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Updated Through October 9, 2019

** King County is updating its Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP) in 2020 to outline the County’s actions on climate change for the next five years. The 2020 SCAP Update will focus on reducing regional greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, preparing for climate change impacts, and supporting resilience in communities disproportionately impacted by climate change.

The County will be updating, revising, and adding to the SCAP to ensure County work continues to achieve regional GHG-emission-reduction goals; identify new opportunities to take action on climate solutions; and create social, economic, and environmental benefits for King County communities.

Throughout 2019 and 2020 King County staff will engage partners and communities to learn about their interests and priorities for County climate action. An updated SCAP will be developed and transmitted by the King County Executive to the King County Council by June 30, 2020.

The SCAP Update will include: (1) Identification of specific goals, strategies, measures, targets and priority actions for county services and operations to reduce emissions consistent with the countywide goals of reducing GHG emissions; (2) Assessment of current climate change impacts in King County; (3) Performance measures and related targets for both operational emissions and implementation of priority strategies; and (4) Assessment of cost effectiveness for key county services and operations.

King County and all its 39 cities have signed a Letter of Intent calling for an 80% reduction in emissions by 2050.

The 2015 SCAP has five Goal Areas: Transportation and Land Use; Buildings and Facilities Energy; Green Building; Consumption and Materials Management; and Forests and Agriculture and a set of Strategies, Measures, Targets under the five Goal Areas.


** On September 30, 2019, the King County Executive transmitted his proposed KCCP Mid-Point Update to the KC Council. The GMVUAC, along with four other Rural Area UACs/UAAs reviewed the Public Review Draft of the Update this past summer and submitted detailed comments on July 31, 2019.

Here is the “Public Comment and Response Report”: On pp. 94-113 please find the Joint King County Rural Area Unincorporated Area Council (UAC)/Unincorporated Area Association (UAA) Comments (LH-side of the page) and the King County Executive’s response and actions taken, thereupon (RH-side of the page).

Here are the King County Executive’s line-by-line recommended changes to this summer’s Public Review Draft.

Here is the KCCP Mid-Point Update master web page, which contains every chapter, section, attachment, etc.

The King County Council’s Mobility and Environment Committee now has the King County Executive’s proposed KCCP Mid-Point Update. The full King County Council has until June 30, 2020, to adopt a final KCCP Mid-Point Update. Currently, the Rural Area UACs/UAAs are reviewing the above materials and will prepare/submit joint comments to the King County Council’s Mobility and Environment Committee.


** On September 16, 2019, the Area Council 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. Detailed Public Comments were prepared on the PSRC’s VISION 2050 Draft Plan and were submitted–see “PSRC VISION 2050” in the Current Issues box.


** The Cramer/Maple Valley Industries, LLC, property west of Maple Valley and north of SR 18 (zoned “I” – Industrial) was sold on or about August 14, 2019, to Dealers Choice, LLC, a Washington Limited Liability Company (created as a “Holding Company”).  This site is being developed under KC Phase I Construction Permit # COMM15-0012  .  Once the site for a possible MJ Processing facility, it may not be such a future use and now depends on the new ownership and its business plans.  The public records regarding the sale of this property and the corporate records for the new owner may be viewed here: Property Sale Docs – Info re Dealers Choice LLC.



More Information On GMVUAC Committee Webpages and Current Issues Box

Detailed information regarding the above and much more, including reports and applications, may be found on our Committee webpages (generally our Growth Management, Environment, and Transportation Committees) and linked from our Current Issues Box.


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