Officials look to increase meager percentages of local affordable housing

August 2, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 2, 2015

Like the rest of the Eastside of the Seattle area, Issaquah ranks low in the proportion of housing available to people with lower income levels.

That was one of the messages delivered to the Issaquah City Council at a work session held July 13.

The Eastside has a low proportion — about 7 percent — of overall housing affordable by low- and very low-income households, according to information presented by Arthur Sullivan, program manager for A Regional Coalition for Housing, an areawide affordable housing organization.

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City’s comprehensive plan review includes various rezoning efforts

April 21, 2015

As part of the regular update of the city’s comprehensive plan, city staffers reviewed three rezoning proposals at a meeting of the Planning Policy Commission on March 5.

2015 zoning mapThe potential rezonings drew what was potentially a record crowd of residents to the usually unattended policy meetings. Some residents might not have needed to show up.

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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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City officials sound off on space crunch

March 17, 2015

As they move forward with two separate planning processes, city officials have returned several times to two major topics: a perceived need for added space for both police and the city administration.

“We’re overcrowded in the police department,” Police Chief Scott Behrbaum said during a March 9 City Council work session.

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City boundaries to encompass Lake Sammamish State Park

December 23, 2014

With a unanimous vote at its Dec. 15 meeting, the Issaquah City Council formally annexed Lake Sammamish State Park, making it part of the city.

The annexation includes 300 acres of parkland, beaches, the park picnic area and the boat launch, said Trish Heinonen, city long range planning manager.

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Attend public hearing on state park annexation Monday

December 14, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 14, 2014

While the plan needs the approval of the Issaquah City Council, local and state officials seem ready to move forward with the annexation of Lake Sammamish State Park into Issaquah.

The park currently is in unincorporated King County.

City officials have long worked with state officials on park improvements and planning for its future, said Trish Heinonen, the city’s long range planning manager. The proposed annexation would continue the partnership, she added.

The council formally takes up the annexation at a public hearing set for 7 p.m. during its regular Dec. 15 meeting.

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Talus expansion among comp plan considerations

April 15, 2014

King County The outlined area west of the Talus urban village indicates where developers hope to expand the residential subdivision. Talus Management Services have asked for the city to consider annexing the portion, which currently sits in unincorporated King County.

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The outlined area west of the Talus urban village indicates where developers hope to expand the residential subdivision. Talus Management Services have asked for the city to consider annexing the portion, which currently sits in unincorporated King County.

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.”

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Council to explore releasing Klahanie

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.”

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State park annexation enters council consideration

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.”

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