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Transfer of Development Rights
Part of our commitment to smart growth is the Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Program. 

TDR is the voluntary exchange of zoning privileges from areas with low population needs — such as hard-to-develop areas, open space and farming lands — to areas of high population needs, such as Issaquah's urban area.

Our smart growth efforts lessen the environmental impacts of development by incorporating techniques that include compact development, reduced impervious surfaces and improved water detention, safeguarding environmentally-sensitive areas, mixing of land uses (such as, homes, offices, and shops), transit accessibility, and pedestrian and bicycle amenities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can a developer use TDRs?
TDRs can be used on designated receiving sites (see map).

Where can a developer purchase TDRs?
TDRs can be purchased from sending site property owners (see map), our TDR Bank or the King County TDR Program. We have agreed to accept 75 TDRs from King County.

Why should I consider the use of TDRs in my project?
  • Incorporation of TDRs can allow for the development of more residential units or more commercial square footage. 
  • Added density or intensity on a site likely reduces the environmental impacts and facilitates more efficient use of the land.
  • TDRs may improve the return on development of a property.

Issaquah Contacts
Economic Development
City Hall Northwest
1775 12th Ave. NW
P.O. Box 1307
Issaquah, WA 98027

Ph: 425-837-3450