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Posted on: October 3, 2017

[ARCHIVED] - Council Approves Zoning Changes West of Highlands -

The City Council approved a proposal Oct. 2 to annex and change the zoning of some land (see map) between the Issaquah Highlands and Interstate 90. 

The annexation will become final after the King County Boundary Review Board takes action to approve the annexation, which is expected to occur later this fall. 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 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.

On Oct. 2, the City Council approved a motion to change the zoning from King County’s zoning. That action enables several parcels now zoned for residential development to become open space. Preservation of forested hillsides is consistent with the Mountains to Sound Greenway designation.

In addition, the zoning and annexation were 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. 

Before the final vote Oct. 2, the City Council held two public hearings on this issue on July 17 (watch here) and Sept. 5 (watch here). 

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