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Olde Town Subarea Plan
Issaquah's Olde Town Subarea Plan, which was updated in 2018, focuses on preserving our historic downtown core, and taking proactive and deliberate steps to improve the quality of life for local residents, businesses and visitors.

In 2015, a Task Force was formed to provide recommendations on retaining Olde Town's vitality. For the next several years, the City launched an extensive engagement process (including open houses and an online survey) before the City Council adopted an updated Olde Town Subarea Plan.

Code Updates
The plan includes a list of "Immediate Actions" to take place in 2019-20.

Several Land Use Code amendments are now proposed to implement some of those actions, including:

  • Reduce heights to three stories in the Cultural and Business District zone; three stories in the Multifamily-High zone (East Sunset Way only); and two stories in Single-Family Duplex zone.
  • Increase impervious surface to 95 percent in the Cultural and Business District and 75 percent in the Multifamily-High Zone (East Sunset Way only). 
  • Require ground floor commercial/retail on Front Street.
  • Allow small-scale retail in areas zoned Multifamily-High
    (East Sunset Way only).
  • Remove Olde Town parcels as Transfer of Development Rights receiving sites. 
  • Develop incentives that reduce parking requirements for neighborhood-oriented commercial projects.

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Design Standards and Architectural Guidelines
In addition, the Plan calls for new Design Standards and Architectural Guidelines, or in other words, what a property will look like (types of materials used, window types, roof styles, sign design, screening around a parking lot, etc.).

The standards and guidelines would apply to the Cultural and Business District; Multifamily-High (East Sunset Way only) and Single Family-Duplex zones.

This project will launch in fall 2019, and with expected completion in May 2020.

Issaquah Contacts
Christen Leeson
Senior Planner

Trish Heinonen
Policy Planning Manager