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 King County Sheriff’s Precinct #3 located at 22300 SE 231st St, across from the Fire Station, in Maple Valley; 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, February 6, 2023, the Area Council will hold its regular monthly meeting from 7 – 9:30 PM at the King County Sheriff’s Precinct #3 at 22300 SE 231st St in Maple Valley. Our Guest Speakers will be the King County Department of Natural Resources & Parks, Solid Waste Division Director, Pat McLaughlin, and Andy Smith, Recycling and Environmental Services Manager. 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 information.

On Monday, January 9, 2023, the Area Council held its regular monthly meeting. Our Guest Speaker was Jacqueline Reid, King County Subarea Planner, who discussed the upcoming Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River (GMV/CR) Community Service Area (CSA) Subarea Plan. The Area Council territory makes up most of the GMV/CR CSA, so this will be the Subarea Plan for our local area. For an article summarizing the meeting please click on “* 1/23—Subarea Planning” in the 2023/2022 GMVUAC Monthly Meeting Articles box or go to the “Correspondence” drop-down menu and click on “Monthly Articles” and select “2023.”

All monthly meetings are held on the first non-Holiday Monday of the month.

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2024 KCCP Major Update

On January 27, 2023, the Joint Team (ten Rural Area Unincorporated Area Councils / Unincorporated Area Associations / Organizations, coordinated by the Area Council), submitted to KCCP Manager, Chris Jensen, Joint Team Proposed Changes–KCCP 2024 Major Update–Title 21A32–TUPs.

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Adult Beverage Ordinance

On November 22, 2022, the King County Council passed an Ordinance declaring a one-year moratorium prohibiting the acceptance of applications for the establishment of new or expansion of existing wineries, breweries, distilleries and remote tasting rooms, as primary or accessory uses or as home occupations or home industries; and prohibiting temporary use permits for wineries, breweries, distilleries and remote tasting room; and establishing a work plan to evaluate the next steps for the regulations regarding these uses.

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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). Members of the Public have submitted a Land-Use Petition to Superior Court arguing against this decision calling for either preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement or additional mitigation to address the environmental impacts.

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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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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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GMVUAC Monthly Meetings

Mondays

  • February 6, 2023 — Agenda; Zoom
  • March 6, 2023 — TBD

 7:00 – 9:30 PM at the King County Sheriff’s Precinct #3 located at 22300 SE 231st St, across from the Fire Station, in Maple Valley; 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: