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Kirkland, WA: Charter Company Request Permit

Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2016 1:43 pm
by KlausNW
LETTER | Last chance for input regarding seaplanes at Carillon Point!

Read article here:

Carillon Point has submitted a request to be allowed to operate seaplanes out of their dock. June 20 is the last chance to submit comments!

The service would include two planes docking along the guest pier of the Woodmark Hotel, offering 20-minute flights. The planes would operate from 9 a.m. to one hour before sunset, year-round. If the permit is approved, it could open the door for similar operations elsewhere in Kirkland.

After city planners complete their review process, there will be a public hearing. A hearing date has not yet been set, but will probably be in September, and will be in the evening.

Any residents or property owners who received notices from the city will be notified of the hearing, as well as anyone who sends written comments. Those who send written comments will also have the ability to appeal. The public notice signs, city notice board at City Hall, and City website will also be posted with the hearing date.

After the hearing, the City Hearing Examiner will make a decision to approve, modify, or deny the application. The decision will be based on whether the application complies with Kirkland’s Zoning Code and other applicable codes. The final decision will be made by the State Department of Ecology.

If you have concerns about noise or other impacts, it is urgent that you send them before June 20 at 5 pm. If seaplanes are allowed at Carillon Point, it would set a precedent for seaplanes to be allowed elsewhere on the lake.

Permit information can be viewed at Enter permit number SHR16-00803.

In your letter, reference SHR16-00803 and send the email to:,,,,,,,

Re: Kirkland, WA: Charter Company Request Permit

Unread postPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 4:12 pm
by KlausNW
Follow up to the request for a dock on Lake Washington just a little northeast of Seattle.

The council is allowing the operation but not without some limitations...

Kirkland hearing examiner issues decision on Carillon Point seaplane permit

The Kirkland hearing examiner has approved — with conditions — the Carillon Point Seaplane Operation Shoreline Conditional Use Permit, moving it forward to the Washington State Department of Ecology for a final decision.

James Young of Seaplane Scenics and Sue Gemmill of Carillon Properties are the permit applicants, proposing to operate a commercial seaplane tourism business out of the Carillon Point Marina. Young’s company, which is based in Renton and already offers Lake Washington tours, is looking to expand to Kirkland.

They have been met with concerns from residents near Carillon Point, including Karen Story, who filed a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) appeal in opposition to the permit on behalf of the Citizens for a Livable Waterfront group. The hearing examiner denied the appeal in February.

In the decision on the permit, Hearing Examiner Ryan Vancil added conditions for the operation of the seaplane business, including the following:

“The applicant shall provide regular maintenance of aircraft, and operate aircraft, to prevent engine backfire and noise exceeding the maximum levels allowed by code.”
“Only one take-off and one landing per hour shall occur, including the return flight of the aircraft at the end of the day. The float plane operation shall be limited to the following hours of operation: (a) 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; and (b) 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday.”
“The applicant shall only utilize Cessna 172 and 185 aircraft, or aircraft that meets the same standards or better for noise emissions.”

Vancil issued the decision on the conditional use permit on April 19, and City of Kirkland planner Christian Geitz said the Dept. of Ecology has 21 days from that decision to issue its decision.

More information about the conditional use permit, which is also known as file number SHR16-00803, can be found on the city’s website,, on the planning department’s public notices page. Geitz said documentation of the Dept. of Ecology’s decision will be posted there as well once it is received.

Whatever the Dept. of Ecology decides can be appealed; petitions for review must be filed within 21 days of the decision with the State Shoreline Hearings Board.

Who says that the Northwest isn't "Seaplane Friendly" at least between 9 am to 8pm Monday thru Friday. Bla Bla Bla....