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Rooted in Community: What is the Issaquah Highlands Community Association (IHCA)?

By April 6, 2021July 9th, 2021Connections

Our Dedicated Homeowners Association


The Issaquah Highlands Community Association (IHCA) professionally manages the community’s fiscal and environmental assets. Its mission is to maintain the value of Issaquah Highlands properties and high quality of life for the residential community. Ongoing operations include the maintenance of landscape, parks, and common areas; snow removal; utilities; insurance; management; administration; architectural review; and violation enforcement. A capital reserve account funds the long-term maintenance and repair of IHCA properties.


  • Enforcement of the community standards
  • Landscape and maintenance of common areas, including parks
  • Architect and builder relations
  • Home and commercial building modification review
  • Collaboration with the city of Issaquah and commercial landowners


A volunteer board of directors governs IHCA affairs, each member with one equal vote. The board of directors is comprised of Issaquah Highlands homeowners with representation from each Board District. Homeowners elect the directors. The board hires the IHCA executive director.

Assessments are obligatory fees each homeowner pays to fund their share of the common expenses benefiting all, or a portion of, the association. Base assessments are levied equally against all homes, based on an annual budget prepared by the board, covering the estimated costs of operating the association. Supplemental neighborhood assessments are fees paid by a homeowner to fund additional services for their specific neighborhood, above the base assessment.

Vicki Grunewald is the Highlands Council media editor and a Harrison Street resident. 

This article is part of a series from the Spring 2021 issue of Connections. Read the full “Rooted in Community” feature story in Spring 2021 Connections >> 

Learn more about your Issaquah Highlands organizations and speak with staff and volunteers at our upcoming Resident Information Night on April 13, 2021! Pre-register online here >>