AJ McGauley

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AJ McGauley was a temporary transplant in the Seattle area, living in East King with his lovely wife for five years before returning to the great Midwest. Having lived in nine very different cities in the six years prior to moving to Washington, he discovered the wonky side of urbanism after reading The Urbanist and is interested in why cities grow (or don’t grow) in different ways. He worked for Sound Transit and can still be found riding transit for fun.
The Issaquah City Council extended its development moratorium for Central Issaquah by an additional six months. This would put the moratorium out as far as September 6th, with the next public hearing on whether to extend or end the moratorium scheduled for August 7th. The purpose of the extension is...
On January 18th, the Issaquah Land & Shore Committee recommended denial for a major modification request to the Issaquah Highlands development agreement, citing lack of community benefit and concerns about density and excessive growth in the Highlands. Polygon Northwest had requested the addition of 100 units to their already approved...
Issaquah City Council had a well-attended meeting last night to discuss a major amendment to the Issaquah Highlands, which was detailed yesterday. Local residents were generally supportive of the proposal, with my favorite comment coming from a woman who lives in the Highlands and welcomed additional growth by declaring, “Our...
Local development firm Polygon Northwest requested use of transfer of development rights (TDRs) for their Westridge development in the Issaquah Highlands earlier this year. TDRs would allow the developer to substantially increase the number of permitted dwelling units on the development site in exchange for preserving natural lands. These development...