January 27, 2015
January 27, 2015
Along with millions for roads and transportation, the concurrency plan approved by City Council last week also contains new impact fees to help fund recreation projects and pedestrian and bike pathways throughout Issaquah.
For the first time, nonresidential developers will be paying recreational impact fees. While that move is still somewhat unusual, Issaquah is not alone in charging new commercial interests recreation fees. Some 12 other Washington cities already do.
The amount of the park fees will vary depending on the proposed land use.
All in all, according to information released by the city, Issaquah will need to raise $47.2 million for additional parks and recreational facilities in order to accommodate what could be a coming population boom of just over 12,000. Read more
January 27, 2015
January 25, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 25, 2015
The city of Issaquah needs volunteers to serve on its boards and commissions.
The boards/commissions cover a broad range of topics — arts, economic development, environmental issues, growth and even international diplomacy.
The application deadline is 5 p.m. Jan. 30.
Following the interview process, appointments will be made by Mayor Fred Butler and confirmed by the City Council in the spring. Terms for board members and commissioners will start in May. Read more
January 22, 2015
NEW — 1:30 p.m. Jan. 22, 2015
If, on Feb. 1, a stranger asks where you live, and you reply “Issaquah,” you will have, inadvertently, misspoke.
To celebrate the Seattle Seahawks’ second consecutive Super Bowl appearance, Mayor Fred Butler will change Issaquah’s name to 12SAQUAH for Feb. 1, 2015 — the day of Super Bowl XLIX.
The mayor will issue the proclamation at 10:45 a.m. Jan. 23, during a rally at Issaquah High School, 700 Second Ave. S.E.
“As 12s, our community is home to some of the most passionate fans in the entire nation,” Butler said in a news release. “We are thrilled to rename our city as a tribute to our Seahawks and their fans. I am proud to stand with our community of 12s and say, I’m in — again!”
This is the second straight year Issaquah has elected to change its name for the big game.
January 20, 2015
At its regular meeting Jan. 20, the Issaquah City Council was slated to vote on the $308 million concurrency plan that could set the stage for local infrastructure development for the next 15 years.
One highlight of the plan that has garnered a lot of attention is a possible 500 percent increase in the impact fees paid by developers.
For a single-family unit, developers currently pay $1,700, said David Hoffman, North King County manager for the Master Builders Association. If the proposed increases were approved, that figure would jump to $8,600.
City Council President Paul Winterstein said council members have been studying the proposal for some time. State law requires cities develop concurrency plans that mitigate the effects of development on traffic and the city at the same time that development occurs. Winterstein said Issaquah really needs to update that plan about every three years, but the last major revisions happened in 2003. Read more
August 12, 2014
Zoning questions held off an Issaquah City Council move toward annexing Lake Sammamish State Park.
Presented with an agenda bill to adopt a letter of intent Aug. 4, the council faced a step in taking over jurisdiction of the park from the state. The matter entered council consideration in April after the state parks department presented the idea to city officials in the form of a petition for annexation.
City Long Range Planner Trish Heinonen said the idea came from last year’s securing of $5 million for improvements to the 512-acre state park.
February 11, 2014
Faced with seven qualified applicants to fill Mayor Fred Butler’s vacated Issaquah City Council seat, the council chose Issaquah Highlands resident Nina Milligan on Feb. 5.
City Clerk Tina Eggers swore in the new councilwoman during the regular meeting. After pledging to fulfill the duties of the office, Milligan took a seat with the council for her first meeting.
“It’s not like it was a new idea,” she said of pursing the position.