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, MV Fire Station (SE corner of SE 231st St & SR-169)

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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

Monthly Meetings

** The Area Council holds regular monthly meetings on the first non-Holiday Monday of the month. Please see “GMVUAC Monthly Meetings” box for Agenda and Zoom info.

*****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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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.
** Our 22nd Annual Train Show, held on October 19-20, 2019, drew over 780 family members and friends — THANK YOU!

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News

Asphalt Facility

Fall 2021 — King County Dept. of Local Services–Permitting Division continues to revciew LI’s permit application and documents since submitted. NO PERMITS HAVE BEEN ISSUED.

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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Cedar Hills Regional Landfill

Fall 2021 — King County Dept. of Natural Resources–Solid Waste Division has yet to issue a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on its Cedar Hills Regional Landfill 2020 Site Development Plan and Facilities Relocation.

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. On April 21, 2021, the King County Solid Waste Division held a virtual Public Meeting–a summary can be found in our May Monthly Meeting Article under Articles (2021 box) under the Correspondence drop-down menu.

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John Henry Coal Mine

On July 1, 2021, Pacific Coast Coal Company (PCCC) agreed to a legal settlement with Puget Soundkeeper requiring permanent closure of the John Henry Number 1 Coal Mine.

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Unincorporated Area Road Levy Lid Lift

King County Roads Division has proposed an Unincorporated Road Levy Lid Lift , since funding is not keeping pace, resulting in forecasted reduction in service levels and growing unmet-need Revenues. The existing Roads Levy can only increase at 1% per year (plus new construction). Gas tax proceeds are flat and expected to decline in the long term. Needed expenditures are many due to aging infrastructure; increasing operating and capital costs; and inflation. The 6-year levy lid lift as a short-term funding option that, if approved by the King County Council would go to unincorporated area voters this November.

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GMVUAC Monthly Meetings

Mondays

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

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:

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