King County aims to transfer land to city
February 1, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
King County intends to unload a small parcel to Issaquah soon through a routine land transfer.
County Council members intend to shift the land to Issaquah more than a decade after the city annexed the surrounding area.
The wedge-shaped parcel consists of 1.07 acres along the 23600 block of Southeast Black Nugget Road between Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road and Highlands Drive Northeast. The property includes a storm water pond.
The council has scheduled a Feb. 7 public hearing on the deal as part of the procedure for land transfers.
Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger described the hearing as routine, and said she expects the transfer to be completed.
The storm water pond on the land provides important drainage for sections of Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road and Southeast Black Nugget Road inside Issaquah city limits. Issaquah has agreed to take on the parcel and to maintain the storm water pond.
The county acquired the land more than a decade ago for a road-improvement project. Issaquah then absorbed the area as part of the North Issaquah annexation.
Through the annexation, the city also took ownership of the road right of way, but the county did not transfer the parcel to the city as part of the shift.
The annexation boundary change took effect in February 2000. The shift also added the Overdale Park neighborhood and the retail corridor along East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast to the city.
Officials laid the framework in recent months to complete the transfer.
Frisinger signed the agreement to authorize the transfer in September. The ordinance under County Council consideration authorizes King County Executive Dow Constantine to execute the agreement to transfer the land.
Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.
- Agenda: Issaquah land transfer public hearing
- 1:30 p.m. Feb. 7
- King County Courthouse
- 516 Third Ave., Seattle
- Residents can also read the land-transfer ordinance at the Clerk of the Council’s website.