Land Development

Land Development Updates

The Issaquah Highlands community totals 22,000 acres. Of that land, only 23.9% is dedicated to dense housing, retail, and commercial uses, and more than 76% is publicly dedicated to open space. The following are status updates on current and future residential, commercial, and city development projects in Issaquah Highlands.

Alexan Heartwood Apartments

Alexan Heartwood Apartments

Aquatic Center

Aquatic Center

Bellevue College

Bellevue College

Bike Skills Park

Bike Skills Park

Block 20

Block 20

Central Park Booster Station Retrofit – Water Utility

Central Park Booster Station Retrofit – Water Utility

Central Park Pad 4 Improvements

Central Park Pad 4 Improvements

Central Park to Valley Trail via Issaquah-Preston Trail

Central Park to Valley Trail via Issaquah-Preston Trail

Central Park Traffic Signal and Mini Roundabout

Central Park Traffic Signal and Mini Roundabout

Harrison Street and Grand Ridge Drive

Harrison Street and Grand Ridge Drive

High Street Linear Park

High Street Linear Park

Highlands Sewer Main Capacity and Redundancy Project

Highlands Sewer Main Capacity and Redundancy Project

ISD School Siting

ISD School Siting

Issaquah Highlands Community Association (IHCA) Parks

Issaquah Highlands Community Association (IHCA) Parks

Lake Tradition to Central Park I-90 Crossing

Lake Tradition to Central Park I-90 Crossing

Park Drive Pedestrian Safety

Park Drive Pedestrian Safety

Public Works Storage Site

Public Works Storage Site

Shelter Holdings

Shelter Holdings

Recent News

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July 27, 2022

New LEO Home Opens in Issaquah Highlands

Life Enrichment Options (LEO) officially opened its newest home in Issaquah Highlands on Sunday, July 24. The Mike Ernst House,…Learn More
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October 21, 2021

2021 Development Update: City of Issaquah Development Projects

The Issaquah City Council adopted the city’s 2022-2027 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) on June 7, 2021. The CIP lists Issaquah’s planned infrastructure…Learn More
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October 14, 2021

2021 Development Update: Central & East Issaquah Highlands

Tract D The small parcel at the base of College Drive, along NE Falls Drive between the Highlands at Wynhaven…Learn More
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October 7, 2021

2021 Development Update: West Issaquah Highlands

Westridge As of September 2021, developer Taylor Morrison built and sold over 72 homes in Westridge South and 37 homes…Learn More

Development Terms

Affordable Housing (distinct from low income housing):

As governed by the Issaquah Highlands Development Agreement (DA), 30% of residential development shall be “affordable housing”. The DA further defines “affordable” as that which is calculated as affordable to those earning 80, 100 and 120% of the King County median income. (Currently, the King County household median income is $73,000.)

Audience Comments:

An opportunity to speak publicly, addressing a body such as the City Council, on a topic that is not scheduled for a Public Hearing at that meeting. City Council provides this opportunity at the beginning of each meeting. The UVDC and City Council committees also welcome audience comments. (See specific agendas on the City website.)

Commercial Uses Include:

Office, Hotel, Restaurants, Fitness, Entertainment, Warehousing/Storage, Light Manufacturing, etc.

Development Agreement (DA):

An agreement (contract) between a land owner and a jurisdiction, such as a city, that determines how a property will be developed. The agreement has a term (i.e. 20 years) and “runs” with the land, if sold. The Issaquah Highlands Development Agreement was signed in 1996.

End of DAs:

A casual reference to the end of buildout period of the Issaquah Highlands Development Agreement (DA), and the agreement’s termination. Even though undeveloped properties remain in the Highlands, the City or the Master Developer can choose to terminate the DA at the end of the buildout period, which occurs in 2017.

See all updates related to the end of the Development Agreement

Entitlement:

Amount of residential, commercial or institutional development allowed by a contract such as a Development Agreement.

Institutional Uses Include:

Schools, Churches, Cultural Facilities, etc.

Moratorium:

In September 2016, the City of Issaquah enacted a six-month moratorium on certain types of development. There are many exceptions. Notable to Issaquah Highlands is that all land governed by Development Agreements is excluded. In February 2017 the City Council extended this moratorium to September 6, 2017.

Public Hearing:

A scheduled opportunity to speak on the record on a specific topic. The Urban Village Development Commission (UVDC) and City Council both hold Public Hearings. Public notice of a hearing will be provided at least 10 days in advance. Sign up on the City’s website, “Notify Me” to receive email notices of Public Hearings.

Retail Uses Include:

Stores and Shops, Grocery Stores, Banks, Winery/Brewery, etc.

Site Development Permit (SDP):

When a development is large or complicated the Site Development Permit application process is used, which includes a Public Hearing.

Transfer of Development Rights (TDR):

Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) is a voluntary, incentive-based program that allows landowners to sell development rights from their land to a developer or other interested party who then can use these rights to increase the density of development at another designated location.

Urban Village Development Commission (UVDC):

A commission serving by appointment of the Mayor to review and approve (or recommend to approve) applications to develop land in the city’s Urban Villages, such as Issaquah Highlands.

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