A Comprehensive Plan is the official document that establishes a series of goals, policies, and benchmarks to guide the future of our community. The final adopted comprehensive plan allows the city to be proactive and manage its growth to achieve the community’s vision for the next 20 years (2044).
The Land Use Element is designed to guide Issaquah’s planning process – to accommodate growth and change while ensuring the community’s high quality of life, treasured natural amenities, distinct neighborhoods and character are retained. Land use patterns determine the unique character of the city and its individual neighborhoods, and the types and locations of future development and redevelopment. Land use policies guide the interpretation of strategic plans, land use regulations, zoning and other municipal regulations.
The Housing Element addresses the city's desire to promote a diverse housing supply and preserve the existing housing stock by encouraging a mixture of housing types, maintaining residential neighborhood quality, and providing opportunities that will assist in the development of affordable housing for low and moderate income families.
The Arts and Culture Element recognizes the contribution of art and culture to Issaquah's sense of place and provides policy direction for how to identify, preserve, and enhance the city's artistic, cultural, and historic resources.
The Economic Vitality Element establishes provisions for local economic growth, access to employment and business opportunities, vibrant commercial spaces, and the city’s long-term fiscal stability. It also provides policies for achieving a high quality of life. The Economic Vitality Element emphasizes enhancement of the city’s character, as well as its natural and built environment. Sustainable, Innovative & Diversified are the cornerstones of our economic strategy.
The new Environment Stewardship and Climate Resilience Element will include goals and policies related to the natural environment, addressing climate change, and improving climate preparedness, response and recovery effects. The element will maximize economic, environmental, and social co-benefits and prioritize environmental justice in order to avoid worsening environmental health disparities. The element will include multiple goals and policies that were originally in the Land Use Element and the Climate Action Plan.
The Parks, Recreation, Trails, and Open Space Element establishes policy direction for the continued provision of adequate park and recreation facilities to serve the community’s existing and future needs, plus an evaluation of intergovernmental coordination opportunities to provide regional approaches for meeting park and recreational demand. This Park Element is to be used in conjunction with the Parks Strategic Plan which addresses the park system and its components, open space and recreational facilities, and capital improvement needs in order to secure grant funding for park improvements and/or land acquisition.
The Human Services Element establishes policies that enable and support the creation and maintenance of needed services, programs and facilities in Issaquah. Our community includes a growing population of people with disabilities, senior citizens, and those that are culturally, ethnically and racially diverse. Affordable housing, food, child care, and support for teens, older adults, and people with disabilities are among the services the community identified as being important. The provision of human services is a joint effort between the public and private sector that requires a coordinated approach to meet the community’s needs.
The Transportation Element guides the development of the city’s transportation system to improve connectivity, walkability, efficiency, and public safety for people of all ages, abilities, incomes, and backgrounds while reducing potential environmental impacts. The Transportation Element is to be used in conjunction with the Mobility Master Plan to approach mobility more holistically.
The Utilities and Public Services Element addresses the city's desire to have safe, reliable and cost effective utilities and public services, and to ensure utility projects are as aesthetically compatible with adjacent land uses as possible. Facilities for electricity, natural gas, telecommunications, and waste management are covered in this element.
The Capital Facilities Element focuses on the physical items and services that the city manages to help meet long-term public needs. The element provides a six-year financial plan that allows the city to prioritize public projects and identify adequate funding sources.
City managed or co-managed facilities covered under the Capital Facilities elements are: Transportation Services, School Services, Water Service, Sanitary Sewer Service, Stormwater Service, Parks and Recreation Facilities, Library Facilities, Civic Spaces, Police & Public safety, and Fire and Emergency Medical Services.