Upcoming Important Events

Jan 22, 2018

UPDATED November 9, 2018

King County is performing a periodic review of its Shoreline Master Program (SMP), as required by the Washington State Shoreline Management Act. The review ensures the SMP is consistent with changes in state law. King County is also proposing regulatory changes for net pens and evaluating how to address increased risks and hazards related to sea level rise. To learn more, visit the SMP website where you can learn more, review proposed changes, and make comments: KC Shorelines Program.  There will also be a public meeting where you can learn more information and make comments. The meeting is scheduled for:  November 17;  10 am – 12 pm;  Vashon Island High School; 9600 SW 204th St, Vashon, WA 98070.  Please see the Postcard Notice for additional information on how you may submit comments. Comments must be submitted by November 30, 2018. This may be the only notification you receive about this process.

Information is available re the Erickson Logging/Fred Wagner — Ravensdale Reclamation trench filling grading permit GRDE18-0114.  Please visit our King County Links webpage or go directly to the King County Public Notices website to obtain relevant information regarding this project and many more:  KC Public Notices re New Applications .  Grading permit application is separately online at:  Ravensdale Reclamation – Special Interest Project .  This material is also available from our GMVUAC website –> King County Links –> KC DPER Projects of Special Interest –> click on Ravensdale Reclamation project in the NOTES column on right side.  Michael and Donna Brathovde prepared detailed comments of the Grading Permit Application and SEPA Checklist for this proposal and submitted them to KC DPER; with the express written permission of the Brathovdes given to GMVUAC on October 19, 2018, their comment letters may be read here: GRDE18-0114 Brathovde Comments   Brathovde SEPA Comments .  The GMVUAC submitted a letter to KC DPER supporting the Brathovdes’ comments which may be read here: Erickson Comment Ltr – GMVUAC  .

Visit our GMVUAC Current Issues Box and click on “KC Solid Waste Plan” for more information regarding the Update to the KC Solid Waste Management Plan (addresses future projections and continued operation of the Cedar Hills Landfill).

In 2015, Washington State legislators asked the William D. Ruckelshaus Center (Center), to design a process for a comprehensive and collaborative look at the Growth Management Act (GMA). To gauge support for this effort and identify an appropriate scope, the Center conducted a Pre-Assessment from October 2016 through June 2017. The Pre-Assessment consisted of a series of conversations with individuals from dozens of groups, organizations, tribal, state, and local governments. Based on input from the parties, the Center recommended a process to: (1) articulate a vision of a desired future for Washington, and (2) examine the planning framework that provides the path to reach that desired future. The growth planning framework in Washington includes the Growth Management Act, the Shoreline Management Act, the State Environmental Policy Act and other laws, institutions and policies. The Legislature responded to the pre-assessment by allocating funds to the Center for a two year project to create a “Road Map to Washington’s Future.” The budget proviso outlined a scope, schedule, and general process for the project. The purpose of the project is to articulate a vision of Washington’s desired future and identify additions, revisions, or clarifications to the state’s growth management framework of laws, institutions, and policies needed to reach that future.  An overview of this program (as a MS .doc file) with resource links may be accessed here: Ruckelshaus Center Workshops-Road Map to Washington’s Future .  The program website may be directly accessed via this link: A Road Map to Washington’s Future – Ruckelshaus Center .

King County Council is amending its Comprehensive Plan Ordinance and moving to an 8-year major update cycle.  Committee proposed changes to the Executive-proposed Ordinance are under consideration and will be introduced and acted on by the full King County Council in September and October.  The proposed Ordinance is File No. 2018-0153 and a comparison of the Executive’s proposal and the Committee’s striker may be viewed here: Proposed Ordinance 2018_0153_with Striker Comparison .  More information on this legislative process is presented on our Home Page News section under the title “Comprehensive and GMVCR CSA Plan Updates”.

King County Parks and Recreation will be thinning trees at Henry’s Ridge Open Space in August to improve the health of the forest. The project will take approximately one month, and operations will occur 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Limited trail closures will occur and will be clearly marked.

On June 14, 2018, the KC DNRP issued the following public notice regarding to its issuance of certain documents relating to its Programmatic Permit for Backcountry Trail Non-project Action:  “King County issued a Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) for the Programmatic Permit for Backcountry Trail Non-project Action. View these documents here:  SEPA DNSSEPA ChecklistFinal Draft of Programmatic (Grading) Permit .” Contact: Kelly Heintz, Natural Resources Land Planner; King County Parks and Recreation Division; 201 South Jackson Street, Room 700; Seattle, WA 98104; 206-477-7372 (SEPA); KCParks.SEPA@kingcounty.gov .  Read more on our Environment Committee webpage.

King County Parks has issued the Draft Black Diamond Area Stewardship Plan for public review and comment. To read more about this program and to review the plan, please visit this website: Draft Black Diamond Area Stewardship Plan .  The GMVUAC previously submitted comments on its review of the proposed plan scope on February 14, 2017 — read our letter here: BD Stewardship Plan – GMVUAC Comments .  Our formal comment letter on the Draft Plan may be read here: DRAFT BDS Plan – GMVUAC Comments .  Read more on our Environment Committee webpage.

Information regarding the creation of a new Department of Local Services may be read and accessed in the NEWS portion of our home webpage (in the “New KC Department of Local Services” section), and all residents are encouraged to review the information and links that more fully describe this new department.

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.