Comment period extended on Park Pointe project
February 9, 2009
By Jim Feehan
The public has an extra two weeks to comment on a proposed 67-acre housing development site behind the grandstand of Issaquah High School.
The project, Park Pointe, would be built in an area on the lower west slope of Tiger Mountain, directly east of the school.
A draft environmental impact statement was issued Jan. 14 and the initial comment period was slated to end Feb. 13. The extension is in response to the public and requests from the state Department of Transportation and the city’s Public Works Department for more time to comment, said Peter Rosen, an environmental planner with the city.
A Jan. 29 public meeting at City Hall had a good turn out, he said.
“We had 25 people there and, so far, we’ve had seven people provide written comment and two people who responded by e-mail,” he said.
Traffic and storm water runoff were among some of the concerns expressed at the meeting, he said.
The draft statement examines three alternatives for the site:
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.
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, Rosen said.
After completion of the comment period, a final environmental impact statement will be prepared. It will respond to comments received, make corrections, and 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 completed, the permit review process for the master site plan and preliminary plat applications will begin.
The development has been planned for 10 years, Rosen said.
The comment period for the Park Pointe development has been extended to Feb. 27. Send comments to Peter Rosen, Issaquah Planning Department, P.O. Box 1307, Issaquah, WA 98027, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.