Issaquah accepts grant to study land swap

November 23, 2010

Issaquah city leaders accepted a state grant last week to study how to preserve rural land and instead add density inside city limits.

The city received $100,000 to study a potential transfer of development rights between the Issaquah Creek watershed and the business district. Under such a transfer, a landowner sells development rights from properties in low-density areas to parties interested in building denser development in another area.

City Council members accepted the grant in a unanimous decision Nov. 15. The grant does not require any local matching dollars.

The city plans to use the funds to conduct environmental and market analyses to create a transfer-of-development-rights receiving site in part of a 915-acre commercial core along Interstate 90. The area is the focus of a detailed planning process to redevelop strip malls and parking lots into a pedestrian-friendly blend of businesses and residences.

The state Department of Commerce and the Puget Sound Regional Council — the planning authority for King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties — announced Sept. 15 more than $1 million in grants to 10 cities for transfer of development rights projects.

Issaquah receives $100,000 grant to study potential land swap

October 5, 2010

Issaquah has received $100,000 to study how to protect land in the Issaquah Creek watershed and, at the same time, add density in the urban core.

The city plans to use the grant to conduct environmental and market analyses to create a transfer-of-development-rights receiving site in part of a 915-acre commercial core along Interstate 90.

Under such a transfer, a landowner sells development rights from properties in low-density areas to parties interested in building denser development in another area.

The state Department of Commerce and the Puget Sound Regional Council announced Sept. 15 more than $1 million in grants to 10 cities for transfer of development rights projects.

The dollars come from a federal Environmental Protection Agency program to support regional planning in the Puget Sound watershed.

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Issaquah receives $100,000 grant to study potential land swap

September 16, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 16, 2010

Issaquah has received $100,000 to study how to protect land in the Issaquah Creek watershed and, at the same time, add density in the urban core.

The city plans to use the grant to conduct environmental and market analyses to create a transfer-of-development-rights receiving site in part of a 915-acre commercial core along Interstate 90.

Under such a transfer, a landowner sells development rights from properties in low-density areas to parties interested in building denser development in another area.

The state Department of Commerce and the Puget Sound Regional Council announced Wednesday more than $1 million in grants to 10 cities for transfer of development rights projects.

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Council OKs money to change Providence Point intersection

June 22, 2010

City Council members took the initial step June 7 to improve the accident-plagued intersection at the entrance to Providence Point.

The city and consultants will make the project “shovel ready” — and more competitive for state or federal dollars. Officials hope the state or federal governments could pick up all or most of the eventual construction cost. Beyond the city-funded planning, however, the future of the project remains uncertain.

City Council members agreed to spend up to $100,000 to complete plans to realign the intersection at Southeast 43rd Way and Providence Point Drive Southeast. The effort will require utility providers to prepare plans to move utility lines in order to accommodate proposed changes.

Before city engineers consider the project to be “shovel ready,” the city must also complete the environmental review for the project and secure right of way for the proposed realignment. Providence Point management has indicated interest in donating right of way to the city.

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Council OKs money to change Providence Point intersection

June 14, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. June 14, 2010

City Council members took the initial step last week to improve the accident-plagued intersection at the entrance to Providence Point.

The city and consultants will make the project “shovel ready” — and more competitive for state or federal dollars. Officials hope the state or federal governments could pick up all or most of the eventual construction cost. Beyond the city-funded planning, however, the future of the project remains uncertain.

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Issaquah eyed as a regional growth center

May 18, 2010

Designation could attract funds for mass transit

Leaders hope to attract dollars for transportation and mass transit to Issaquah by pitching a slice of the city as a regional hub for residences and jobs.

The effort will focus on the 915-acre commercial area spread along Interstate 90 and state Route 900. Planners hope the process will dovetail with the Central Issaquah Plan, a yearlong effort to chart redevelopment in the commercial core.

The long-term growth blueprint for the Puget Sound region calls for areas designated as regional growth centers. The designation helps officials plan regional transportation infrastructure and determine the best sites for economic development. The centers also receive higher priority for state and federal funding in order to connect the regional hubs.

The initial step calls for city planners to determine if Issaquah meets the growth center criteria laid out by the Puget Sound Regional Council — the planning authority for King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties. The agency distributes about $160 million per year in federal funding for transportation projects.

City Planning Director Mark Hinthorne said the Central Issaquah Plan effort fits well with the growth center designation. The task force drafting the plan should deliver a report to city leaders by September.

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City Council OKs long-term road projects

May 8, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. May 8, 2010

City Council members approved the bible to all city transportation projects through 2016 — a roadmap to planned street and trails improvements known as the Transportation Improvement Program.

The list includes the Interstate 90 Undercrossing, a pedestrian connector to link trails across the interstate and along state Route 900, improvements to Newport Way Northwest and dozens of other projects.

The council held a hearing on the plan Monday, and then OK’d the list in a unanimous decision. Transportation projects must be listed in the plan in order to eligible for federal and state dollars, including money generated through the state gasoline tax and distributed to local governments.

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Council OKs transportation plan

May 19, 2009

City Council members recently approved a plan that outlines dozens of transportation projects — from construction of the Interstate 90 Undercrossing to improving sidewalks and streets.

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City Council OKs transportation projects

May 16, 2009

NEW — 3:27 p.m. May 16, 2009

City Council members recently approved a plan that outlines dozens of transportation projects — from construction of the Interstate 90 Undercrossing to improving sidewalks and streets.

On May 4, the council unanimously approved the Transportation Improvement Program, which outlines how transportation money will be spent in the next six years.

Listed in the TIP are projects ranging from an $8.39 million project to improve Newport Way from Maple Street to West Sunset Way to safety improvements, such as the construction of a traffic roundabout at the corner of East Lake Sammamish Parkway and Southeast 43rd Way, north of Lake Sammamish State Park and near Providence Point.

City Transportation Manager Gary Costa presented the TIP to council members. He explained the role of the TIP in securing dollars for transportation projects.

“In order for a project to receive any state, federal or half-cent gas tax funding, the project must be listed in the TIP,” Costa said. “And the TIP is required to be adopted by the City Council.”

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Council OKs transportation plan

May 10, 2009

NEW— 6 a.m. May 10, 2009

City Council members approved a plan last week that outlines dozens of transportation projects – from construction of the Interstate 90 Undercrossing to improving sidewalks and streets.

The council unanimously approved the Transportation Improvement Program, which outlines how transportation money will be spent over the next six years.

Listed in the TIP are projects ranging from an $8.39 million project to improve Newport Way from Maple Street to West Sunset Way to safety improvements, such as the construction of a traffic roundabout at the corner of East Lake Sammamish Parkway and Southeast 43rd Way.

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