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Olde Town Subarea Plan
Issaquah's Olde Town Subarea Plan, which was updated in 2018, focuses on preserving our historic downtown core, and taking proactive and deliberate steps to improve the quality of life for local residents, businesses and visitors.

In 2015, a Task Force was formed to provide recommendations on retaining Olde Town's vitality. For the next several years, the City launched an extensive engagement process (including open houses and an online survey) before the City Council adopted an updated Olde Town Subarea Plan.

Code Updates
The plan includes a list of "Immediate Actions" to take place in 2019-20.

To implement some of those actions, several Land Use Code amendments are now being proposed to Council for adoption, including:
  1. Lowering the height limits for new commercial and new residential buildings in some zoning districts
  2. Increasing the amount of hardscape surfacing allowed in some areas
  3. Requiring ground floor commercial/retail on Front Street
  4. Allowing small-scale retail in some areas along East Sunset Way
  5. Developing incentives that reduce parking requirements for neighborhood-oriented commercial projects
  6. Expanding the boundary where exceptions to parking regulations apply
  7. Removing the code provision that allows for density from other areas of town to be transferred to existing parcels in downtown 
If the new land use regulations are approved, they will only apply to new development or remodels. In other words, all existing development and houses will be grandfathered to the previous regulations. See these maps for more details.   

Provide your input:

Comments on these proposals may be submitted in writing to the Development Services Department, P.O. Box 1307, Issaquah, WA, 98027; via email; or at the meetings above.

Design Standards and Architectural Guidelines
In addition, the Plan calls for new Design Standards and Architectural Guidelines, or in other words, what a property will look like (types of materials used, window types, roof styles, sign design, screening around a parking lot, etc.).

The standards and guidelines would apply to the Cultural and Business District; Multifamily-High (East Sunset Way only) and Single Family-Duplex zones.

This project will launch in fall 2019, and with expected completion in May 2020.

Issaquah Contacts
Christen Leeson
Senior Planner

Trish Heinonen
Policy Planning Manager