Council approves 2014 annexation vote
July 15, 2013
By Peter Clark
NEW — 10:22 p.m., July 15, 2013
Compared with the intense study process, the City Council’s Klahanie annexation decision was a mostly subdued affair.
With a vote of 6-1, the council’s role in this round of potential annexation took a large step forward with the decision to place the future of the Klahanie’s residents in the hands of its voters.
As opposed to the vocal public hearings and the numerous hours examining the Nesbitt Planning, Inc. financial study, a small presentation was delivered to the council by Finance Director Diane Marcotte and Bob Harrison summarizing the Land & Shore Committee’s recommendation. Following that, most of the council gave detailed reasons for individual support on the resolution and approved it.
Councilman Joshua Schaer was the dissenting vote. In the course of council discussion, he presented a prepared statement that outlined numerous oversights he felt the study made that he believed would cost the city millions of dollars.
“My vision is not the grow, grow, grow, build, build build mindset,” Schaer said. “Before we reach out and expand, we should try to fix our own problems.”
The next steps will be for the city’s boundary review board to define and approve zoning over the next several months. Public hearings will be held this fall to establish the pre-annexation zoning. The city will work with King County to hold an election in February of 2014 for Klahanie potential annexation area voters to decide whether they will join the official Issaquah municipality.