As their neighbors did last week, the Issaquah City Council unanimously approved the interlocal agreement regarding the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area, at its April 21 meeting.
This opens the door for Sammamish to amend its comprehensive plan to include the Klahanie PAA. Issaquah must take all necessary steps to amend its comp plan to remove Klahanie.
As part of an agreement between the two cities about Klahanie, Sammamish agreed to support Issaquah’s effort to get an Urban Center designation from the Puget Sound Regional Council. Also, Sammamish has agreed not to impose or accept any retail sales tax credit from the state and will take immediate steps to fund improvements to Issaquah-Fall City Road if it annexes the Klahanie PAA. Sammamish will place $3 million in a separate transportation account for the road within one year of annexation of the Klahanie PAA.
Finally, Sammamish will reimburse Issaquah $30,000 for full use of it annexation study done by Tom Nesbitt, of Nesbitt Planning and Management, Inc.
“This is a major milestone for Klahanie,” said Issaquah City Councilmember Tola Marts.
The council agreed that support from Sammamish for the CIP is powerful as are improvements to Issaquah-Fall City Road.