January 27, 2015
It’s only a matter of time before Issaquah residents are asked to pay a share of the $308 million concurrency plan unanimously approved by City Council on Jan. 20.
Through greatly increased impact fees, future Issaquah developers will be paying about 30 percent of the plan. The city will need to come up with roughly $119 million.
“We must figure out how we are going to pay our share,” said Charlie Bush, development services director during a presentation to council prior to their vote last week.
A local sales tax, a $50 car tab fee and similar measures all have been mentioned as possible ways to raise the city’s portion of the plan. Bush said at least one public vote will be needed to make any funding scheme work. If there does not turn out to be sufficient public support, the plan will need to be reworked, Bush said. Read more
December 16, 2014
Funding was a big part of the discussion as the Issaquah City Council took up the roughly $304 million development impact plan proposed by the administration.
While developers would cover some of the cost by way of increased impact fees, the city could be on the hook for approximately $191 million. City consultant Randy Young said there are five means by which Issaquah could raise the needed dollars:
- a local $50 car tab fee,
- business license fees based on the number of employees,
- a voter-approved road levy,
- bond sales paid for through increased local property taxes,
- a local sales tax of one-tenth of 1 percent.
October 28, 2014
Tana Senn brings family-oriented view to Olympia
I write to you today to whole-heartedly endorse Tana Senn for State Representative for the 41st District.
She embodies the values that are important to me and my family. As a working mom of two school-aged children, Tana understands the needs and stresses placed on many families in our region, and is able to bring a family-oriented view to Olympia.
October 21, 2014
Move paves way for headquarters expansion
The nation’s second largest retailer is free to expand its headquarters, and it will continue to happen here in Issaquah.
The Issaquah City Council unanimously approved a 30-year development agreement with Costco Oct. 13, giving the company flexibility to add an additional 1.5 million square feet to its international headquarters housed in Pickering Place.
“It’s really a very, very big deal for Issaquah and for Costco,” Issaquah City Councilman Joshua Schaer said at the Oct. 13 meeting. “It ensures that, for years to come, when people around the country and around the world speak of Costco it will be in connection with the words ‘An Issaquah, Washington-based corporation.’”
October 14, 2014
Defining city branding and forming a destination marketing organization top the list of Issaquah tourism recommendations.
City Economic Development Department Manager Andrea Snyder and Issaquah Chamber of Commerce CEO Matt Bott presented Roger Brooks International’s final draft on tourism recommendations during the Committee of the Whole meeting Sept. 23.
After eight months and $20,000 of city funds, the hired tourism consultant provided a layout of how Issaquah could entice visitors to come and spend money. In order to know where to start, Snyder said they started with basic questions.
July 15, 2014
Thanks to everyone who made it a success
The Issaquah History Museums was gratified by the wonderful community participation and volunteer support in abundant evidence at our 2014 Heritage Day celebration held in conjunction with the Down Home 4th of July in downtown Issaquah.
June 10, 2014
Retail marijuana will come to Issaquah.
After months of discussion and a moratorium installed in September, Issaquah will allow recreational marijuana business practices. The City Council voted on the administration’s proposed regulations during the June 2 meeting and agreed 5-2 to the rules that build on the established state restrictions.
“The proposed regulations would allow marijuana retail in all of Issaquah’s commercial areas — everywhere but the downtown zone,” City Associate Planner Jason Rogers said. “For the producers and processors, the intent was to limit them to our intensive commercial zone only.”
June 10, 2014
A special thanks to those who turned out for the D-Day ceremony at Veterans’ Memorial Field on June 6.
People were thrilled to see three P-51 Mustangs soar over the field twice, coming lower the second time to give people a closer look at the intricately painted planes.
There were more than 50 veterans in attendance, many from World War II. Several of them had tears in their eyes as they watched the planes.
April 22, 2014
Marijuana was the sole agenda item at the April 14 Issaquah City Council work session as the administration gave an updated presentation to the council.
Through the state’s definition of business rules and an ultimate lack of response from this year’s legislative session, the council has maintained a reflective stance on the future of recreational marijuana.
The council established a six-month moratorium in September and extended it again in February, as it explored how the city should extend the state’s base regulations or consider banning marijuana business practices all together.