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
April 29, 2014
Issaquah’s City Council decided to release the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area on April 21.
Faced with a draft interlocal agreement, which the Sammamish City Council approved during its April 15 meeting, Issaquah’s council gave unanimous support for the comprehensive deal.
In short, Issaquah would agree to release the Klahanie area by the end of 2014 in exchange for Sammamish’s support of Issaquah growth designations, as well as that city funding improvements to Issaquah-Fall City Road to the tune of $30 million.
“Issaquah would agree to release the PAA to allow Sammamish to take immediate steps to incorporate it into its comprehensive plan and proceed with potential annexation,” Councilman Tola Marts said, introducing the agreement to the full council.
April 15, 2014
Members of the Issaquah and Sammamish city councils took turns praising a deal to transfer the Klahanie Annexation Area from Issaquah to Sammamish.
Sammamish members not only seemed to like the deal, but said they also hoped it would usher in a new spirit of cooperation with Issaquah after some tense disputes over the past few months.
The Issaquah Land & Shore Committee took up the drafted interlocal agreement in its April 8 meeting and unanimously recommended its approval by the full council.
“The general consensus is that it was great,” Land & Shore Committee Chairman Tola Marts said. “We had been hoping that this issue could occur in the context of a regional issue, and this draft agreement really does that.”
April 8, 2014
Leaders from Issaquah and Sammamish announced a deal April 4 that will provide for the transfer of the Klahanie potential annexation area to Sammamish. The agreement is preliminary and will still need to be approved by both city councils.
In broad terms, Sammamish gets Klahanie, and Issaquah gets support on a host of other issues.
The move comes after just a week and a half after the Issaquah City Council asked Mayor Fred Butler to enter talks with the city’s northern neighbor to see how releasing the entire potential annexation area would benefit the region.
January 14, 2014
The Sammamish City Council is trying to make the Klahanie annexation area an offer it can’t refuse.
The council voted unanimously Jan. 7 that if the Klahanie area does not vote to be absorbed into Issaquah, Sammamish will “fast track” an annexation of its own. It also made a laundry list of promises for what types of services it would provide Klahanie-area residents if they were to enter Sammamish.
“We would endeavor to have a vote of the Klahanie area as soon as possible,” Councilman Don Gerend said.
December 31, 2013
Residents will vote again on unresolved issue
On Feb. 11, Klahanie-area voters will decide whether to join the city of Issaquah.
A yes vote would expand the population of the city by one-third its current size. This will be the second vote regarding annexation in the past seven years.