Council sets workshop for Central Issaquah Plan
February 12, 2013
By Stacy Buell
Months after the City Council adopted the Central Issaquah Plan, members intend to delve into the redevelopment blueprint again to refine important development rules.
The council plans to meet Feb. 20 for a public workshop to discuss design and development standards, or the rules for buildings, community spaces, landscaping, signage and more. City staffers intend to answer the council’s questions as members prepare to sign off on the last outstanding Central Issaquah Plan piece.
City Council workshop
That piece is scheduled to reach the council for consideration and possible adoption April 1.
The workshop is similar to a Central Issaquah Plan session the council held in late August 2012 to address questions about the proposal.
The council adopted the Central Issaquah Plan in December.
The plan increased the height limit for buildings in the business district — about 1,000 acres stretched along Interstate 90 — up to 125 feet from 65 feet.
The document could act as a guide to a future Issaquah or, as critics suggest, invite more sprawl to the community, further clog already-congested roads and mar the Issaquah Alps panorama.
Central Issaquah encompasses the retail destinations Pickering Place, and the Meadows and Issaquah Commons shopping centers. The area does not include historic downtown Issaquah.