City Council starts quarry redevelopment process
November 29, 2011
The long-term effort to transform land in North Issaquah and adjacent to the Issaquah Highlands from a quarry into businesses and homes inched ahead Nov. 21.
In a unanimous decision, City Council members authorized municipal staffers to start preparing a development agreement between the city and Issaquah-based Lakeside Industries Inc.
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.
Lakeside Industries, the landowner and quarry operator, proposed the agreement for the 80-acre site.
Lakeside also agreed to pay for the city’s administration costs — $195,000 — for creating a development agreement.
If officials decide to draft the development agreement after receiving input from the public, the measure could reach the council for a decision in December 2012.
Issaquah absorbed the quarry and a large portion of land involved in the proposal in the 2000 North Issaquah annexation.