Rapid Response

July 6, 2010

By Contributor

How can the city best encourage owners of undeveloped land/open space to preserve their property for conservation?

Pass an ordinance that says we’ve met all our growth targets, and then stop granting permits for new construction.

Bryan Weinstein, Issaquah

Have environmental groups, such as Conservancy and Mountains to Sound, purchase the land. Provide tax incentives and donors with public recognition through statues, plaques, sitting benches, etc. Provide incentive for projects willing to preserve open space.

Mark Bowers, Issaquah

If it is zoned for development, the only honest thing to do is to buy it from them or purchase development rights to keep it as open space. Anything else is stealing.

Fred Nystrom, Issaquah

Where are existing models of privately held land that is being held in stewardship in ways that honor people and the environment?

Don Burnett, Issaquah

Reduce taxes if they do a good attempt.

Ken Sessler, Issaquah

Be prepared to provide concessions in return, such as relaxing zoning restrictions and regulations, accelerating the approval process and negotiating transfer development rights.

Ray Extract, Issaquah

Help wealthy residents find tax incentives and help the city through charitable donations.

Hank Thomas, Issaquah

Tax breaks.

Jim Harris, Issaquah

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