Kirkland Planning Commission considers changes to tree code

The commission met on Nov. 8 to discuss potential changes.

  • Wednesday, November 7, 2018 8:30am
  • News

During its Nov. 8 meeting, the city of Kirkland’s Planning Commission considered potential amendments to the Kirkland tree code.

The potential tree code amendments that will be under consideration during the meeting are derived from months of community outreach, research and an extensive tree canopy assessment. Some of the significant changes being considered include:

– Designate and protect trees of merit/trees worthy of retention

– Improve tree protection, inspections, and code enforcement on development sites

– Require tree retention decisions to be made early in the design process for short plat/subdivisions, rather than allowing tree removal with each development phase

– Limit the practice of tree removal conducted in anticipation of development permit submittal

– Promote tree diversity

– Revise the code so it is more prescriptive, with more predictable outcomes

Detailed information regarding the project’s research and outreach phase can be found at www.kirklandwa.gov/treecodeupdates.

To date, more than 175 community members have contributed comments at a variety of public engagement opportunities to inform the recommendations under consideration. There are still a number of opportunities for community members to provide feedback on the tree code, including at the City Council meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 20 and the joint Planning Commission/Houghton Community Council meeting on Nov. 26.

Public comment can also be submitted by email to PlanningCommissioners@kirklandwa.gov or to Deb Powers, urban forester, at dpowers@kirklandwa.gov.

More in News

Rep. Patty Kuderer, D-48
Kuderer pushes for election reforms

Her bills involve presidential tax returns, faithless electors, advisory votes and more.

AG suing opioid distributors for ‘ignoring red flags’

Kirkland mother shares her son’s history with methadone.

The Cedar Hills Regional Landfill is the only active landfill in King County. It will operate until at least 2028. It has been in operation since the 1960s. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo
Waste study puts numbers behind King County trash alternatives

County has one remaining landfill located near Maple Valley, and it’s nearing capacity

U.S. is now grounding Renton-made 737 MAX 8 and 9; Boeing supports decision

Update: The decision does not affect Renton production lines.

New Councilmember Curtis is ready to serve Kirkland

The 25-year resident has clear goals for her term.

A new community van provides shared rides, either one-time or recurring, to popular destinations and are available throughout the day, evening and on weekends. Photo courtesy of King County Metro
Kenmore, Kirkland and Metro launch new community van program

The service offers a customizable alternative to public transportation.

Mayor John Marchione was among many community members to place their handprints in the wet cement below the new sign at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound in Redmond after the mosque’s old sign was vandalized in 2016. File photo
Examining hate crimes on the Eastside

The Anti-Defamation League has been tracking hate-fueled crimes and incidents to paint a picture of trends in communities.

Eastside church sues state on International Women’s Day to overturn abortion coverage

The lawsuit was filed by the Alliance Defending Freedom, which is classified as a hate group by Southern Poverty Law Center

Most Read