March 25, 2015
People don’t have time to keep an eye on legislators
In recent Press issues, citizens have complained about various City Council decisions. In Issaquah, the city cut the arborist position; in Sammamish, it is the trail construction. You fire off an editorial blaming the victims, the tax-paying citizens, for not attending council meetings where these issues are discussed and decided.
February 17, 2015
Resort-style Continuing Care Retirement Community Timber Ridge at Talus is adding 145 independent living apartment homes, expanding its onsite Briarwood Health Center with 26 assisted living/memory care apartments and nine private transitional care suites in addition to new community amenities including an indoor swimming pool and auditorium, to be completed in fall 2016.
October 14, 2014
Not all 16 trees were saved in the Talus Residential Board’s decision, but even though the matter caused quite a stir among residents, city officials will not change their approach to tree removal.
“We conducted our typical review for this type of work, and the city did not need to issue permits or approve a new landscaping plan,” City Communications Manager Autumn Monahan said. “Instead, we encouraged Talus homeowners to address their concerns within their homeowners’ association framework, rather than through a governmental enforcement action.
September 29, 2014
NEW — 5:34 p.m. Sept. 29, 2014
Most, but not all, of the disputed trees in the Talus neighborhood will be removed.
A month after a contentious Talus Residential Association public hearing, the board decided Sept. 29 to cut down 10. Six homeowners originally petitioned for the removal of 16 trees that they said blocked their views of the landscape and lowered property values.
September 16, 2014
Closing the school will help the numbers, not the students
Closing Tiger Mountain Community High School during renovations and not creating a temporary home for the school would be a very grievous mistake. The students currently enrolled at Tiger Mountain are there because the conventional high school experience is detrimental to their learning experience. Sending them to a regular high school for even a year will cause them great suffering and hardship.
September 9, 2014
The trees are the view; enjoy them
If I could take a moment to remind those that buy homes in Issaquah… the trees are the view! We are so fortunate to live within a tall urban forest and it should be celebrated not demolished. Please, everyone, look out your window and be grateful that we have so many beautiful, oxygen-producing, soil-protecting, wildlife-sustaining evergreens all around our fine city!
August 19, 2014
A tussle over trees in Talus continues to take its toll.
After six homeowners applied to the Talus Residential Association to remove 19 trees in a communal area this past spring, a groundswell of protest began aiming to protect the landscape. The homeowner applicants claimed that the trees blocked views offered by the development’s place on Cougar Mountain.
“We had views of Lake Sammamish, downtown Issaquah and the Cascades,” Henry Farber, one of the initial applicants and the attorney representing them, said. “That was part of the interest in buying these houses for all six of us. In the last eight years, all these trees have grown over.”
April 29, 2014
The city of Issaquah stopped the removal of Talus neighborhood trees April 27 after residents cried foul.
Work began in the beginning of April to take out some tall trees blocking the view of residents. While the Talus Residential Association remains confident it took all necessary steps to remove the trees, some homeowners remain unconvinced.
“People have been pretty adamant about clearing those trees to have a better view of the lake,” said Talus resident Chad Fletcher said, who is angry about the removal. “Those particular trees were there and always were there.”
April 15, 2014
The Issaquah City Council expects a big update to the city’s comprehensive plan in 2015.
During its April 7 regular meeting, the council approved docket of proposed changes to the plan. There are 19 items, which the administration will investigate whether to include them into the state-mandated plan.
Comprehensive plans are required by state law to include expectations for land use, housing, growth targets, utilities, capital facilities and more.
December 31, 2013
2014 goals for a better Issaquah
The Issaquah Press presents its annual list of goals for the Issaquah area. A few are repeats from last year, still waiting to be accomplished but worthy of repeating.
February elections — The trio of school district levies, the Klahanie annexation decision and the repeal of the plastic bag ban are all up for a vote. The only good thing about the dismal turnout of voters in the November election is the easy assurance of getting enough voters to validate the school levy election. Let’s hope Issaquah voters get back on track and return their ballots in higher numbers in 2014.
Central Issaquah Plan — The redevelopment plan is in place and developers now know how to maximize the use of their property. One project has already been proposed. It will be interesting to see what other plans come forward and whether the CIP is achieving its goals.