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City of Issaquah Enacst a Six-Month Moratorium on New Development

City Enacts Development Moratorium

The Issaquah City Council voted Sept. 6, 2016, to enact a six-month moratorium on certain types of development.

In 2012 — to protect Issaquah's existing neighborhoods and natural environment — the City adopted the Central Issaquah Plan (CIP), which guides the long-term evolution of Issaquah’s existing commercial core into an urban center.

Since the plan was adopted, several developments have been built, approved or are currently under review.

During a City Council work session in July 2016, the City assessed whether those projects met the community's vision for the CIP.

Several issues were identified, including:

  • Architectural fit with the community
  • Urban design elements
  • Vertical mixed use
  • Affordable housing
  • Parking
  • Visions for each district

The moratorium enables Issaquah to address these issues before more development proceeds.

The moratorium doesn't, however, mean all development in Issaquah will stop, as projects that are currently under construction — or have already filed complete permit applications — can proceed.

In addition, the moratorium excludes:

  • Properties covered by approved development agreements
  • Transit-oriented development
  • Essential public facilities, such as fire stations and hospitals
  • Publicly-funded schools and Village Theater
  • Projects involving the sale and development of land currently owned by the City and public capital projects
  • Remodels and tenant improvements
  • Single-family homes on lots already vested through platting approvals
  • Affordable housing (with affordable units representing at least 40 percent of the total units proposed)
  • Emergency repairs or construction necessitated by a natural disaster such as fire, flooding, earthquake or other similar cause

Per state law, a public hearing on the moratorium will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in council chambers, 135 E. Sunset Way. Following the hearing, the City Council may take further action.

For more information, view the full ordinance online.

Issaquah, named Best Burb by Sunset, one of the Best Towns for Families by Family Circle and one of the Best Towns by Outside, is a great place for residents and visitors alike.

Our community of more than 33,000 is 
conveniently located off the Interstate 90 corridor, just 16 miles east of Seattle.

Issaquah — nicknamed Trailhead City — is centered within the Issaquah Alps (Cougar, Squak and Tiger mountains). It's a destination for countless outdoor enthusiasts, including hikers and paragliders.

In town, Issaquah features a Saturday farmers market, a nationally-recognized theater and a seasonal ArtWalk.

In addition, the historic salmon hatchery and Cougar Mountain Zoological Park attract regional visitors.

Every October, more than 150,000 people also visit Issaquah for the annual Salmon Days.

Issaquah is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 30,434 at the 2010 census. According to the Washington State Office of Financial Management, Issaquah ranked 6th of 279 eligible incorporated communities in population growth between 2000 and 2005. Forbes.com ranked Issaquah the 2nd fastest-growing suburb in the state, and the 89th in the nation.


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