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Developer Fees

Planning for Our Future
The state requires cities to plan for future 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 from a collection of strip malls, parking lots and office buildings into a more sustainable urban area that will meet our community’s needs for environmental protection, jobs, housing and rapid transit.

Growth Pays its Fair Share
To ensure Issaquah has adequate roads – and amenities for pedestrians and cyclists  to handle new development, the City recently took proactive steps to plan ahead.

The City first used computer models to predict future traffic hot spots, and then identified what projects will address them. 

Issaquah also determined what to charge developers for their share of these projects, otherwise known as impact and mitigation fees

Following extensive public outreach, the City Council adopted the new fees in January 2015. The new fees and streamlined process went into effect Feb. 2, 2015. To learn more, read our ordinance.