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.

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2 Responses to “Council approves 2014 annexation vote”

  1. bryan weinstein on July 17th, 2013 6:49 am

    if you think that the city of issaquah serves only special interest groups and leaves citizens’ concerns behind – you will be in for a big surprise when thousands of active, voting new residents who live in a geographically different area than old town, the highlands, talus and south cove start flexing their political muscle. perhaps those plastic bags will make a comeback?

  2. Sally on July 20th, 2013 1:37 am

    We should figure that whoever is calling the shots in Issaquah wants to grow this town to the 50,000 it takes to receive federal entitlement funds. So annex, annex and annex, grow ten story Rowleyville and do not pay attention to water, roadways, pollution or the inability to evacuate in a hurry if the need arises. Has anybody gotten high enough this week and looked over the lake to Bellevue. That layer of color isn’t sunrise/set, it is the pollution layer. But for gosh sakes, get your plastic bags back.

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