Council OKs large list of possible comprehensive plan updates

April 15, 2014

By Peter Clark

The Issaquah City Council expects a big update to the city’s comprehensive plan in 2015.

During its April 7 regular meeting, the council approved docket of proposed changes to the plan. There are 19 items, which the administration will investigate whether to include them into the state-mandated plan.

Comprehensive plans are required by state law to include expectations for land use, housing, growth targets, utilities, capital facilities and more.

“The update to our comprehensive plan begins with the establishment of the list of potential amendments to be prepared and reviewed during the coming year,” Councilman Tola Marts said at the meeting. “Once approved, research and analysis will begin. The deadline for council approval of these amendments is June 2015.”

The approved docket includes a number of updates regarding housing, land use, transportation and public services. It also includes considering a few additional annexations into the city, which could extend the Talus development further up Cougar Mountain and bring Lake Sammamish State Park under Issaquah’s jurisdiction.

Before coming to the full City Council, the list of possible changes was approved by the administration, the Planning Policy Commission and the Land & Shore Committee.

“It’s a big docket of work,” Council President Paul Winterstein said. “I’m going to support this document, knowing very well that we’re going to be putting quite a high burden on the entire organization, so let us know how we can help.”

State law stipulates that updates to a city’s comprehensive plan can only occur once a year. Every eight years, state law requires a major update and 2014 is that year. The administration will begin evaluating the impact of each comprehensive plan update and deliver information to the council through the year.


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