TONIGHT: Public hearing and vote on annexation of Lake Sammamish State Park

City officials have cited the ease of permitting projects in the park as an advantage to a closer relationship.

The Issaquah City Council will vote on the city’s annexation of Lake Sammamish State Park tonight, Monday, following a public hearing.

The Council voted to pursue annexation of the park in September, after the Washington State Parks agency had requested the city consider taking it into city limits earlier in March.

Currently, 18 acres of the park are within Issaquah city limits, but the majority of its 380 acres are in unincorporated King County.

City officials have cited the ease of permitting projects in the park as an advantage to a closer relationship.

“The State Park is across the street from our city permitting offices,” Planning Manager Trish Heinonen wrote The Reporter in August. “Site visits, inspections and anything to be clarified on site can occur faster since our locations are so close.”

Washington State Parks would continue to operate the property, with the city taking a regulatory role.

If approved, annexation would take effect Feb. 1, 2015.

Also tonight, the council will vote on names for properties within its own park system and elect a Council President and Deputy President for 2015.

The Council’s regular meeting will take place at 7 p.m. in City Hall South, 135 East Sunset Way.


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