City could OK quarry redevelopment near Issaquah Highlands

November 4, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 3:45 p.m. Nov. 4, 2011

The hillside quarry below the Issaquah Highlands, plus land adjacent to the highlands, could someday transform into businesses and homes, if the city and landowner approve a long-term agreement to redevelop the site.

The landowner and quarry operator, Lakeside Industries, Inc., proposed a development agreement for the 80-acre site. The proposal heads to the City Council for consideration Monday. The council is expected to refer the proposal to the committee for further discussion.

The site — a quarry, a hillside and land on the plateau adjacent to the highlands — is zoned for mineral resources. The agreement under consideration could change the zoning to urban village — the same zoning for the highlands and Talus.

In return for allowing Lakeside to develop the land, the city could receive funds for transportation and other infrastructure from the developer.

The city Comprehensive Plan — a blueprint for long-term growth — calls for mineral resource land to be transformed for “adequate reclamation and enhancement of the site” after the resource-related work concludes.

Officials said the long-term agreement could ensure the land is developed in a manner beneficial to the community and Issaquah-based Lakeside. The city announced the proposal Friday afternoon.

Lakeside also agreed to pay for the city’s administration costs for creating a development agreement. The council is expected to refer the measure to the Council Land & Shore Committee.

If officials decide to draft the development agreement after receiving input from the public next year, the measure requires a final council vote.

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