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Kirkland Considers Assertive Sustainability Master Plan

Posted on Sep 25, 2020 in:
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The Kirkland City Council held a study session on September 15 to discuss the latest round of the Sustainability Master Plan (SMP). The SMP has several goals, including reducing greenhouse carbon emissions, building more sustainable buildings, and reducing reliance on pesticides and natural gas. The SMP proposes, among others, the following:

  • Strongly encourage all Council-approved Development Agreements, Planned Unit Developments, and Master Plans to be High-Performing Green Buildings.
  • Buildings should be Electric Vehicle (EV) Ready.
  • Buildings should no longer be constructed with pipeline gas.  

Staff proposed making these mandatory, but some Councilmembers preferred these be “strongly encouraged” and asked staff to bring back different language for reconsideration. Council is also considering a third-party program/certifier for all buildings, such as Built Green, Living Building standards, or Living Building Petal certification for energy, water, and materials. No final decisions have been made and discussions are ongoing.
The SMP also proposes green housing performance standards for affordable housing. Before the Council is what standards should be required or what Council-approved projects that also include affordable housing should also meet higher sustainability standards. Council will resume discussion on the SMP in October and MBAKS will continue to be involved in the process. 

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