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City Goals

these visioning documents as a guide, the City Council adopts goals each year to provide direction on City services and priorities. An important part of this goal-setting process involves input from the community each spring.

Current Goals

Here are the City's current goals:

Affordable/Workforce Housing
  • Increase the quantity of affordable housing units and workforce housing units, and the variety of housing options, in the City to create a balanced community. The first steps in this process are to update the Comprehensive Plan and create an affordable/workforce housing report card that is reviewed annually.

Bike and Pedestrian Plan
  • Develop citywide bike and pedestrian plan.

Central Issaquah Anchor Project
  • Identify a core project that establishes the tone and character in Central Issaquah, and create a strategic plan for implementation.

Complete Streets – Develop policy for funding complete streets projects and ensure funding in subsequent budgets
  • Enhance the City’s Complete Streets policy to include a strategy for funding and completing the smaller projects and elements of Complete Streets, which exist outside of the Transportation Improvement Program and the Capital Facilities Plan. These smaller elements include sidewalk segments, ADA improvements, bike lanes, crosswalks, auditory signals, etc.

Create a Regional Agenda
  • Develop a regional agenda and implementation plan for City staff and council that focuses on utilizing the City’s resources on issues of importance to Issaquah.

Emergency Management Investments – Develop mechanism to supply enhanced information to the public; identify capital
  • Share information with the public concerning possible emergency scenarios, in an effort to increase awareness and preparedness. Based on a review of the City’s Hazard Mitigation Plan, identify and separately list any needed capital facilities and equipment, which would enable Issaquah to better manage those emergencies.

Enhance Olde Town Vitality
  • In 2015, identify and execute an immediate public investment opportunity for the Olde Town that will help enhance Olde Town’s vitality. Form a mayor-appointed ad hoc committee to provide recommendations to the Mayor on what the community can do to enhance Olde Town’s vitality.

Green Building Strategies – Develop and analyze green building strategies, working toward being a regional leader
  • Develop an “action strategy” to assist Issaquah in becoming a regional leader in green building implementation and innovation.

Healthy Community Strategy

  • Create a healthy community strategy for Issaquah moving forward.

Improve Key Intersections
  • Develop a plan to improve traffic intersections at Front Street and Gilman Boulevard, as well as Front Street and Sunset Way. Also incorporate 2014 goal of identifying feasibility of I-90 overcrossing.

Innovative Partnership Zone /SWOT Analysis
  • Focus on an Innovative Partnership Zone (IPZ), and perform a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) Analysis.

Lake Sammamish State Park

  • Work with State of Washington and Lake Sammamish State Park to improve and help create an urban state park; encourage public/private partnerships.

Measure/Report City Services
  • Measure City services and report to our community.

Mobility Master Plan
  • Develop a Mobility Master Plan.

Pilot a Neighborhood Engagement Program
  • This pilot program is aimed to facilitate neighborhood connectivity, energy and engagement by providing an opportunity for staff and council members to attend neighborhood meetings. Neighborhoods will be responsible for organizing/hosting the event and collecting enough RSVPs. At the neighborhood meetings, staff will provide information – and collect feedback on – upcoming city initiatives and capital projects. The intent is to use this information received from residents to inform our future planning and projects. Council’s goal is for Issaquah to participate in at least 12 of these meetings per year.

Plan for Neighborhood Parks
  • Generate a plan for developing neighborhood parks into usable recreational facilities, beginning with Hillside Park.

Professional Marketing Packet
  • Develop a professional marketing packet for business recruitment of targeted sectors.

Public Engagement – Improve council deliberations through timely public engagement
  • Enhance the opportunity for additional public input and engagement on Council deliberations.

Rainier Trail
  • Create a plan of possible projects/actions that could further enhance the Rainier Trail area.

Safe/Drug-Free Community
  • Support a community dialogue on drug use and the development of a community-based action plan by others. Desired outcomes include: Increased community engagement and participation; improved knowledge of perceptions of community safety; and reduction in non-normative behaviors and impacts (drug use, litter, etc.).

Schools – Increase cooperation and engagement with the Issaquah School District regarding growth
  • Pursue establishment of joint staff meetings and host such meetings to discuss and increase engagement on growth, review City and District projects, and share needs and opportunities. Host a roundtable and strategy workshop every other year with District staff that focuses on learning innovative approaches to managing school population growth and how the City and District could partner to create additional capacity.

Skate Park
  • Relocate and/or enhance the skate park.

Strategy for Route 200/928
  • Develop strategy for Route 200 and/or Route 928 funding to maintain, modify or expand route.

Tourism Business Plan

  • Through a public-private partnership, develop and/or implement a 2014 Tourism Business Plan.

Transportation Funding Strategy
  • Develop a plan in 2015 for raising funds for motorized and non-motorized transportation improvements identified in the concurrency update adopted in January 2015. Include other, non-capacity transportation improvements as needed.

Urban Center and Regional Growth Center designations
  • Attain an urban center designation in 2013 and a Regional Growth Center designation by 2015.