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Providence Heights Property Update – City Council SEPA Appeal Decision - Next Step - Zoning of Site Intended for Fourth Comprehensive High School

Posted by Elizabeth Egan on December 06, 2019

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Update - December 6, 2019 

The Issaquah City Council upheld the SEPA Determination of Non-significance at the December 5 meeting by a vote of 5-2.

City of Issaquah Video from December 5, 2019 SEPA Appeal Hearing 

The next step takes place on December 16, 2019 when the City Council has an opportunity to approve zoning the Providence Heights property Community Facilities Facilities in its Comprehensive Plan at its regular city council meeting. Public input will be taken at this meeting. Please plan to attend. 

If you cannot attend, or wish to express your thoughts to the Issaquah City Council regarding zoning the property "CFF" to allow for the high school to be built prior to the December 16 meeting, you may email the council at citycouncil@issaquahwa.gov


November 12, 2019

The Issaquah City Council is holding a Council Study Session on November 12, 2019 to discuss zoning for 40 acres of property previously owned by Churchome located near Providence Point. The District recently acquired the property, following an exhaustive search for school sites within the Urban Growth Boundary as required by the Countywide Planning Policies—as well as a lengthy eminent domain process. The land was acquired for the purpose of building a fourth comprehensive high school and an elementary school, both approved by voters in the 2016 school bond election. The zoning of this property will determine whether or not the District may move forward with the planning for those schools.

The City of Issaquah’s Planning Policy Commission recommended during their October 24 meeting that the City adopt zoning that would prohibit the District from building our desperately needed fourth high school on this site and render a significant portion of the site unusable for any purpose. We are aware of the concerns being raised about the construction of these two schools by the neighbors of the site and we are committed to continuing our work and collaboration with these communities to address their concerns while building our critically needed schools.

The Issaquah School Board and Administration have sent letters to City officials asking for their consideration in this important matter as schools are already experiencing severe overcrowding and there are no other available land alternatives to serve the students and community of the District. See a copy of the letters sent by ISD Board President Harlan Gallinger and Superintendent Ron Thiele to the Issaquah City Council.

The next step in this process is the November 12 Study Session in which the Council will take public input. Thereafter, we understand that the City will consider possible action, following a public hearing, during their regularly scheduled December 16 meeting. For updates on the process please check the City of Issaquah’s Website for additional information. Individuals can also email the Issaquah City Council at citycouncil@issaquahwa.gov if they would like to provide input into this critical decision. 

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