Vision Statement:

Our community’s Rural Character will be supported by facilitating strong local ties and communication between the public, organizations, and government; promoting locally owned businesses and supporting quality education; protecting the environment, and maintaining landowners’ rights and responsibilities; promoting controlled and well-planned growth with appropriate infrastructure; ensuring proper representation for rural interests and needs; and supporting the health and safety and the privacy of our vibrant community.

 

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Calendar of Events

2019

The Area Council holds its monthly meeting at the Maple Valley Fire Station #81 (SE corner of SE 231st St & SR-169)

Drop us a line

GMVUAC
PO Box 111
Maple Valley WA 98038

2019 GMVUAC Survey/Election

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Announcements

February 2019 Meeting

** The Area Council will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, February 4, 2019, from 7:00 to 9:30 PM at the Maple Valley Fire Station #81–SE corner of SE 231st St & SR-169.
** Our guest speaker will be John Taylor, Director of Department of Local Services, who will present and discuss with Council members and public attendees, his vision and goals for this newly created department. All are welcome to meet with John and ask him questions about your concerns regarding life in the rural area.
** The Area Council will discuss other local issues of importance.
** Farm King County has a website devoted to local agriculture and the County’s farm and food system; Read More or access directly via the King County Links in the above Links dropdown.
** Future Council Meetings and planned topics and guest speakers are presented as information becomes available.
** Please contact the GMVUAC if you are interested in becoming a Council Member or participating on one of our several Committees.
** We invite you to visit our various Committee and informational webpages to see all in which your Council is and has been involved.
** Get to know your Council by reading a short biography of each current member.
** You can also view the presentation made by TSD Superintendent, Tony Giurado, to the GMVUAC on December 3, 2018.

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WaDOE MTCA Site Cleanup Projects

** At our March 4, 2019, meeting the WaDOE’s Tim O’Connor and Alan Noell will present and discuss an update to the Reserve Silica Mine Site MTCA Cleanup project.  In addition, WaDOE’s Jerome Cruz and Brad Petrovich will present a PowerPoint discussion and update on the Landsburg Mine Site MTCA Cleanup project.  See our Current Issues Box for links to more detailed information.
** Keep an eye on this spot for important information regarding the Department of Ecology’s MTCA site cleanup projects in our service area, including the Reserve Silica and Landsburg Mine sites.
** We also invite you to visit our Current Issues Box for more detailed information regarding these projects and much more.

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Upcoming Important Events

** Public comments regarding Lakeside Industries permit applications and SEPA Checklist for the proposed SR 169 Asphalt Facility must be submitted to DPER by no later than January 30, 2019.
** The Tahoma School Board is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the board, following the resignation of longtime director Bill Clausmeyer, who is stepping down on March 1 for personal reasons.
** The KC Council is considering major amendments to the Zoning Code regarding local breweries and wineries and their continued operation in the rural area.
** John Taylor, Director of the new Department of Local Services, will be the GMVUAC’s guest speaker at its February 4, 2019, meeting — PLEASE COME TO THIS VERY IMPORTANT MEETING TO MEET AND DISCUSS YOUR CONCERNS WITH MR TAYLOR.
** Ruckelshaus Center is sponsoring workshops on possible updates to the GMA, SMA, SEPA, and more. An online Survey is being conducted until January 31, 2019.
** King County Council is amending its Comprehensive Plan Ordinance and moving to an 8-year major update cycle.
** WaDOE has given notice of its forthcoming MTCA Public Participation Grants program.
** WaDOE is implementing a public participation initiative regarding the Reserve Silica MTCA cleanup program.
** WaDOE has scheduled several statewide workshops re funding and NEB rulemaking re legislative fix to Hirst decision.
CURRENT ISSUES: See Current Issues box for timely information regarding the Asphalt Facility, Reserve Silica, and much more.
READ MORE: For additional details and links regarding and relating to all of the above and much more.

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Annual Operating Model Train Show

The GMVUAC holds its annual operating model train show the third weekend of each October during the hours of 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Saturday and from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Sunday at the Gracie Hansen Community Center, 27132 SE Ravensdale Way, Ravensdale.

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News

Comprehensive and GMVCR CSA Plan Updates

** Ruckelshaus Center is sponsoring workshops on possible updates to the GMA, SMA, SEPA, and more.
** King County is proposing to conduct major updates to its Comprehensive Plan every eight years rather than its current four year cycle.
** Annual updates for technical corrections to the Plan may be requested pursuant to the Docket Process.
** The County will also be working on an update to the Greater Maple Valley-Cedar River Community Service Area (CSA) Subarea Plan.
** GMVUAC extensively reviews and offers comments on all of the foregoing processes, projects, and programs.
Please Read More for details.

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New KC Department of Local Services

** John Taylor, Director of the new DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL SERVICES (replaces DPER and integrates into it various other programs and departments), will be the GMVUAC’s guest speaker at its February 4, 2019, meeting.
** Danielle de Clercq appointed Deputy Director of the Local Services Department.
Read More for further information and links.

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Marijuana Processing and Growing

** November 28, 2017 – KC Superior Court issued Final Order Denying LUPA and SEPA Appeal brought by neighbors to the Cramer/Maple Valley Industries LLC planned marijuana processing facility North of SR 18 and West of the City of Maple Valley.
** March 13, 2018 – Washington Court of Appeals, Division 2, issues decision in Emerald Enterprises v Clark County affirming County’s authority to enact zoning ordinance banning retail sale of marijuana in unincorporated areas (read more to see Published Opinion).

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King County Budget Information

** King County Budgets, current and future, are presented with additional information relevant to the unincorporated rural area.
** The GMVUAC customarily invites the Director of the KC Office of Management and Budget to a Council Meeting to discuss the KC Budget and its impact on rural area services.
** Dwight Dively was the guest speaker at our October 2018 meeting and made a presentation on, and discussed with all the attendees, the KC 2019-20 Biennial Budget.

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2019 GMVUAC Survey/Election

Calendar of Events

2019

The Area Council holds its monthly meeting at the Maple Valley Fire Station #81 (SE corner of SE 231st St & SR-169)

Drop us a line

GMVUAC
PO Box 111
Maple Valley WA 98038

Quick Vote

Should small local breweries and wineries in our rural area be supported by the GMVUAC?

View Results

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Maple Valley

The GMVUAC serves the residents of unincorporated King County living in the Tahoma School District No. 409 (outside the city limits of Maple Valley).  Our Washington nonprofit corporation was established in 1977; we serve a population of 16,100 (2010 Census); and our service area is 116 sq mi.  Below is a map of our Service Area and the four Community Areas:

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