The City Council voted unanimously this week to approve an ordinance that would keep growth in check by phasing in development once the city's building moratorium expires Aug. 14.

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The City Council voted unanimously this week to approve an ordinance that would keep growth in check by phasing in development once the city’s building moratorium expires Aug. 14.

The measure will restrict development to 840 new residential lots during the first two years. After that, there will be no limit, said Susan Cezar, deputy director of community development.

Because of the high demand to build in Sammamish, the 840 lots will be allocated through a lottery expected to take place in late October, she said.

Eighty percent of the allocated lots will go to subdivisions or multifamily developments. Twenty percent will be allocated to short plats of four lots or less.

Starting Aug. 15, those wishing to participate in the lottery will have a 60-day window to nominate themselves. Those chosen will then have a 180-day window to file a completed application. More information is available by calling Kamuron Gurol, director of community development, at 425-836-7903, or Cezar at 425-445-7250.


Classical music fest

at Overlake School

The Overlake School in Redmond will be the site of a Summer Festival presented by the Seattle Chamber Music Society. The festival will begin Wednesday and will continue on Aug. 5, 8, 9, 10 and 12.

For more than 20 years, the music society has organized a Summer Festival at Lakeside School in Seattle. Rather than add more nights to that regularly sold-out series, organizers are starting similar concerts on the Eastside.

At Overlake, there will be pre-concert recitals, optional outdoor dining and refreshments, and free admission to Music Under the Stars — at which seating allows guests to sit outside and hear the music being performed in the auditorium.

All recitals start at 7 p.m., followed by the concerts at 8 p.m. The only exception is the family concert Aug. 9, a 45-minute show by the Finisterra Piano Trio that begins at 7 p.m. Free hot dogs and lemonade will be served at 6 p.m.

All concerts will be performed in the Fulton Performing Arts Center at The Overlake School, 20301 N.E. 108th St., Redmond.

Tickets are $150 for five concerts, $99 for three concerts, $38 for a single concert and $16 for a student single ticket. If the concerts do not sell out, a $20 senior ticket for adults over 65 will be sold at the door before each show. The family concert is $8 general admission.

To order tickets or to get more information, go to, or call the box office at 206-283-8808 or Ticketmaster at 206-292-ARTS.


Pet adoption center

closing for repairs

The King County Eastside Pet Adoption Center in the Crossroads area of Bellevue will be closed beginning Monday through Aug. 17 for maintenance and repairs. The center will reopen at 2 p.m. on Aug. 18.

The center has been operating out of the Crossroads location for eight years and needs work to maintain healthy and safe conditions for animals and customers. Crews will repair dog kennels, refinish floors and paint the walls.

For pet-related services during the closure, visit the King County Kent Animal Shelter, 21615 64th Ave. S. in Kent (206-296-PETS), or the Humane Society for Seattle/King County, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way in Bellevue.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau