City council approves “Our Issaquah” strategic plan

The city council unanimously approved the “Our Issaquah” strategic plan at their May 6 meeting.

A unified vision for the future of the city was approved by the Issaquah City Council at its May 6 meeting. “Our Issaquah” — the city’s strategic plan — was approved in a unanimous vote.

The plan will set goals the city wants to achieve and set guidelines for budget allocations to accomplish those goals. “Our Issaquah” is broken into six elements: growth and development, mobility, social and economic vitality, environmental stewardship, infrastructures, and city leadership and services.

The process to craft the plan began more than a year ago and has been heavily informed through public comment collected during that time. Sustainability director David Fujimoto said over of the course of plan development the city collected more than 1,650 responses from community members about their priorities for the plan. Most recently, a survey was held in March that gave citizens the opportunity to comment on the draft version.

Fujimoto said the strategic plan outlines individual visions, missions, guiding principles and objects for each of the six priority areas. Measures of success are also outlined individually for each of the priorities so the city can judge its progress toward the goals.

In discussion, each of the councilmembers voiced their support for the plan and gave thanks to the residents of Issaquah for being a part of the data collection process. Councilmember Paul Winterstein was glad to have the plan going forward as no official similar framework previously existed with which to work from.

“There is going to be a lot of work in discussing and deciding upon what order and how to prioritize and how to maybe bring new things in we didn’t consider and what not to do,” he said. “Previously we didn’t have a framework in which to work in, so I’m glad to have gotten to this point.”

The idea of the plan as a “living document” was also brought by Councilmember Victoria Hunt, who said the city might not be able to accomplish everything on the plan within the time frame, but the plan itself exists as a work in progress that will update and change.

Councilmember Stacy Goodman was supportive, but did voice come concerns about the level of detail in the plan.

“I have a couple of concerns, one is that it’s very broad. I think we should have done a better job of being more disciplined about making this a narrower plan,” she said. “The second concern is related to that — that is, I am hoping this doesn’t become an annual defacto goal setting, which is what we used to do a few years ago.”

While Councilmember Lindsey Walsh was only recently appointed to the previously open council seat, she was supportive of the plan and asked the citizens to use the plan as a way to measure the success of the city and council.

“Thank you, and please use this to hold us accountable,” Walsh said. “We heard the community’s input and condensed it down into a strategic plan that we are then going to use for policy making and budgeting going forward and also performance measures to measure our effectiveness of that. Please, hold us accountable… We want to make the community proud with our use of this document and calling the community to continue to be involved in that is essential for us making that a reality.”

For the next steps, the city plans to hold a strategic plan and budget special council meeting in June where they will look at potential actions and how those line up with goals for 2020.


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@issaquahreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.issaquahreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in News

Stock image
Campgrounds to reopen in 22 Washington counties

Campgrounds in counties actively in Phase 2 of the reopening plan will begin to welcome visitors June 1, state says.

King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht. FILE PHOTO
King County sheriff releases message about Minneapolis Police officer

Mitzi Johanknecht calls video of officer kneeling on neck of George Floyd ‘heartbreaking and disturbing’

File photo of construction near North Bend on Aug. 16. Sound Publishing file photo
                                File photo of construction near North Bend on Aug. 16. Sound Publishing file photo
Rural King County mayors want state to let them enter Phase 2

Mayors cite heavy economic damage from prolonged shutdown.

New dashboard shows how far along King County is to meeting Phase II metrics

The county has met more than half its goals, but the ones it hasn’t met are critical in determining how many people are still being infected, and how quickly people are being tested.

As sales tax plummets in King County, mental health and drug program funding dries up

County will need to make severe cuts to MIDD program this year.

Auburn Mountain View Cemetery Manager Craig Hudson, center, confers with maintenance workers David Partridge, left, and Zach Hopper in March 2020. Sound Publishing file photo
State allows weddings, funerals, religious services to restart with restrictions

Gov. Inslee issues new rules during May 27 news conference.

State loosens cougar hunting restrictions

The regulations will impact 19 areas around the state.

American Medical Response (AMR) organized a parade of first responders to show appreciation for St. Elizabeth Hospital staff April 30. Photo by Ray Miller-Still/Sound Publishing
The complications of counting COVID deaths in Washington

State relies on results of tests and death certificates in calculating the daily toll of the disease.

Most Read