City Council rezones creekside land for downtown park

July 19, 2011

By Staff

The effort to create a downtown park along Issaquah Creek inched ahead July 5, as the City Council rezoned the open space for a 15.5-acre park.

The city needed to rezone the park parcels from open space to community parks before the development process could proceed.

The site encompasses Tollë Anderson, Cybil-Madeline and Issaquah Creek parks. The city Parks & Recreation Department intends to develop the parcels as a single park.

The city cannot develop a community park on open space due to zoning restrictions.

Though such a rezoning is a routine step, the city Planning Policy Commission raised questions about possible uses for the site in April.

The city pitched the park as a location for trails and other passive recreation options. Restrictions attached to the land limit the uses on the land.

The rules supersede the zoning and prohibit certain features, such as ball fields, allowed in a typical recreation area from the creekside park.

Ultimately, the Planning Policy Commission endorsed the rezoning and council members rezoned the land in a unanimous decision.

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