King County picks plan to keep landfill open for another decade

August 31, 2010

Cedar Hills Regional Landfill could remain open until the mid-2020s under a proposed plan, even as other factors — such as increased recycling and a feeble economy — stretch the number of years the landfill could operate.

The proposal to increase capacity at the giant landfill has inched ahead, after King County Solid Waste Division leaders spent 16 months addressing concerns about the project as part of a required environmental analysis.

Nearby homeowners raised concerns about odors, noise, storm water runoff, ground water contamination and traffic, plus potential impacts on flora and fauna.

Solid Waste Division leaders released the detailed analysis, or environmental impact statement, of the expansion proposals in late July.

The landfill encompasses 920 acres in unincorporated King County between Issaquah and Maple Valley.

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County outlines plan for Lake Sammamish Trail

June 1, 2010

The plan to upgrade a King County trail snaking along Lake Sammamish from Issaquah to Redmond inched forward last week, as the county released a key environmental report for the project.

The county released the environmental impact statement May 28. The report details the effect trail development could have on water quality, nearby wetlands, fish and wildlife, and adjacent properties.

Residents can review the document at the Issaquah and Sammamish libraries. The final document will be available for 30 days.

East Lake Sammamish Trail stretches from Northwest Gilman Boulevard in Issaquah and north to Redmond. Issaquah and Redmond sections of the interim trail opened in March 2004. The interim portion through Sammamish opened in 2006. The trail meanders through a former railroad corridor along the east side of the lake.

Plans call for the county to replace the existing gravel trail with asphalt and a separated soft-surface strip for pedestrians and equestrians. Rules prohibit equestrians from using the existing trail.

Design for the Issaquah segment should be completed by October. Construction on the Redmond portion should start in late November or early December.

The upgrade should complete a missing link in a 44-mile urban regional trail corridor connected to the Burke-Gilman Trail, the Sammamish River Trail and the Issaquah High Point Trail.

Planners released a draft environmental report in late 2006. The design team then addressed questions and comments from trail users and county residents in the final environmental report.

The county prepared the final report in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration and the state Department of Transportation in order to meet federal and state environmental requirements.

Get involved

King County planners released the final environmental impact statement for a planned redevelopment of East Lake Sammamish Trail. Read the report at the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, or the Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. N.E.

Park Pointe goes to auction Friday

November 3, 2009

The proposed Park Pointe development would be built on 67 acres near Issaquah High School, but the project is in limbo as the land heads to auction Nov. 6. Source: city of Issaquah

The proposed Park Pointe development would be built on 67 acres near Issaquah High School, but the project is in limbo as the land heads to auction Nov. 6. Source: city of Issaquah

City planners detailed last week how the long-planned Park Pointe project could impact Tiger Mountain views, wetlands and wildlife. But the information could be useless because the land where Park Pointe would be built heads to auction Nov. 6.

The project developer, Wellington Park Pointe LLC, failed to make payments on a loan from Regal Financial Bank and in June defaulted on nearly $12 million owed. Developers envisioned hundreds of homes on 67 forested acres on the west slope of Tiger Mountain, behind Issaquah High School.

City planners released the long-awaited environmental impact statement for the project last week. The timing carries a particular irony: The final environmental impact statement for Park Pointe was released Oct. 30 — a week before the land heads to auction.

Meanwhile, city officials hope to smooth the way toward a development-rights transfer to keep the Park Pointe site undeveloped. The transfer of development rights between the Park Pointe developer and Issaquah Highlands developer Port Blakely Communities would leave Park Pointe undeveloped; additional houses would be built in the highlands instead.

Major Development Review Team Manager Keith Niven said city officials still want the development-rights deal to materialize. He said city officials entered discussions with developers to gauge interest in the Park Pointe site and a transfer of the development rights. Read more

Critics slam Park Pointe proposal; developer touts preservation

February 24, 2009

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City planners are seeking comments from residents regarding the latest proposal for Park Pointe, a proposed Tiger Mountain housing development announced more than a decade ago and since revised numerous times. Comments will be accepted until Feb. 27, and will be included in a city environmental report about the controversial development.

How Park Pointe will be built — with 344 homes or 251 homes — and even the location of the development remain unanswered questions. The developer, which proposed two options for the 67-acre Tiger Mountain site, is also pursuing a development-rights swap with another homebuilder. If the swap was successful, homes would be built in the Issaquah Highlands instead of the proposed Park Pointe site. Read more

Public hearing is Thursday to discuss environmental impact of Park Pointe housing development

January 24, 2009

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Jan. 24, 2008

A public meeting will be held Thursday to discuss the draft environmental impact statement for a proposed 67-acre housing development site behind the grandstand of Issaquah High School.

The project, called Park Pointe, would be built in an area on the lower west slope of Tiger Mountain, directly east of the school. Access would be provided by an extension of Southeast Evans Street, east of Fourth Avenue Southeast.

The draft statement was issued Jan. 14. Comments will be accepted until Feb. 13.

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