Issaquah City Council adopts updated lake, creek shoreline plan

February 26, 2013

By Staff

The Issaquah City Council voted unanimously Feb. 19 to adopt updated plans for land along Issaquah Creek and Lake Sammamish.

The updated Shoreline Master Program is designed to guide construction and development for 12 miles along the creek and the lake. The rules combine local plans for future development and preservation, plus recent development ordinances and related permitting requirements. The plan is meant to minimize environmental damage to shoreline areas.

Following a state mandate, the city has been working for several years to update its plan. More than a dozen public meetings on the matter took place between 2007 and Dec. 19, 2011, when the council approved the shoreline update. The plan was then sent to the state Department of Ecology, which reviewed the program and sent it back to the council Sept. 24, with requests for a few specific changes.

Those changes, the city’s environmental planner Peter Rosen explained Feb. 19, were minor and mostly involved language clarifications. The biggest difference a homeowner who went through the process in 2011 would notice, he said, would be that the dock size for a single-family residence was reduced from 500 square feet to 480 square feet.

Read the complete Shoreline Master Program on the city’s website at

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