Public hearing is Thursday to discuss environmental impact of Park Pointe housing development

January 24, 2009

By Jim Feehan

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Jan. 24, 2008

A public meeting will be held Thursday to discuss the draft environmental impact statement for a proposed 67-acre housing development site behind the grandstand of Issaquah High School.

The project, called Park Pointe, would be built in an area on the lower west slope of Tiger Mountain, directly east of the school. Access would be provided by an extension of Southeast Evans Street, east of Fourth Avenue Southeast.

The draft statement was issued Jan. 14. Comments will be accepted until Feb. 13.

“The overall purpose of the environmental impact statement is to look at the environmental impacts of the project and to inform decision makers,” said Peter Rosen, an environmental planner with the city.

The statement examines three alternatives:

♦ the lower bench impact development that would develop about 14 acres on the lower slope with a total of 251 residential units – 121 single-family attached units and 130 multifamily units. 

♦ the full-build low impact would have a development area of about 32 acres with a total of 344 residential units – 59 single-family detached, 145 single-family attached and 140 multifamily units. The development would be both the lower flat portion of Park Pointe and on top of the slope. The mid-slope area has a steep grade and is protected under the city’s critical areas ordinance, Rosen said.

♦ a no action alternative under which the property would remain undeveloped.  

The statement consists of two volumes. Volume 1 is intended to be a summary document, providing the key findings from the more extensive technical reports in Volume 2. Volume 2 is provided as a CD in the back of Volume 1. Readers who want more details and technical information can refer to Volume 2, which includes 15 technical reports addressing the impacts of the proposed development on various environmental elements, Rosen said.

“What we’re looking at here is the possible impacts to traffic, storm water, public utilities and parks and recreation this development would have,” he said.

The draft statement process is completely separate from the Park Pointe transfer of development rights to the Issaquah Highlands plan, which proposes preserving Park Pointe and focusing the planned new development to the Issaquah Highlands, Rosen said.

After completion of the comment period, a final environmental impact statement will be prepared.  It will respond to comments received, make corrections, explain how the analysis in the draft statement has been revised and how the draft statement alternatives may have been modified.

After completing the final draft statement, the permit review process for the master site plan and preliminary plat applications will begin.


Get involved

The comment period for the draft environmental impact statement ends Feb. 13. Written comments should be sent to Peter Rosen, environmental planner, Issaquah Planning Department, P.O. Box 1307, Issaquah, WA  98027.  Or submit comments by e-mailing peterr@ci.issaquah.wa.us.

 

If you go

Public meeting

4:30-8 Thursday

City Council Chambers

Information about the proposed development will be available and comments on the draft environmental impact statement will be received.

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