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

  • October 3, 2022 — Agenda TBD; Zoom TBD
  • September 12, 2022 — Agenda; Zoom

 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, October 3, 2022, the Area Council will hold it next 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 Speaker will be King County Assessor, John Wilson. As a hybrid meeting, people will be able to attend either in-person or virtually via Zoom.

On Monday, September 12, 2022, (the second Monday of the month due to the Labor Day Holiday which fell on the first Monday) the Area Council held its regular monthly meeting at the King County Sheriff’s Precinct in Maple Valley. Topics discussed were: King County Conservation Futures Levy; 2024 King County Comprehensive Plan (KCCP) Update; and Public Relations and Recruiting new Members and Associate Members. For an article summarizing the meeting please click on “9/22–Conserve Our Futures” in the Newspaper Articles box or go to the “Correspondence” drop-down menu and click on “Monthly Articles” and select “2022.” 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 September 3, 2022, the Joint Team of ten Rural Area Unincorporated Area Councils / Unincorporated Area Associations / Organizations, coordinated by the Area Council, submitted to KCCP Manager, Chris Jensen, its first set of Proposed Changes that deal with the Rural Area and Natural Resource Lands. These address: Rural Densities and Development, specifically, Nonresidential Uses; Rural Public Facilities & Services; and Rural Commercial Centers, specifically, Non-Resource Industrial Uses and Development Standards.

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Adult Beverage Ordinance

On June 28, 2022, the King County Council voted to re-refer the proposed Adult Beverage Ordinance (ABO) to its Local Services and Land-Use Committee. It also proposed an Ordinance that would place a one-year moratorium on applications for: 1) the establishment of new or expansion of existing wineries, breweries, distilleries; 2) remote tasting rooms, as primary uses or as home occupations or home industries; and 3) prohibiting temporary use permits for wineries, breweries, distilleries and remote tasting room.

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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

  • October 3, 2022 — Agenda TBD; Zoom TBD
  • September 12, 2022 — Agenda; Zoom

 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: