City Council starts quarry redevelopment process

November 29, 2011

By Staff

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.

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One Response to “City Council starts quarry redevelopment process”

  1. bryan on November 30th, 2011 4:29 pm

    i always thought issaquah was a special place because we had a quarry. though i never met the quarry supervisor, mr. slate, i always thought that fred and barney were busy working there and that i’d see wilma or betty in the market. my son never did see bam-bam or pebbles at the park, so hearing that these bedrock plans are being made for the redevelopment of this landmark sort of has my rocks in a jumble. at least i can hope that the houses will be those great single-store slabs and not like the really tall spook houses up in the highlands. ah, quarry – we hardly knew ye…..

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