On Dec. 19, 2011, the Issaquah City Council unanimously approved a development agreement with Rowley Properties, Inc.
The agreement will guide the long-term, phased redevelopment of nearly 80 acres of Rowley's land (called Hyla Crossing and Rowley Center) into mixed-use neighborhoods on Issaquah's valley floor.
These areas – located in the western entrance to Issaquah – were identified during the City's Central Issaquah Plan process as having a high redevelopment potential.
View the adopted final Rowley Development Agreement (PDF).
The development agreement aims to ensure that the land is redeveloped in a manner that is mutually beneficial to both the community and Rowley.
Issaquah's goals with this agreement include:
- Furthering its role as a Cascade Agenda leadership city
- Promoting sustainable development
- Protecting environmental quality
- Encouraging innovative housing designs
- Providing an appropriate mix and density of desirable uses
- Reducing sprawl
- Promoting efficient transportation
- Improve our local economy
The development agreement requires Rowley to provide and/or pay for transportation improvements, affordable housing, creek restoration, and stormwater upgrades. In addition, fees are outlined to ensure that the developer pays its "fair share" of facilities and/or services related to police, fire, government and parks.
Issaquah launched a significant public input process with this project. Before landing on the council's desk, the agreement included review from the following groups or processes: