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.

 

Puget Sound Regional Council VISION 2050 (p.40):

“Rural Areas are expected to retain important cultural, economic, and rural lifestyle opportunities in the region over the long term. They are not intended to be served with urban services or accommodate a significant amount of residential or employment growth. VISION 2050 calls for reduced rural population growth rates in all counties. Counties are encouraged to plan for even lower growth—where possible—than contained in the Regional Growth Strategy.”

 

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GMVUAC Monthly Meetings

Mondays

 7:00 – 9:30 PM at the Hobart Church (NW corner of SE 200th St and the Issaquah-Hobart Rd); Also virtually via Zoom

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GMVUAC
PO Box 111
Maple Valley WA 98038

King County Volunteer Program

Volunteer Opportunities

Including Parks, Trails, Cleanups

Announcements

Public Survey

The GMVUAC’s 2022 Public survey is now available. Click on read more to find out more about the survey, about the area council and access the survey.

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Monthly Meetings

On Monday, May 2, 2022, 7 – 9:30 PM, the Area Council held its regular monthly meeting at the Hobart Church. For an article that summarizes the meeting please see the “2021/2022 GMVUAC Newspaper Articles” box on this page. All monthly meetings are now hybrid: in-person and on Zoom. As the meeting date approaches, please see “GMVUAC Monthly Meetings” box for Agenda and Zoom info. All monthly meetings are held on the first non-Holiday Monday of the month.

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2024 KCCP Major Update

On April 22 a joint team of eight Rural Area Unincorporated Area Councils / Unincorporated Area Associations / Organizations submitted detailed Comments to the King County Council’s Local Services and Land-Use Committee on the King County Executive’s recommended Scope for the 2024 KCCP Major 8-Year Update to be discussed at its April 26 meeting.

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2022 PSRC RTP Update

On February 25, 2022, the Area Council, through its Joint Transportation Initiative (JTI), submitted Comments on the Puget Sound Regional Council’s draft 2022 Regional Transportion Plan (RTP) Update. JTI led a team of King County Rural Area UACs/UAAs/Organizations (EPCA, FofSV, GRC, GV/LHA, HHA, SCAR, UBCUAC) to review the draft RTP and prepare detailed comments.

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News

Asphalt Facility

On April 14, 2022, the King County Department of Local Services–Permitting Division approved Lakeside Industry’s development and shoreline permits (see: https://kingcounty.gov/depts/local-services/permits/public-notices.aspx).

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2021 CPP Update

On April 6, 2022, the 2021 Countywide Planning Policies (CPPs) were ratified by the cities and towns in King County following the King County Council’s approval in December 2021. The CPPs (https://kingcounty.gov/~/media/depts/executive/performance-strategy-budget/regional-planning/CPPs/2021-CPPs-Adopted-and-Ratified.ashx?la=en) provide a countywide vision and serve as the guiding principles and policies for all Comprehensive Planning in King County (County, City, and Special-Purpose District), as well as County and City Zoning Codes. Since mid 2020 the Area Council led a team of Rural Area UACs and UAAs (Unincorporated Area Associations) in a complete review of multiple drafts and preparation of detailed written comments.

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Cedar Hills Regional Landfill

On March 22, 2022, the King County Dept. of Natural Resources–Solid Waste Division issued a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on its Cedar Hills Regional Landfill 2020 Site Development Plan and Facilities Relocation. The FEIS includes changes to the September 2020 Draft EIS (DEIS) based on new information learned, and comments received, as well as responses to comments submitted on the draft EIS. As part of State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) requirements, the Final EIS contains a Responsiveness Summary (Appendix M), which provides the public with responses from the Solid Waste Division to all the questions and comments that were received during the public comment period for the Draft EIS. Please visit the project website to review the FEIS documents.

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Adult Beverage Ordinance

On January 3, 2022, the WA State Growth Management Hearing Board (GMHB) unanimously reaffirmed its invalidation of the Adult Beverage Ordinance (ABO) in its Final Decision and Order. The GMHB concluded the ABO failed to comply with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and the State Growth Management Act (GMA). The GMHB also made a finding of invalidity, meaning that development applications for adult beverage uses, such as tasting rooms or event centers, cannot be approved until a new ordinance that complies with state law is adopted by the county.

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GMVUAC Monthly Meetings

Mondays

 7:00 – 9:30 PM at the Hobart Church (NW corner of SE 200th St and the Issaquah-Hobart Rd); Also virtually via Zoom

Drop us a line

Ask a question or express your interest:

GMVUAC
PO Box 111
Maple Valley WA 98038

Greater 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: