State asks Issaquah to consider annexing Lake Sammamish State Park

March 10, 2014

By Peter Clark

Updated: March 10, 2:48 p.m.

Lake Sammamish State Park might fall under city jurisdiction soon.

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Director Don Hoch asked in a March 4 letter that Issaquah officials consider authorizing filing an annexation petition toward the state park.

“For the past decade, State Parks has closely coordinated planning activities with the city because of the park’s influence on the city and the city’s significant influence on the park,” Washington State Parks Communications Director Virginia Painter said. “Our request seeking annexation of the park into the city builds on our shared recreation and conservation interests, and establishes the city as the park’s underlying regulatory and permitting jurisdiction.”

She said annexation would not give the city ownership of the park nor would the state expect the city to manage it.

“This isn’t one of the parks the state is looking to transfer,” Painter said. “It makes the whole activity easier if it’s under the same jurisdiction.”

She equated it to the city annexing land on which a business sits. The land would fall in the city’s jurisdiction, but the city would not then own the business.

The City Council’s Land and Shore Committee will take up the discussion in its March 11 meeting as a part of its docket of proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments.

Should the full council decided to file an annexation petition, state law requires at least one public hearing before the council could choose to draft and pass an ordinance to have the city include the 512-acre park in its jurisdiction.

The committee will hold the public meeting at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers, 135 E. Sunset Way.

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