Sammamish’s annexation of Klahanie takes another step

May 30, 2014

By Ari Cetron

New: May 30, 11:16 a.m.

A first and necessary step that will lead to Sammamish annexing the Klahanie area took place May 21.
King County’s Growth Management Planning Council unanimously approved the idea to move the Klahanie area from Issaquah’s Potential Annexation Area to Sammamish’s area.
In what was likely a show of goodwill, Issaquah City Councilman Tola Marts, who sits on the planning council, made the motion to make the shift. Sammamish City Councilman Tom Odell, who also sits on the council, seconded the motion, said Karen Wolf, a county employee who works for the council.
The vote is a non-binding recommendation that will now move to the County Council. If the council approves the plan – and there is little indication they would oppose it – it goes to all of the various cities in King County for a vote, Wolf said.
Every city in the county has 90 days to vote on the idea. If a city does not vote, it is the same as approving the move.
Since both of the cities involved in the move approve it, Wolf said, it would be unlikely for other cities to oppose it.
After that, Sammamish can apply to the county’s Boundary Review Board, which must also sign off on the idea.
Additionally, both Sammamish and Issaquah have to amend their comprehensive plans.
Once all of that happens, Sammamish can call for a vote among Klahanie residents to see if they want to join the city.
The entire process is likely to extend into next year.

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