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Posted on: September 4, 2014

[ARCHIVED] City Proceeds with State Park Annexation

Issaquah’s boundaries could soon expand to include Lake Sammamish State Park.

The City is considering a request from the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission to annex the park into Issaquah.

If annexation occurs, the park would continue to be owned and managed by Washington State Parks. Annexation would streamline permitting for the park.

In addition, annexation would mean enhanced police service for the park, better coordination of long-range planning and a simpler process for our community to make enhancements to the park, thanks to streamlined permitting.

The potential annexation area includes 380 acres in the park and boat launch area. Smaller portions of the park, including the Hans Jensen area, are already within City limits.

During its Sept. 2, 2014, meeting, the City Council agreed to move forward with the annexation proposal.

Next, the City and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will develop a mutual agreement to determine how to best address issues related to the park.

The annexation proposal will then go before the Boundary Review Board (BRB) for King County.

If the BRB rules in favor of annexation, the City Council will host a public hearing to gather feedback on the proposal. Once the public hearing is complete, the council will act on the proposed annexation.

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