Mountain dwellers Squak for transit bus service

September 23, 2008

Squak Mountain residents who long for bus service, take heart. The city is exploring options for exactly that.

At a Sept. 11 meeting of the Council Transportation Committee, Transportation Manager Gary Costa outlined some ideas. These include adding to the Route 200 circulator bus; adding to the Metro Route 927 bus, which now runs from Sammamish to downtown Issaquah; starting a dial-a-ride service; starting a ride-share van service; and establishing a “good neighbor” carpooling organization.

Each option has its good and bad points, and none has been analyzed in detail. But at first glance, certain issues were obvious.

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City to build Newport Way hiking, biking trail

September 23, 2008

With a simple switcheroo of funds, the city has found money to build a “missing link” section of

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Press Editorial

September 23, 2008

Saving Tiger Mountain best part of land deal

The three-way land deal that will save the lower bench of Tiger Mountain, behind Issaquah High School, is a masterpiece in creative thinking. The Park Pointe development that would have brought 356 homes to the flanks of the Tiger Mountain State Forest will remain open space, an additional 102 acres of wildlife and recreational trails for the Issaquah Alps.

Issaquah does have to make room for future growth, however, and those home sites will be relocated to the Issaquah Highlands, under the deal that includes Highlands developer Port Blakely. The city will allow another 550 homes there, along with another 1.1 million square feet of office space, in exchange for 144 acres of open space  — 102 on Tiger Mountain and another 42 owned by Port Blakely.

One of the more controversial aspects of the deal will be the need for King County officials to approve moving the urban growth boundary to enlarge the Highlands by 36 acres. We have repeatedly been reluctant to see that line moved other than for a tweak here and there, but this is the exception to the rule.

Gaining 144 acres of open space for 36 acres of urban density adjacent to good infrastructure makes this a win. It’s the kind of deal that allowed the Highlands to be built in the first place, preserving four acres of open space for every acre of urban development. The planned community already has 1,700 acres of dedicated parks and open space.

But Issaquah has more reasons to like this deal. Port Blakely will make $3 million worth of ball field improvements to Central Park in the Highlands. And Port Blakely will sell 3 acres to the city for a needed human services campus, along with affordable or low-income housing that can be built on upper levels.

We understand the deal has a lot of angles to be worked out before it is reality, but the Park Pointe seller and buyer, and the city, have agreed to an end result. We are hopeful we can soon erase the feared image of housing on the slopes of Issaquah’s stately Tiger Mountain.

Letters To The Editor

September 23, 2008

 

Gary Moore

Issaquah High coach’s legacy deserves changing name of football stadium

After reading Gary Moore’s obit last week and news articles, I believe Gary’s attributes as an Issaquah High School coach and teacher are worthy of a stadium name change. While Read more

Public Meetings

September 23, 2008

Sept. 24

Parks & Recreation

Public meeting about the 2008 Aquatic Feasibility Study

7 to 8:30 p.m.

Tibbetts Creek Manor

750 17th Ave. N.W. 

 

Human Services Commission

7 to 9 p.m.

City Hall, Coho Room

130 E. Sunset Way

 

Cascade Water Alliance

Board of Directors

3:30 p.m.

Bellevue City Hall, Room 1E-108

450 110th Ave. N.E.

Bellevue

 

Issaquah School District

Board of Directors

7:30 p.m.

Administration Building

565 N.W. Holly Street

 

Sept. 25

Cable TV Commission

6:30 to 9 p.m.

City Hall, Coho Room

130 E. Sunset Way

 

Planning Policy Commission

Agenda: Land Use Code amendments: transportation concurrency

6:30 to 9 p.m.

City Hall South, Council Chambers

135 E. Sunset Way

 

Oct. 1

Council Transportation Committee

5 to 7 p.m.

City Hall Northwest, Pickering Room

1775 12th Ave. N.W. 

 

Development Commission

7 to 9 p.m.

City Hall South, Council Chambers

135 E. Sunset Way

 

Eastside Fire & Rescue

Board of Directors

3:30 p.m.

Headquarters Station

175 Newport Way N.W.

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