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Issaquah to Overhaul Title 18 Land Use Code

Posted on Dec 13, 2019 in:
  • Building Codes
  • Industry Issues
  • Advocacy

MBAKS and interested stakeholders recently met with Issaquah staff for the first of many meetings related to the Title 18 Land Use Code overhaul. This update is extensive and will likely affect all properties in the city.

The current code, originally adopted in 1996, has been modified annually and become a patchwork that is hard to follow, with repetition and obsolete references. The city has hired Makers Consulting Firm to draft the proposal, with Keith Niven being staff lead. The complete overhaul will touch the tree preservation code, sign code, public notice requirements, process, missing middle housing, allowed uses, landscape standards, neighborhoods, site design, building design, and more.

It will be a long process, with many opportunities for stakeholder engagement. It’s expected the city council will form an ad hoc committee to meet twice monthly, with adoption by the end of 2020. We are hopeful to have a first draft available by Feb. 2020. For more detail, see Issaquah's Land Use Code Overhaul webpage.

Contact King County Manager Jennifer Anderson, 425.460.8240, with any questions.


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