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Land Use Amendments
Central Issaquah

The City Council recently assessed whether projects that have been built, approved or are currently under review meet the visions established in the Central Issaquah Plan (CIP).

Following that review, the City is now studying whether some uses  that do not contribute to the CIP's vision of a “vibrant, appealing and visually engaging place to live, work and play” –  should be limited or prohibited.

Proposed Amendments
The proposed land use-amendments would limit the following new uses to be developed in Central Issaquah (and still be permitted elsewhere in the City):
  • Correction facility/jail
  • Secure community transition facility
  • Hazardous waste storage and/or treatment facilities
  • Heliport/helipad/helistop
  • Automotive wrecking or dismantling yard
  • Impounded vehicle storage 
  • Tire rebuilding and recapping
  • Agricultural food processing/storage
  • Boat building, sales and repair
  • Building material: Storage and sales
  • Distribution center
  • Metal fabrication/metal work
  • Feed store and agricultural supply

These proposals would not impact existing businesses already in operation. If any of these uses currently exist in Central Issaquah, the property owners may still expand/improve their site/buildings.

In addition, new light manufacturing uses (coffee roaster; brewery/microbrewery/winery; clothing fabrication; canning; bottling; preserving and packaging of foods and/or beverages) are required to have a retail component to their manufacturing use if they are located in the Urban Core zone. 

Learn more by reviewing a draft of the proposed amendments.

Get Involved
  • Aug. 23, 2018 (rescheduled from Aug. 9 due to an anticipated lack of quorum): Public Hearing with the Planning Policy Commission
  • Summer/fall: Further review by the Issaquah City Council
  • After considering any public feedback, the City Council will make the final determination on these proposals.

Issaquah Contacts
Trish Heinonen
Policy Planning Manager