Issaquah Highlands is an Urban Village dedicated to Living Green that will grow and evolve with
time to meet the changing needs, opportunities and personalities that contribute to its future.
At Issaquah Highlands, we have established these Guiding Principles to help unify our efforts
and assure a rewarding outcome for all who will live, work and play in our community.
Principle #1: Sustainability
We will create a thriving, efficient, sustainable community that cares for and preserves the
natural environment for ourselves and for generations to come.
Principle #2: Pedestrian Friendly Design
Issaquah Highlands community plan, infrastructure and amenities will be designed to encourage
walking, bicycling and transit use.
Principle #3: Diversity
Issaquah Highlands will plan in a way that attracts a diversity of incomes, household makeups,
lifestyles, activities, ethnicities and backgrounds. A diversity of land uses, architecture
and amenities will be encouraged to enrich people’s lives.
Principle #4: Community Values
Issaquah Highlands will have an atmosphere of valuing individual privacy and will provide
opportunities, for social interactivity and community life for adults, children and seniors, that
promote common values and shared responsibilities.
Principle #5: Civic Celebration through Public Amenities
Issaquah Highlands will give special prominence, maximum public exposure and extraordinary
architectural quality to common buildings and public spaces.
Principle #6: A Local Context
Issaquah Highlands will have a unique and memorable identity as a neighborhood within the
City of Issaquah. We will commemorate and celebrate the rich history of the region.
Principle #7: Contribute to the Good of the Region
Issaquah Highlands will be a complete community that accommodates living, working,
learning, playing and nurturing while contributing to the richness, opportunity and quality
of life of the region.
Principle #8: Vitality, Flexibility and Collaboration
Issaquah Highlands will be an economically vital and viable community where the collaboration
of public and private interests offers positive responses to the changing needs of the future.
Principle #9: Stewardship
Issaquah Highlands will produce public infrastructure that is high quality, efficiently maintained
and economically serviced.
Living Green Links:
U.S. Green Building Council
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
ENERGY STAR® Homes Northwest
EPA's Product Stewardship Web site
King County EcoConsumer Resources
Forest Stewardship Council
Everything you want to know about green building
National Association of Homebuilders Research Center (NAHB)
Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC)
Environmental Protection Agency
Energy and Environmental Building Association (EEBA)