City seeks input on shoreline development rules

November 9, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

Landowners along Issaquah Creek and Lake Sammamish could face updated construction rules under the latest Shoreline Master Program, the guide to development along important waterways inside Issaquah city limits.

The program is designed to protect creek and lake shoreline, but the proposal also allows for residential development, recreation and public access along Issaquah Creek and Lake Sammamish.

The city Planning Policy Commission has planned a public hearing next week for creek- and lakeside landowners, plus any other citizens interested in development and shoreline protection.

The hearing is the latest in a series of public meetings to gather input about shoreline growth and protection. The process has helped planners evaluate policy options for shoreline protection and building standards, plus rules for docks and moorage buoys on the lake. The draft Shoreline Master Program reflects input gathered at previous meetings.

The program applies to so-called shorelines of the state — Lake Sammamish, and the main stem and East Fork of Issaquah Creek. Shoreline regulations apply to land located within 200 feet of the shorelines, plus associated wetlands.

The city shoreline program has not been updated since officials adopted the initial rules in 1990. The city has experienced unprecedented growth in the 20 years since then, and annexed the lakeside Greenwood Point and South Cove neighborhoods in 2006. The updated program includes lake shoreline in the neighborhoods.

The state Department of Ecology awarded $80,000 to the city to complete the Shoreline Master Program update.

Get involved

Planning Policy Commission

  • Agenda: Shoreline Master Program public hearing
  • 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18
  • Council Chambers
  • City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way
  • Learn more here, or contact Environmental Planner Peter Rosen at or 837-3094.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or Comment at

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