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

2021

  • Monday, May 3 — VIRTUAL
  • Monday, Jun 7
  • Monday, Jul 12
  • Monday, Aug 2
  • Monday, Sep 13
  • Monday, Oct 4
  • Monday, Nov 1
  • Monday, Dec 6

7:00 – 9:30 PM, MV Fire Station (SE corner of SE 231st St & SR-169)

Rural Area Unincorporated Area Councils (UACs) and Associations (UAAs) and Organizations

The GMVUAC often works with these organizations on County-wide issues.

 

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Ask a question or express your interest:

GMVUAC
PO Box 111
Maple Valley WA 98038

King County Volunteer Program

Volunteer Opportunities

Including Parks, Trails, Cleanups

Announcements

May 2021 Meeting

** The Area Council will hold its next regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 3, 2021, from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM. This will be another virtual meeting held through Zoom.  Our Guest Speaker will be Rory O’Rourke, Health and Environmental Investigator in the Environmental Health Services Division of Public Health – Seattle & King County, who will discuss both the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill and Cedar Grove Compost.

*****DUE TO CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY, FACE-TO-FACE MEETINGS ARE CANCELLED AND WILL BE HELD REMOTELY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE*****

** When meetings begin again they will be held on the first Monday of the month (2nd Monday in case of a Holiday) at 7 – 9:30 PM; Maple Valley Fire Station #81–SE corner of SE 231st St & SR-169.
** Meetings usually have Guest speakers from various local, county, or state agencies. Other local issues of importance also are discussed.
** Future topics and guest speakers will be posted as information becomes available.

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Area Council Membership or Participation

Your Area Council serves as an all-volunteer, locally recognized advisory body to King County on behalf of all rural unincorporated area residents living in the Tahoma School District. The Area Council’s Vision Statement is:

“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.”

The twelve-seat Area Council currently has three open seats. If you have an interest in joining please send an e-mail to: info@gmvuac.org or attend a monthly meeting and express your interest.

Citizens who are not members of the Area Council or do not live within the Tahoma School District still are eligible to join and serve on any of the Area Council’s three major subject-matter Committees: Environment, Growth Management, or Transportation, as well as the Ad Hoc Economic, Public Relations, and Train Show Committees. The Area Council welcomes your participation. For information on each of these committees please see the Area Council’s web site: www.gmvuac.org and use the drop-down menu under Committees. Thank you.

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News

Countywide Planning Policies

The Countywide Planning Policies (CPPs) 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.On March 10, 2021, members of Rural Area UACs and UAAs submitted joint detailed comments on a matrix showing existing CPP policies with proposed changes and rationale for same (e.g., Policy Matrix) released by the KECO: Cover Letter and Policy Matrix Markup. Subsequently a Principle/Policy Mapping Table was submitted to provide correlation between a set of Rural Area principles and policy comments. On March 24 King County Executive Staff held a virtual meeting with the Rural Area joint team to discuss and understand all its submitted comments. On April 6, 2021, the Public Review Draft (PRD) was released with a 30-day comment period to May 5, 2021: CPP Update PRD. The Area Council again is leading a team of Rural Area UACs and UAAs in a complete review and preparation of detailed comments.

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Cedar Hills Regional Landfill

On September 16, 2020, King County’s Solid Waste Division issued a Notice of Availability, Notice of Online Open House, and Request for Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), for the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill 2020 Site Development Plan and Facilities Relocation. Please visit the project website to review the Draft EIS documents. The GMVUAC submitted a detailed set of Comments on the Draft EIS CHRLF Site Development Plan on October 30, 2020, to King County’s Solid Waste Division. On February 8, 2021, the Area Council gave a Presentation to the Maple Valley City Council on King County’s potential future options for CHRLF closure or extension.

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Asphalt Facility

Lakeside Industries, Inc. (LI) has proposed to King County DLS-Permitting (DLS-P) to move its Asphalt facility, currently located in the City of Covington along SR-18 at SE 256th St to a site along SR-169 (in close proximity to the Cedar River):  18825 SE Renton-Maple Valley Rd. Currently, DLS-P and LI continue to exchange questions and answers. On October 13, 2020 the GMVUAC submitted its formal Rebuttal to LI’s August 27, 2020, Response to both Public and King County comments.

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GMVUAC Monthly Meetings

2021

  • Monday, May 3 — VIRTUAL
  • Monday, Jun 7
  • Monday, Jul 12
  • Monday, Aug 2
  • Monday, Sep 13
  • Monday, Oct 4
  • Monday, Nov 1
  • Monday, Dec 6

7:00 – 9:30 PM, MV Fire Station (SE corner of SE 231st St & SR-169)

Drop us a line

Ask a question or express your interest:

GMVUAC
PO Box 111
Maple Valley WA 98038

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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