We’re working to streamline our development permitting process.
The state requires cities to plan for growth. In Issaquah, most of that growth in the next 15 years will be focused in the valley floor, thanks to our Central Issaquah Plan, which will guide the long-term evolution of our 1,100-acre commercial core into a more sustainable urban area.
State law requires growth to provide transportation improvements "concurrent" with the growth’s impacts on traffic.
To ensure Issaquah has an adequate road and non-motorized system in place to handle the new development, the City is now focused on updating its transportation concurrency requirements.
You’re invited to learn more at our transportation concurrency and impact fee open house, 4-5:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 2014, in the Pickering Room at City Hall Northwest, 1775 12th Ave. N.W.
Issaquah is also considering what to charge developers for their share of these enhancements, otherwise known as traffic impact fees and non-motorized mitigation fees. Our proposed program merges these two elements into a simplified, streamlined process.
We’re also updating parks impact fees to include parks, recreation and open space projects needed for future growth.
To learn more, see a draft list of transportation improvements and watch video of past discussions, go to issaquahwa.gov/concurrency.