February 24, 2009
Start with the Comp Plan to have your ideas heard
If you have any interest at all in helping to shape the future of the city of Issaquah, now is your chance — with only a short time commitment. Each year the city’s Comprehensive Plan comes up for a mandated review. Issaquah has never taken the mandate lightly — the Comp Plan review is always interesting, relevant and pretty thorough.This year, the emphasis seems to be “green.” Both the city parks plan and climate change policies are at the top of the list.
The parks update is expected to focus on open space, including new acreage for Sammamish Cove open space.
The new Comp Plan amendment for climate change calls for an action plan and policy development regarding land use, transportation and now the use of alternative energy sources for homeowners — such as solar panels and wind turbines. Last year, the City Council adopted sustainability strategies. Now, the Comp Plan will be updated to reflect that commitment.
Many of the other Comp Plan changes are just housekeeping, but they are critical to complete the communication between departments and between the city and its citizens. The Comp Plan is the guiding testament to the city’s intent.
For example, transportation concurrency rules changed this past fall, and the Comp Plan will reflect those changes. The council also decided in 2008 not to pursue the Southeast Bypass and references to it will be removed from the Olde Town Subarea Plan and the six-year Transportation Improvement Plan.
The city’s Comp Plan is not light reading, but it is interesting. Everything from human services to utilities to population projections is covered. Anyone seeking a glimpse into the future of Issaquah will find it a treasure trove.
But don’t stop there! Take that newfound knowledge and communicate with the City Council or Planning Department. Your ideas might just be incorporated into the city’s blueprint for tomorrow.