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Updated: June 29, 2018

End of the Development Agreement 
During its June 4 meeting (see video), the City Council voted to end the Talus Development Agreement, as well as adopt replacement regulations, which went effect June 13, 2018.

Both Talus and Issaquah Highlands had contracts (called development agreements) with the City that dictated the rules and entitlements associated with each neighborhood for a specific time period. Both agreements could have been terminated starting in 2017.    

In developing replacement regulations, Issaquah’s goal was to keep the existing character of each urban village, and make future land use rules more consistent with the rest of the city.

Citing goals to reflect the community’s vision for Talus, council members unanimously voted to apply single-family zoning to Parcel 9, which is located near Northwest Talus Drive and Shangri-la Way Northwest.

This zoning will allow the 90 residences assigned to Parcel 9 to only be used for single-family development, either as attached residences (such as townhouses), or detached homes. 

In addition, the replacement regulations retain the solely commercial use of Parcel 17B, which is the unbuilt parcel below Timber Ridge. However, the Parcel 17B property owner, Trimet, has an appeal hearing scheduled for later this summer on their request to add residential uses to Parcel 17B. If this appeal is successful, this may allow Parcel 17B to be developed with both office and residential uses.

Examples of other approved replacement regulations include:
  • Retaining the 100-foot buffer along state Route 900.
  • Retaining the residential parking standards.
  • Requiring some structured parking for certain types of development.
  • Ensuring non-residential properties are used efficiently, with a minimum floor area ratio of 1.0.

While these replacement regulations are permanent, they are considered "provisional," and can be revisited in 2019 following a neighborhood visioning public process. 

For more information about the end of the development agreements, go to

Summer Work Update 
Ongoing work to stabilize Parcel 9 will continue this summer. Dirt is being removed from the property to construct a series of tiered walls for stabilization. 

The City will also be landscaping and restoring the sidewalk at the end of Northwest Talus Drive on the west side of Shangri-La Way Northwest.  

In addition, the City is meeting with Talus Management Services (TMS) to discuss master development closeout items such as: 
  • Turning over the ponds to the City for ownership and maintenance 
  • Landscaping open space
  • Revegetating several areas, such as the large swath up the hill to the new reservoir 

Some of these items will require work at various locations in Talus. TMS is also working with the homeowner’s association to turn over various properties to the association for ownership and maintenance.  

Parcel 9 History
Starting in late November 2015, movement was detected in the Parcel 9 hillside (see map of the approximate location).

With safety as the top priority, immediate mitigation measures were taken to address the movement, including removing dirt from the site and installing dewatering wells. All construction activities have stopped, except for work to monitor the site regularly, ensure safety, manage stormwater and make repairs.
The City of Issaquah recently filed a $2.88 million claim against the property owner of Parcel 9 for the damages and costs incurred by the City related to the hillside movement.
Issaquah has executed a contract with the law firm Skellenger Bender to represent the City’s interests in this matter. The parties have agreed to try mediation, which is tentatively scheduled for this fall.