This Week: Council Preview, Juanita Beach Closure, Budget Public Hearing, Heat Pump Workshops

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November 10, 2022

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City Council Meeting Preview


The next regular meeting of the Kirkland City Council is on Tuesday, November 15, 2022. This will be a hybrid meeting, and community members are welcome to attend the meeting in person or via Zoom. Limited socially distant seating will be available in the Council Chamber, as well as some limited overflow seating.  

Here’s a brief overview of some of the items on the Business Agenda for the November 15 meeting, which starts at 7:30 p.m.:  

2044 Comprehensive Plan The City will be updating its Kirkland Comprehensive Plan with a target completion in fall of 2024. The Council will receive a briefing from staff on the status of this effort and will receive an overview of reports conducted by two consultant teams assisting in this long-range planning efforts.

Public Hearing - Preliminary 2023 Property Tax Ordinance Council will hold a public hearing on the budget and the preliminary 2023 property tax levy.

Public HearingPlanned Action Ordinance for the NE 85th St Station Area Council will hold a public hearing on the draft Planned Action Ordinance (PAO) for the NE 85th St Station Area.  This draft PAO excludes the planned Google campus on the Lee Johnson site, which was the subject of an independent PAO adopted in September 2022. 

Personal Delivery Devices Council will review a draft ordinance concerning regulation of personal delivery devices on the City’s rights-of-way. These devices have previously been described as “Autonomous Personal Delivery Devices.”  

Aquatics and Recreation Center - Council will receive a presentation and will provide direction about an Aquatics and Recreation Facility Feasibility Study, which will be used to inform a potential 2023 Parks Ballot Measure(s).

Prior to the above business agenda, the Council will also hold a Study Session starting at 5:30 p.m., where they will discuss:   

Station Area Plan City Council will receive an update on the Station Area Plan planning process, focusing on Phase 2 Form-based Code and an update on the 120th Ave NE corridor study.  

Health Through Housing Draft Agreement with King County City Council will review and provide feedback on the proposed working draft Permanent Supportive Housing Agreement between the City of Kirkland and King County as well as the proposed working draft Services Agreement between the County and the future operator of the designated permanent supporting housing facility in Kirkland.

Meeting details:   

The business meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and is preceded by a 5:30 p.m. study session. The agenda for the November 15 meeting will be available on the City website on Monday on the Kirkland City Council agendas webpage. You can also receive meeting agendas in your inbox by subscribing to “City Council Agendas” on the Kirkland email lists subscription page.    

How to watch:  Kirkland City Council meetings are streamed live and can be watched after the fact on the City of Kirkland Facebook page and the City YouTube channel, in addition to the livestream on the City website. Meetings are also televised on Comcast Cable Channel 21 and Ziply Cable Channel 31.    

How to participate:  Members of the public wishing to address the Council may do so in-person or via Zoom during the “Items from the Audience” part of the agenda. That part of the agenda occurs at the beginning of the Council’s business meeting at 7:30 p.m. Information on the comment sign up process to provide comment to the City Council, and on attending the meeting virtually, is available on the City Council webpage 

Written comments can also be submitted to For additional questions, please call the City Clerk’s Office at (425) 587-3190. 

Community Conversations

Northeast Recycling & Transfer Station Project

Share Your Thoughts on the Northeast Transfer Station King County Solid Waste Division would like to hear from you about the Northeast Recycling & Transfer Station project. Visit the online open house between now and January 17 to learn more and provide comment. 

And join one of the upcoming Scoping Meetings to share what is important to you and what you think the project team should consider. The first Scoping Meeting is December 1 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Lake Washington HS. Read more at King County Solid Waste.

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How can I contact the City with questions, requests, or suggestions?

You can always contact City staff through the Our Kirkland service portal, available on the web and mobile app. Submitting your comments through Our Kirkland ensures the right staff receives the information and is able to follow up with you.

For more opportunities to provide feedback to the City, please visit our Community Conversations page.

Juanita Beach Precautionary Closure Due to Sewer Main Break

Juanita Beach Closure

Juanita Beach is closed, starting Wednesday, November 9, as a precaution due to a sewer main break that occurred upstream of Juanita Creek at NE 132nd St and 116th Ave NE.

The City of Kirkland Storm and Surface Water Division has collected samples and is completing testing of the water at Juanita Beach. As a precaution, the City along with Public Health – Seattle & King County, have recommended the beach closure until the test results are finalized. The beach at Juanita Beach Park will reopen when bacteria levels read within the safe range.

People and pets should not swim, drink lake water, or engage in other water activities at Juanita Beach. 

Signs will be posted indicating that the beach is closed.

Updates about Juanita Beach Park will be posted on the City webpage.

Public Hearing on 2023-2024 Budget Nov 15

2023-2024 Budget Cover

The City Council will hold its third public hearing on the budget on November 15. Prior public hearings were held on October 4 and November 1. For information on participating in the Public Hearing, please visit the City Council’s website.  

You can review the City Manager's 2023-2024 Preliminary Budget, "Sustaining Services and Building a Community Where Everyone Belongs" on the City’s website.  

The Council is anticipated to adopt the 2023-2024 budget at its December 13, 2022, meeting.   

For more information on the budget process and to provide feedback about the budget, please visit the City’s webpage. 

City Offices Closed Tomorrow, Nov 11

Veteran's Day Holiday Closure

City administrative offices are closed on Friday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day. Fire, police, and other critical services will remain fully operational. City services normally accessible through email, the Our Kirkland service portal, and over the phone will resume at 8 a.m., Monday, November 14. 

‘Best of 425’ Voting Open

Vote For the Best of 425

The Best of 425 is back and voting is open. Casting a vote is a great way to support local business and to say thank you if you had an exceptional experience or service. Your vote will help choose the best restaurants, businesses, shops, activities, and people of the Eastside. You can cast one vote per category and vote in as many or as few categories as you like. The Best list will be published in a future issue of 425 Magazine. Voting ends Friday, January 6 at 5 p.m. Cast your votes today! 

Parks Funding Exploratory Committee Meets Tonight

PFEC - Toddler - Sara - Ballet

The Parks Funding Exploratory Committee meets for the fifth time tonight, November 10. The committee will learn about what goes into the City’s recreation programs, classes, and community events. They will dig deeper into recommendations from the 2022 Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan. Planning and Building Director Adam Weinstein will also share an overview of population projecting and city planning.  

Learn more about PFEC at 

Use FREE Extra Yard Waste Pick Up and Help Prevent Fall Flooding

Leaves on Drain

Please help prevent flooding in your neighborhood by cleaning leaves off storm drains and streets. Fallen leaves pile up on storm drains and block rainwater from draining, which can lead to neighborhood flooding. City crews work hard to keep storm drains clear of leaves, but with over 15,000 drains in Kirkland and 648 miles of streets, we could use your help!  

If severe flooding occurs in your neighborhood, call our 24/7 hotline at (425) 587-3900 for assistance from a City crew. 

Yard waste piling up? During the month of November, extra yard waste is FREE in Kirkland. Fill your gray cart first, then put out extra leaves in paper bags or durable containers labeled "yard waste" (Up to 5 per collection day). Plastic bags are not accepted.   

We appreciate your help clearing leaves from your storm drains! 

Upgrade Your Heating to a Heat Pump Through Energy Smart Eastside

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Save Energy ▪ Lower Your Carbon Footprint ▪ Access Both Heating and Cooling 

Eastside residents have an opportunity to learn about and purchase discounted heat pump systems through Energy Smart Eastside, a multi-city energy efficiency program.     

Heat pumps are highly efficient heating (and cooling) systems that use less energy than traditional electric heating systems and can result in lower utility bills.  

To qualify for the Energy Smart Eastside discount, attend a free, 1-hour virtual workshop.     

Read more, and register for an upcoming workshop, at:  

Traffic Alerts

Third Street – Norkirk  

Kirkland’s 2022 street paving contractor is intermittently closing lanes on Central Way while its crews re-establish the maintenance hole lids they removed before grinding and re-paving its intersection with Third Street.   

The daily lane-shifts begin at 7 a.m. and end at 6 p.m.   

Lakeview Drive – Lakeview  

Kirkland’s 2022 street paving contractor is alternating lane-closures next week on Lakeview Drive between Lake Washington Boulevard and Northeast 64th Street while its crews re-establish the maintenance hole lids they removed before grinding the street and re-paving it.   

The daily lane-shifts begin at 7 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.   

Kirkland Avenue – Everest, Highlands, Moss Bay  

Kirkland’s 2022 street paving contractor is alternating lane-closures next week on Kirkland Way between Sixth Street and Northeast 85th Street while its crews re-establish the maintenance hole lids they removed before grinding the street and re-paving it.   

The daily lane-shifts begin at 7 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.   

Northeast 132nd Street at I-405 – Juanita/Kingsgate  

Drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists will encounter continued construction as WSDOT’s contractor builds a new interchange for Interstate 405.  

For questions about this traffic control, or other questions about this project, call WSDOT’s project hotline at 425-224-2433.  

Northeast 124th Street – Juanita  

Drivers continue to encounter construction at 116th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 124th Street, where a Kirkland contractor is constructing a new right-turn only lane to improve traffic flow.    

Interwest Construction is returning to day work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The project also builds a wide sidewalk with street trees and street lighting along the northwest side of 116th Avenue Northeast.   

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Green Kirkland Partnership Stewardship Events 

Visit the Green Kirkland Event Calendar to learn more and register to volunteer or use the links below. 

Pre-registration is requested from participants and new events are being posted on a rolling basis! Visit our 'What to Expect' page for current pandemic safety, youth waiver guidelines and more. 

  • Sunday, November 13, 2022, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, November 23, 2022, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

For more events from the City, visit our Community Events page. For up to date happenings around Kirkland, visit 

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Tree Rebates - Deadline Extended