To the Editor — April 29, 2015

April 28, 2015

Healthcare

Everyone should have basic medical care

“There’s something sick about healthcare,” by Tom Corrigan, in the April 15, 2015, edition of The Issaquah Press was both informative and inspirational to read.

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Commission studies anchor development in central area

April 21, 2015

Adopted in late 2012, the Central Issaquah Plan has been described as a long-term vision for the city that would bring about a dense urban core, a mix of residential and commercial development.

While a few projects are already underway, at the behest of the Issaquah City Council, the city Economic Vitality Commission has identified a number of locations and issues that eventually could receive some extra attention from the city leading to development of anchor projects within the plan area. Regarding the development sites, that extra attention will likely consist of some form of economic incentive.

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Central Issaquah Plan begins to attract developer attention

March 31, 2015

There may not be a multitude of new projects headed into Issaquah at present, but officials still are encouraged with the progress being made on the highly touted Central Issaquah Plan.

“I’m actually pretty excited that we have a few projects because the recession was pretty deep,” Issaquah City Councilwoman Mary Lou Pauly said.

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City seeks big bucks as growth center

March 17, 2015

Local officials recently applied to have Issaquah designated a regional growth center, a move they believe will make the city eligible for considerably more in various grant dollars.

The regional growth center designation is a function of the Puget Sound Regional Council. The city’s application is currently under consideration by the Growth Management Policy Board, said Rick Olson, director of government affairs and communications for the Puget Sound Regional Council.

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Issaquah City Council seeks public input on goal setting by March 16

March 14, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 14, 2015

The Issaquah City Council has begun the process of setting its goals for 2016.  Residents are invited to provide direction on services and priorities.

Using such documents as the city’s comprehensive plan, the Central Issaquah Plan and the Olde Town Subarea Plan, the council annually adopts goals for the future.

Residents are invited to offer their input on the city’s website, www.issaquahawa.gov.

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Editorial — Get involved before decisions are made

February 24, 2015

People are upset about the elimination of City  Arborist Alan Haywood’s position.

He has been taking care of Issaquah’s trees and plant life for nearly 30 years.

Who will speak for the trees now?

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Construction has started on Atlas project

February 24, 2015

Lennar Multifamily Communities announced in a press release that it began excavation last week on its Atlas multifamily community.

Located west of downtown Issaquah at Northwest Gilman Boulevard and Seventh Avenue Northwest, Atlas will include three five-story buildings containing 344 apartments, approximately 450 parking stalls (including 310 secure underground stalls), a variety of indoor and outdoor amenities, and a large area of landscaped open space.

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Growth dominates mayor’s annual State of the City talk

February 10, 2015

Issaquah has morphed from a small town into a small city and more changes are on the way, Mayor Fred Butler said in his annual State of the City speech before the City Council on Feb. 2.

“The state of our city is strong,” Butler said at the outset of the talk.

Butler promised his administration was building an Issaquah for everyone, “from the cashier at Costco to the surgeon” at Swedish Medical Center’s Issaquah Campus.

Issaquah will grow, Butler added, “up not out… compact, not sprawling.”

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2014 remembered for what went away

December 31, 2014

Annexations, retirements, plastic bags, development, a looming school closure, retail marijuana, bank robberies, the Concerts on the Green series, and business and occupation taxes made the list of the top 10 news stories of the year in Issaquah.

Here are those stories, in no particular order:

Klahanie-area annexation issue moves to Sammamish

Issaquah residents voted no, for the second time, on the city of Issaquah annexing the Klahanie area. The King County Growth Management Planning Council then unanimously approved the idea to move the Klahanie area from Issaquah’s Potential Annexation Area to Sammamish’s.

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Residents invited to help map growth, transportation plans

November 29, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 29, 2014

Residents can have their say and get a glimpse of the city’s plans to manage future growth during an open house from 4-5:30 p.m. Dec. 2, in the Pickering Room at City Hall Northwest, 1775 12th Ave., N.W.

Under state rules, cities are required to have a plan to manage growth. According to the Central Issaquah Plan now in place, most growth locally will take place on the valley floor. The plan looks at the use of 1,100 acres of the city’s commercial district.

The state’s requirements further include providing and reviewing plans to provide for transportation needs concurrently with development. With that in mind, officials are focused on updating Issaquah’s concurrency plans.

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