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.

Calendar of Events

2018

The Area Council holds its monthly meeting at the Maple Valley Fire Station (SE corner of SE 231st St & SR-169)

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GMVUAC
PO Box 111
Maple Valley WA 98038

2017 GMVUAC Survey

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Announcements

October 2018 Meeting

The Area Council will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, October 1, from 7:00 to 9:30 PM at the Maple Valley Fire Station–SE corner of SE 231st St & SR-169. We will have as our guest speaker Dwight Dively, Director, King County Office of Management and Budget, to present and discuss with us the King County 2019/20 Biennial Budget and its impact on our rural area and services. The Area Council will discuss other local issues of importance. Future Council Meetings and planned topics and guest speakers are presented as information becomes available. We invite you to visit our various Committee and informational webpages to see all in which your Council is and has been involved. Get to know your Council by reading a short biography of each current member.

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Upcoming Important Events

Friday, September 21, is the deadline for submitting to WaDOE nominations for its WRIA 8 WRE Committee re Hirst legislative fix; also, WaDOE has scheduled several statewide workshops re funding and NEB rulemaking. King County has now created a new Department of Local Services. Ruckelshaus Center is sponsoring workshops on possible updates to the GMA, SMA, SEPA, and more. Washington Department of Ecology is in the process of preparing a renewal of the NPDES waste discharge permit for the John Henry Mine #1 coal mine near Black Diamond. King County Council is amending its Comprehensive Plan Ordinance and moving to an 8-year major update cycle. The State Department of Ecology is implementing a public participation initiative regarding the Reserve Silica MTCA cleanup program.

CURRENT ISSUES: See Current Issues box for timely information regarding the Asphalt Facility, Reserve Silica, and much more.

READ MORE: For additional details and links regarding and relating to all of the above and much more.

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Franchise Compensation Rule Update

IMPORTANT NOTE: King County adopted the Final Franchise Compensation Rule effective January 29, 2018. King County and numerous Special Purpose Districts/Water Associations are currently engaged in litigation to determine the validity and/or applicability of this new Rule. King County Superior Court Case No. 18-2-02238-0. Summary Judgment hearing resulted in Court ruling in favor of special districts and against County, holding that the County could not impose the fee for use of its right-of-ways. Specific information, including links to agency reports and applications, is available on this website in the Current Issues box.

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News

Comprehensive and GMVCR CSA Plan Updates

Ruckelshaus Center is sponsoring workshops on possible updates to the GMA, SMA, SEPA, and more. King County is proposing to conduct major updates to its Comprehensive Plan every eight years rather than its current four year cycle. Annual updates for technical corrections to the Plan may be requested pursuant to the Docket Process. The County will also be working on an update to the Greater Maple Valley-Cedar River Community Service Area (CSA) Subarea Plan. GMVUAC extensively reviews and offers comments on all of the foregoing processes, projects, and programs. Please Read More for details.

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New KC Department of Local Services

Note that legislation passed the KC Council on September 17, 2018, to create a new DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL SERVICES that replaces DPER and integrates into it various other programs and departments. Read More for further information and links.

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Marijuana Processing and Growing

March 13, 2018 – Washington Court of Appeals, Division 2, issues decision in Emerald Enterprises v Clark County affirming County’s authority to enact zoning ordinance banning retail sale of marijuana in unincorporated areas. Read more to see Published Opinion.

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King County Budget Information

King County Budgets, current and future, are presented with additional information relevant to the unincorporated rural area.
The GMVUAC customarily invites the Director of the KC Office of Management and Budget to a Council Meeting to discuss the KC Budget and its impact on rural area services. To discuss the KC 2019-20 Biennial Budget, Dwight Dively is scheduled as the guest speaker at our October 2018 meeting.

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2017 GMVUAC Survey

Calendar of Events

2018

The Area Council holds its monthly meeting at the Maple Valley fire station (SE corner of SE 231st St & SR-169)

Drop us a line

GMVUAC
PO Box 111
Maple Valley WA 98038

Quick Vote

Do you favor the start up of coal mining at the John Henry #1 Mine north of Black Diamond?

View Results

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Maple Valley

We serve the residents of unincorporated King County living in the Tahoma School District No. 409 (outside the city limits of Maple Valley -- below is a map of the GMVUAC Service Area and the four Community Areas):

Service Area Stats

Established: 1977
Population: 16,100 (2010 Census)
Area: 116 sq mi