Rapid Response

February 1, 2011

By Contributor

The ambitious Central Issaquah Plan has recommended tall buildings and dense development in the business district. How do the recommendations jibe with Issaquah’s existing character?

It doesn’t. Five percent to 10 percent pervious should never be allowed and 150-foot buildings were never in the vision that the community recommended.

Connie Marsh, Issaquah

The city recently received $100,000 to study another transfer of development rights, with the receiving site in the business district. Should the area along Interstate 90 be redeveloped into a dense neighborhood?

It does not make sense to make a dense neighborhood area and at the same time talk about opening up an area for a park complex.

Ken Sessler, Issaquah

The push for high density is a Eurocentric concept of tall buildings, narrow roads and mass transit. In many cases Issaquah has already been spoiled by the “village” concept.

Mark Bowers, Issaquah

Yes, that’s where the infrastructure is to support growth and higher density will spur improved mass transit. Focus growth internally instead of sprawling out across more forestlands.

Ken Konigsmark, Issaquah

Density will be a problem in the future. High rises address the problem of land usage but not car, truck, bus and people density. High rises will create a great demand of all the above.

Jim Harris, Issaquah

We should all be prepared to pay higher taxes to put the infrastructure needed to support this growth starting now — I for one am excited to pay higher taxes for higher buildings.

Bryan Weinstein, Issaquah

“Issaquah’s existing character?” It does not “jibe” with either our low density, strip mall, sprawling suburbia current reality or our small idyllic town in the trees fantasies. It simply replaces them with a new “dense” fantasy.

C.A. Christensen, Issaquah

I believe I would be happy with a maximum of three stories, possibly even a couple of four story ones. I have driven on Front Street and checked the buildings.

Michael Powell, Issaquah

Central Issaquah needs dense, people-friendly places and spaces. I don’t see how tall buildings foster movement and community. They don’t fit.

Barbara Shelton, Issaquah

In most cities, they usually leave the old historic town intact and create a modern area where new and tall buildings can exist. If this is the direction they are headed, then they are on the right track.

Becky Wilder, Issaquah

Preserves and expands the walkable urban village, while incorporating modern amenities, such as personal rapid transit vehicles, new office space, retail, and parks.

Gail Givan, Issaquah

King County voters overwhelmingly rejected a sales tax to pay for criminal justice services, including police protection. What can the county do to better prioritize and pay for such services in the future?

The negative effects of layoffs in these areas, the lack of or delay in response by law enforcement agencies and the negative impact on quality of life might encourage a more favorable response the next time some form of taxation is proposed. Meanwhile, management needs to review every process to find more efficient ways to accomplish more with less.  That’s the challenge that every level of government must face today.

Ray Extract, Issaquah

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One Response to “Rapid Response”

  1. Lauree Naval on February 2nd, 2011 5:00 pm

    High density has a place in Issaquah if we want to keep our open space and rely more on regional and alternative transportation for the projected 10,000 newcomers to Issaquah by 2020, and the additional 10,000 newcomers by 2030, and the additional 10,000 newcomers by 2040. We have the enviable position of being in a growing region that will flourish for decades to come. Offering a variety of lifestyles is the foundation of success. A high rise lifestyle is yet to be offered here, it will become an alternative to the variety of lifestyles Issaquah will support. The plan limits it’s use with view corridors, and access to transit to insure it is placed wisely. Sprawl is not an acceptable alternative and we must provide homes for those to come.

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