Updated Through October 9, 2019
Established: February 2006
Chair: Peter Rimbos
Vice-Chair: Luke Hansen
Members: Lorraine Blacklock, Ellie Hooman (non-GMVUAC member), Warren Iverson, Bob Keller, Rhys Sterling, and Mike Thompson
Mission: Seek to ensure the State Growth Management Act and all plans derived therefrom preserve the quality of life of Rural Area residents by monitoring potential code, policy, and land-use changes while engaging with policymakers.
Current Task Status: The Committee currently is working on the following issues: Elk Heights Gravel Operation; Maple Valley Market Building Site; Private Exempt Wells; Adult Beverage Ordinance; Neighborhood Business Zoning Code Changes; and Utility Right-of-Way (ROW) Tax–in addition to items listed under “Major Activities” below. For details and status see: Growth Management Committee Task Status–October 2019
Visit our Current Issues section to learn more about the following projects the GMVUAC, through the Growth Management Committee, is working on with and for Rural Area residents:
PSRC VISION 2050
The Committee is the Area Council’s lead on all Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) VISION plans.
In the Fall of 2019 the GMVUAC led a team of King County Rural Area Unincorporated Area Councils (UACs) and Associations (UAAs)—Enumclaw Plateau Community Association (EPCA), Green Valley/Lake Holm Association (GV/LHA), Hollywood Hill Association (HHA), and Upper Bear Creek Unincorporated Area Council (UBCUAC)—in conducting an in-depth review of the PSRC’s draft VISION 2050 Draft Plan. On July 19, 2019, PSRC released its Draft VISION 2050 Plan with a 60-day Public Comment period through September 17, 2019. Detailed Public Comments (UACs/UAAs Joint Comment Letter on PSRC’s VISION 2050 Draft Plan) were prepared on the PSRC’s VISION 2050 Draft Plan and were submitted on September 16, 2019.
In the Spring of 2019 the GMVUAC led a team of King County Rural Area UACs and UAAs in conducting an in-depth review of the draft VISION 2050 Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS). Detailed Public Comments (UACs/UAAs Joint Comment Letter on PSRC’s draft VISION 2050 SEIS) were prepared on the PSRC’s VISION 2050 SEIS that were submitted on April 29, 2019.
Please see more PSRC VISION 2050 information under our Home page’s “Current Issues” listings.
King County Comprehensive Plan
The Committee is the Area Council’s lead on all King County Comprehensive Plan (KCCP) efforts, including all Major Updates (every 8 years when the entire document is reviewed and subject to change, with the next update in 2024), Mid-Point Reviews (every 4 years, with the next review in 2020), and Annual Changes through the Docket process. Please see the KCCP page (accessed through the top-level menu above) for more details and schedules. On February 15, 2019, the GMVUAC along with four other Rural Area organizations (EPCA, GV/LHA, HHA, and UBCUAC) submitted a joint set of comments to the King County Council on the Executive’s Scoping Document: UACs/UAAs Joint Comment Letter on Scoping. On July 31, 2019, the GMVUAC, again, with four other Rural Area organizations submitted a joint set of comments to King County Council on the Executive’s Public Review Draft (PRD): UACs/UAAs Joint Comment Letter on PRD.
The Committee spearheaded the Area Council effort to work with other unincorporated area councils and associations to prepare and submit detailed comments to King County on proposed Ordinance 2018-0153 Comprehensive Planning and Subarea Planning Restructure to extend the timing between major KCCP updates and modify the Subarea Plan cycles. See Area Council correspondence (KCCP Process Changes–Cover Letter (08 30 2018) and KCCP Process Changes–Comments (08 30 2018)). On October 29, 2018, the King County Council approved the annual update to the King County Comprehensive Plan Update. The approved Update addressed many of the concerns expressed by the Area Council and other unincorporated area councils and associations, For more detailed information, please click on the following link: 2018 KC Comprehensive Plan Update
During annual KCCP updates a Docket Item process is used whereby “minor” changes can be proposed. The committee prepared and the full Area Council approved and submitted a set of comments on a 2018 Docket Item request to rezone to Industrial land along SR-169 and the Cedar River not far from Cedar Grove Rd: D.I. #4 Comments This Docket Item (now labeled #3) was rejected by King County in its December 2018 Docket Report citing some of the rationale the Area Council used in its recommendation to reject it.
The Committee has led the following efforts for the Area Council:
Adult Beverage Ordinance – Combined Rural Area UAC/Association Cover Letter (2018)
Adult Beverage Ordinance – Combined Rural Area UAC/Association Comments (2018)
PSRC VISION 2050 (2018)
King County Sammamish Valley Wine & Beverage Study (2017)
Reserve Silica Land Segregation, Rezone, & Water Banking Applications (2017)
Asphalt Facility (2017)
King County Comprehensive Plan Updates (2016, 2012, 2008, & 2004)
Marijuana Growing and Processing Operations (2016 & 2015)
Isolated Industrial Zones in Rural Area (2014)
Urban-Serving Facilities in Rural Area (2014 & 2013)
Covington Master-Planned Development (2014 & 2013)
Enumclaw-Tahoma School Districts Boundary (2013)
School Siting Legislation (2012)
Pacific Raceways (2012 & 2011)
Black Diamond Master-Planned Developments (2011-1, 2011-2, 2011-3, & 2010)
King County Code Amendments (2010)
[For more information on any of these efforts, please visit the Letters page under the Correspondence tab.]
External Links (see also GMVUAC King County and Links webpages): Links to key agency sites, planning documents, and reports of interest.
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:
2018/2019 GMVUAC Newspaper Articles
* Tahoma SD
* Cedar Hills Landfill Exp'n
* New Members
* KC Local Services/Planning
* Reg/Local Priorities
* W/S Restor/Enhanc
* Dept of Local Services
* RS/Landsb Cleanup
* Adult Bev Bus's
* Tahoma SD
* Reserve Silica
* Issaquah-Hobart Rd
* KC 2019-20 Budget
* Private Wells
* John Henry Coal Mine
* GMVUAC Committees
* Precinct Commander
* Reserve Silica Cleanup
* Dept of Local Services
* Critical Planning Rev
* KC Solid Waste Plan
* Sheriff / TSD