State OKs King County rules for creek, lake

January 29, 2013

By Staff

The state Department of Ecology approved King County rules for development near shorelines, including Issaquah Creek and Lake Sammamish, county and state officials announced Jan. 17.

The plan, or shoreline master program, is designed to guide construction and development on almost 2,000 miles of marine, stream and lake shorelines countywide.

The county Shoreline Master Program includes stretches of Issaquah Creek — from the headwaters on Tiger Mountain to the Issaquah city limits — and the creek mouth in Lake Sammamish State Park.

The plan also includes some Lake Sammamish shoreline. Though Issaquah surrounds Lake Sammamish State Park on all sides, the park is in unincorporated King County, and county rules apply to the lakeshore inside the park. The state agency continues to review the proposed Issaquah shoreline master program. The city last updated shoreline development rules in 1990.

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