City seeks input on proposed Rowley Properties rezone
November 15, 2011
The process to transform about 80 acres in the decades ahead is due to continue Nov. 21.
City Council members plan to gather input from citizens about a proposed rezone of Rowley Properties-owned Hyla Crossing and Rowley Center from commercial land to urban village — a designation used to foster mixed-use construction in the Issaquah Highlands and Talus.
Such a zoning change means the Urban Village Development Commission — the panel responsible for overseeing development in the highlands and Talus — could also call shots on construction in Hyla Crossing and Rowley Center.
The council is hosting a public hearing on the proposal and a separate item to redevelop the properties into medium- to high-density areas for businesses and residences.
Hyla Crossing and Rowley Center proposed rezone public hearing
The hearing is the latest step in a decadeslong process to reshape Hyla Crossing and Rowley Center. In the past year, planners outlined a broad proposal to turn acres of low-rise office buildings, automotive service centers and self-storage units on land near Interstate 90 and state Route 900 into pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods.
Rowley Properties and city planners embarked on a bold effort in April 2010 to redevelop Hyla Crossing and Rowley Center in Central Issaquah.
The effort also prompted questions about the potential impacts redevelopment could cause on traffic congestion, mountain vistas and the environment.
The city is in the midst of a parallel effort to define redevelopment in 915-acre Central Issaquah in the coming decades. The agreement to redevelop the Rowley Properties land is seen as critical to the overall redevelopment push.