Central Issaquah could become region’s newest growth center
Issaquah is asking PSRC to designate its Central Issaquah Urban Core as a regional growth center.
The city is seeking to increase development in its commercial core and preserve nearby natural areas.
Issaquah is seeking to channel new housing and jobs to its commercial core while integrating natural features such as parks, creeks and views.
The designation could support the city’s Central Issaquah Plan, which calls for big changes to the city’s commercial core along the I-90 corridor.
Today Central Issaquah is characterized by lower density strip malls, office buildings and parking lots, with 75 percent of the area used for parking, according to the city.
The city envisions transforming Central Issaquah into a vibrant urban center with new housing and jobs, more parks and open space, and better transportation connections for biking, walking and transit.
PSRC received the city’s official application for regional center designation on January 30. The next steps are discussions by the Growth Management Policy Board and Executive Board this spring. Final action on designation of the Issaquah center is scheduled for June.
The region currently has 28 regional growth centers in all. VISION 2040’s growth strategy calls for a significant share of new jobs and housing to focus in centers that are connected by major transportation corridors and high capacity transit.