2020 KCCP Mid-Point Update

Updated Through July 31, 2019

KING COUNTY PROPOSES MAJOR CHANGES TO COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

King County has published its Public Review Draft (PRD) amendments to the Comprehensive Plan:  2020 KCCP Public Review Draft Website.  These amendments propose to make substantial and significant changes to the policies applicable to the rural area. On July 31, 2019, an Area Council-led effort of all King County Rural Area UACs and UAAs submitted Detailed Comments to King County on its PRD.

The King County Comprehensive Plan (KCCP) is required under the State’s Growth Management Act (GMA). It that guides residential, commercial, and industrial development and growth and zoning in our rural area. King County conducts Major Updates, Mid-Point Reviews, and Annual Updates.

As part of these recent changes King County has decided that for the interim fourth year of the 8-year major update cycle there will be a “Mid-Point Review.” The process for the 2020 “Mid-Point Review” started with the King County Executive transmitting a Scoping Document (i.e., Scope of Work) to the King County Council on January 2, 2019. 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.

The process for the 2020 KCCP “Mid-Point Review” continues as follows:

  • February 28, 2019 – Deadline for King County Council adoption of Scope of Work
  • July 1, 2019 – Executive releases a Public Review Draft (PRD) with a 30-day public comment period. Ivan Miller, King County Comprehensive Planning Manager, is planning to hold six Public Open Houses (one will be in the southend–location TBD) to discuss the 2020 KCCP 4-yr Mid-Point Update Public Review Draft (PRD), which will consist of (1) a draft Ordinance showing proposed changes to King County Code using a strikethrough format; and (2) the proposed KCCP changes.  The Public Open Houses will be ~2 hours long and include: (a) opening meet and greet with KC people at multiple tables with information about the PRD (much like the Annual CSA Meetings at the Hobart Church); (b) presentation by Mr Miller with Q & A; and (c) more time for mingling around the KC tables with more specific questions.
  • September 30, 2019 – Executive transmits the Executive Recommended Plan to the County Council
  • June 30, 2020 – Deadline for Council adoption of 2020 Comprehensive Plan

The Area Council plans to again work with other Rural Area organizations to conduct an in-depth review on the PRD and develop and submit a joint set of detailed comments to the King County Executive’s Office in the Summer of 2019.  Finally, the Area Council will review the King County Executive’s Recommended Plan in the Fall of 2019 and submit detailed comments to the King County Council by the end of 2019.

 

 

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