February 20, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 20, 2015
King County Metro wants public input as it launches an intensive long-range planning effort that will help determine what regional transit service will look like in 25 years.
With the region’s population expected to increase by 30 percent over the next two decades, this will be Metro’s most comprehensive planning effort yet.
The planning effort, “We’ll Get You There: Our Vision for the Future of Public Transportation,” launches at the same time Sound Transit lays the groundwork for further expansion of light rail, and local cities and the Puget Sound Regional Council update their own transportation and comprehensive plans.
October 7, 2014
Local residents want to walk and roll all night — and probably through the day as well.
The Issaquah City Council received the most recent bike and pedestrian plan from the city’s Department of Sustainability during its Committee of the Whole meeting Sept. 22. Named Walk + Roll Issaquah, the plan aims to provide a framework to ensure easier nonvehicle travel in the city through “guiding the development and implementation of future projects and programs.”
April 15, 2014
Another annexation will face consideration since the Issaquah City Council approved the docket for a comprehensive plan update April 7.
Developers want to expand the Talus urban village by adding another 49.2 acres to the city. The plan received scrutiny during the March 11 Land & Shore Committee meeting.
“The Talus Management Services request is for an expansion area,” city Long Range Planning Manager Trish Heinonen said. “It has developed all its area, but it still has entitlements left over.”
April 15, 2014
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.
April 1, 2014
The Issaquah City Council wants to take a step back from a piecemeal Klahanie-area annexation.
The council directed the administration March 10 to craft a brief view of editing Issaquah’s potential annexation area to only include the southern areas of the Klahanie region, reflecting districts that voted the highest to join Issaquah in the Feb. 11 election. During the March 25 Committee of the Whole meeting, city Long Range Planning Manager Trish Heinonen presented the findings.
“This boundary would have a lesser impact on our responsibility,” she said. “It would be just like a new subdivision.”
April 1, 2014
Two minutes is all city leaders ask of residents to help identify potential goals for the Issaquah City Council to consider.
The City Council will determine Issaquah’s 2015 goals during its May 17 retreat. In the meantime, the city has set up a survey to gauge what residents believe are Issaquah’s largest hurdles for the future and to collect suggestions about how to tackle them.
March 18, 2014
Issaquah might still offer annexation to parts of the Klahanie area — and that might take another year.
In the March 10 City Council work session and the March 11 Land and Shore Committee meeting, exploring next steps for the Klahanie potential annexation area took center stage. King County Elections certified the Feb. 11 special election results Feb. 25, in which residents in that area voted whether to join the city of Issaquah. Needing 60 percent to pass and for those residents to assume the city’s bonded indebtedness, the vote earned 49.47 percent in favor of joining Issaquah.
Council President Paul Winterstein identified five options available to the council for consideration in light of the certified vote.
March 18, 2014
The Issaquah City Council will consider adding annexation of Lake Sammamish State Park to its comprehensive plan.
In the March 11 Land and Shore Committee meeting, council members discussed the docket of items for the annual update to Issaquah’s comprehensive plan. The addition to the docket came in response to a March 4 letter from Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Director Don Hoch asking the city to consider annexing the park.
“We’ve been working with State Parks on a request for proposals,” City Long Range Planning Manager Trish Heinonen said about the cooperation aimed at economically developing the park. “I think it allows us to partner with them more seamlessly. They felt like it would help us with our rules and regulations.”
December 10, 2013
An educational institution might replace the vision of an Issaquah Highlands Microsoft campus.
The city will begin the process of establishing a development agreement with the new landowner, Polygon Northwest, in the coming weeks. Microsoft sold the 63-acre parcel in October for an undisclosed amount. In the meantime, Issaquah Economic Development Director Keith Niven gave a view of what the city hopes to see in the final document.
“That land would allow for a lot of different things to happen, including residential,” Niven said, explaining what the aim is for the final deal. “We’re just trying to work towards where they can build what they want and the city can work to find an employment hub up in the highlands.”
November 8, 2011
The hillside quarry below the Issaquah Highlands, plus land adjacent to the highlands, could someday transform into businesses and homes, if the city and landowner approve a long-term agreement to redevelop the site.
The landowner and quarry operator, Lakeside Industries Inc., proposed a development agreement for the 80-acre site.
The site — a quarry, a hillside and land on the plateau adjacent to the highlands — is zoned for mineral resources. The agreement under consideration could change the zoning to urban village — the same zoning for the highlands and Talus.
“We envision redevelopment that follows the patterns we are seeing in the highlands,” Lakeside Industries CEO Tim Lee said in a letter to City Administrator Bob Harrison. “Specifically, we foresee mixed uses and moderate density in a walkable community.”
City Council members sent the proposal to a committee Nov. 7 for further discussion.