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Vertical Mixed Use
Vertical Mixed Use

In order to ensure future development in Central Issaquah meets the City's vision, we're developing ways to attract mixed-use buildings with residences and businesses.

Our long-term vision is to guide the evolution of Central Issaquah from a collection of strip malls and office buildings into a more livable, sustainable and balanced urban area that offers everyday essentials to residents, employees and visitors.


In 2016, we started the process to analyze market conditions of mixed-use development.  

First, we needed to understand real-estate market dynamics in Issaquah and how the City's regulations impact the ability to achieve our vision.

Our initial findings were presented to City Council in September 2016. We used these findings as the foundation to review options and make improvements.

In June 2017, the council approved funding for Crandall Arambula to develop recommendations to ensure a vibrant mixed-use community develops within Central Issaquah.  

On Oct. 16, 2017, the City Council voted to adopt amendments to the Central Issaquah Development Standards that:
  • Created a vertical-mixed use overlay, which requires ground-floor commercial development and uses along defined street frontages
  • Increased floor-area ratio (FAR) and base height to require multi-story buildings
  • Increased structured parking requirements for new residential of any size; office uses above 5,000 gross square feet; and retail uses above 25,000 gross square feet

To learn more about the final amendments, view Agenda Bill 7317.

Issaquah Contacts
Jen Davis Hayes
Economic Development Manager