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The original item was published from 9/15/2017 1:09:00 PM to 9/15/2017 1:09:57 PM.


Posted on: September 14, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Updates: Compact Schools Code and Zoning Changes

Two separate issues related to potential future school sites in Issaquah are expected to be on the City Council’s upcoming agendas.

Compact Schools Code

During its Sept. 18 meeting, the City Council will deliberate on proposed changes to development standards for future public schools in all of Issaquah.

The code changes would enable public schools to use available land more efficiently. The City worked with the Issaquah School District in drafting the proposed changes to IMC 18.07.480.

The council’s Land & Shore Committee recommended approval of the proposed code amendments, with the exception of two issues: percentage of impervious surface limits and tree retention requirements. It’s expected these issues will be further discussed during the council’s Sept. 18 meeting.

Zoning Changes West of Highlands

Once a decision is made on development standards for compact schools, the geographic boundaries on a proposed school site west of the Issaquah Highlands will be more definitive.

In turn, the City Council is expected to further discuss a proposal to change the zoning of some land (see map) between the Issaquah Highlands and Interstate 90 during its Oct. 2 meeting.

The land is currently not located in the City of Issaquah – but instead remains an “island” of King County. The City’s proposed zoning would only apply if (and when) annexation to Issaquah takes place.

The county land is currently zoned for mineral or residential (one or four dwelling units per acre), depending on the parcel.

The City’s proposed new zoning would enable several parcels now zoned for residential development to become open space. 
In addition, the proposal would be the first (of many) steps that could enable:

  • Land just west of Issaquah Highlands to become a new elementary school
  • The existing King County’s Road Maintenance Site near I-90 to become business offices/garages for a private utility (freeing up land for affordable housing in Central Issaquah) 
  • A future City water reservoir to be built near I-90

Any future development would include more public process once development applications are made. 
As always, public comment will be accepted at both the Sept. 18 and Oct. 2 meetings.

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