Committee delves into long-term growth plans Monday

May 23, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. May 23, 2010

City Council members will receive updates Monday on commercial development in the Issaquah Highlands, a plan to re-envision the city’s commercial core and a proposal to redevelop high-profile property.

Council Major Planning & Growth Committee members meet 5 p.m. Monday in the Eagle Room at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

The committee will discuss the slice of growth-related goals for 2011 set by the full council in early May.

Most of the meeting, however, will be dominated by updates of ongoing projects: the decadelong push to attract businesses to the highlands, the push to draft the Central Issaquah Plan and a proposed development agreement with Rowley Properties to remake almost 90 acres near Interstate 90.

The development agreement could result in a plan for taller buildings, residences and better mass transit on land now occupied by low-slung offices, automotive services and acres of self-storage units.

Combined, the properties account for 7.1 percent of the land in Central Issaquah, the commercial core of the city.

Committee members will also discuss a proposed change to the agreement with highlands developer Port Blakely Communities to facilitate a development-rights swap. The proposed transfer of development rights aims to preserve the 102-acre Park Pointe property near Issaquah High School by allowing 500 additional residences to be built in the highlands.

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