Upcoming Important Events

Jan 22, 2018

UPDATED September 19, 2018

Friday, September 21, 2018, is the deadline for submitting nominations to the Wa DOE for a local organization to be a member of its WRIA 8 (and other WRIAs) WRE Committee (re Hirst legislative fix):  WRIA 8-WREC Nomination Form – ag-enviro-building .  WaDOE expects the Streamflow Restoration Funding Program and Net Ecological Benefit (NEB) guidance will be of interest to entities involved in protecting, restoring, and enhancing streamflows and instream resources. WaDOE would like to hear your input and feedback as it develops these two tools. WaDOE will host six two-hour public workshops in October, with the first hour dedicated to discussing the funding rule, followed by a discussion of the NEB guidance. If you have questions about the rulemaking, please contact Rebecca Inman at 360-407-6450 or Rebecca.Inman@ecy.wa.gov. If you have questions about the NEB guidance, please contact Annie Sawabini at 360-407-6878 or Annie.Sawabini@ecy.wa.gov.  The WaDOE Streamflow Restoration Implementation program lead for the Northwest Regional Office’s Watershed Restoration and Enhancement Committee (WRE Committee) for WRIAs 8 & 9 is Stephanie Potts (stephanie.potts@ecy.wa.gov or 425-649-7138), and for WRIA 7 is Ingria Jones (ingria.jones@ecy.wa.gov or 425-649-4210).

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.

Summary Judgment hearing was held in the KC Franchise Compensation Rule case before Judge Samuel S. Chung, Courtroom W-1060, Seattle Courthouse.  On August 1, 2018, Judge Chung ruled in favor of the special districts and against the County, holding that the County could not impose its Franchise Compensation Rule for use of its right-of-ways.  Visit the Franchise Compensation Rule webpage via our Current Issues box.

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.

Washington Department of Ecology is in the process of preparing a new NPDES waste discharge permit for the John Henry Mine #1 coal mining operation near Black Diamond.  For more information from the Department, please click on this link: WDOE NPDES Permit Notice of Application .  The WDOE Facility Summary website, including the permit renewal application, may be accessed here: WDOE Pacific Coast Coal Company – Facility Summary .  We will give you more information regarding this matter as further information becomes available — please visit our Environment Committee webpage for more information.

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.