Comment on Tiger Mountain housing project
January 27, 2009
By Jim Feehan
251 homes, 344 homes or none?
A public meeting is set for Jan. 29 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:
4the lower bench development would include about 14 acres on the lower slope with 251 residential units — 121 single-family attached units and 130 multifamily units.
4the full-build low impact option would have a development area of about 32 acres with 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.
4a no action alternative under which the property would remain undeveloped.
Volume 1 of the statement is a summary document, providing key findings from the more extensive technical reports in Volume 2, a CD. Residents who want more details and technical information can see the CD, which includes 15 technical reports about the impacts on various environmental elements.
“What we’re looking at here is the possible impacts to traffic, storm water, public utilities and parks and recreation this development would have,” Rosen said.
The draft statement process is completely separate from the Park Pointe transfer of development rights to the Issaquah Highlands proposed plan, which would preserve Park Pointe, he said.
After the comment period ends, a final environmental impact statement will be prepared to 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 the final draft statement is done, the permit review process for the master site plan and preliminary plat applications begin.
If you go
4:30-8 p.m. Jan 29
City Council Chambers
Information about the proposed development will be available and comments on the draft environmental impact statement will be received.
Send written comments to Peter Rosen, Issaquah Planning Department, P.O. Box 1307, Issaquah, WA 98027 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reach Reporter Jim Feehan at 392-6434, ext. 239, or email@example.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com.