Upcoming Important Events
Updated Through May 17, 2019
Public Health – Seattle & King County Health Services Survey
Through June 7, the PH-S&KC is conducting an online survey regarding the various health services it provides to the public that is part of its 5 year rate study. Please take the survey by clicking here: PH-S&KC Health Services Survey.
King County Solid Waste Division Recruiting Member(s) For Its SWAC
The King County Solid Waste Division is inviting residents in the vicinity of the Cedar Hills Landfill to submit an application to be considered for membership on the County’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee. More information and links are provided here: KC SWAC Invitation.
BPA Announces Vegetation Management Plan For MVTL#1
The Sammamish-Maple Valley and Monroe-Novelty Hill transmission lines were returned to BPA (Bonneville Power Administration) in August 2018 after the end of a 50-year lease. The two transmission lines are undergoing improvements through reintegration projects to bring them in line with BPA’s safety, reliability and cost management standards. As part of its 2018-2023 Strategic Plan, BPA is employing industry best practices to continue to meet customer needs efficiently and responsively by providing safe and reliable transmission. The reintegration projects include: (a) Transmission tower hardware replacements; (b) Right-of-way (ROW) safety and reliability inspections; and (c) Danger tree trimming/clearing for ROW vegetation management. For more information, please visit the BPA website at: BPA Transmission Line Reintegration. A map of the BPA Transmission Line Vegetation Management area may be viewed here (1 MB pdf): 201902-Project-Overview-Veg-Mgmt-BPA-Work-Area.
2019 KCSO Community Police Academy
The King County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for its 2019 Community Police Academy. Space is limited, so it’s first-come-first-served. Information and application materials may be viewed and downloaded here: KCSO-CPAapp2019 rev.form KCSO-2019CPAFLYER KCSO-2019 PoliceAcademyPressRelease
Wine and Beverage Industry – Proposed Zoning Code Changes
The King County Council is considering major amendments to the Zoning Code regarding the continued operation of small wineries and breweries in the rural area. Presently this proposed legislation is in the KCC’s Planning, Rural Service and Environment Committee. Please use the following link to visit the PRSEC’s main webpage: KC Council’s PRSE Committee’s Webpage . The detailed legislative history for File No. 2018-0241 may be accessed here: File No. 2018-0241 Legislative Details . Concerned public should read the existing Zoning Code, the proposed legislation, and the PRSEC’s Chair Striker in light of the recent KC Hearing Examiner’s decision in the Four Horsemen Brewery code enforcement appeal issued October 3, 2018, that addresses compliance of rural area breweries and tasting rooms with the existing Zoning Code provisions relating to Home Occupations. By joint letter dated November 9, 2018, the GMVUAC together with the Upper Bear Creek UAC (UBCUAC) and Hollywood Hill Association (HHA) offered comments on the underlying Sammamish Valley Wine and Beverage Study and on the proposed Code amendments ( RA UAC Adult Beverage Comment Ltr ; FoSV Proposed Ordinance Review Matrix); however, the GMVUAC is also considering this proposed legislation, including the proposed Chair Striker, in light of additional information now available, including the Hearing Examiner’s Four Horsemen Brewery decision.
Department of Ecology MTCA Public Participation Program
The GMVUAC has applied to the WaDOE for financial assistance under its Public Participation Grant (PPG) Program for technical support and public outreach related to the MTCA Cleanup Projects in our service area (Reserve Silica and Landsburg Mine Sites). The PPG Program provides funding that enables community organizations to participate in the cleanup process. This often includes resources for hiring the expertise needed to provide technical review and input. We will keep you advised as to any decisions made by the WaDOE and GMVUAC. The GMVUAC submitted comments on December 7, 2018, regarding the Department’s draft Agreed Order and Public Participation Plan relating to the Reserve Silica Mine Site MTCA Cleanup project; read the Council’s comment letter here: Comment Ltr–RS Agreed Order .
Erickson Logging/Fred Wagner Ravensdale Reclamation Trench Filling Project
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 .
King County Solid Waste Management Plan Update
On Wednesday, March 20th, at 10:30 AM, the King County Council will meet at New Life Church in Renton, 15711 – 152nd Ave SE, to hear from area residents on the proposed expansion of the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill as proposed in the draft Solid Waste Comprehensive Plan and the Final Environmental Impact Statement that was issued on March 7, 2019. According to KC Council Member Reagan Dunn, “the King County Council will vote on the draft Solid Waste Comprehensive Plan that extends the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill operations within the next couple weeks.” 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).
WSU Ruckelshaus Center Washington’s Future Program
The WSU Ruckelshaus Center has created an online survey in order to understand how current growth management programs align with, create barriers to, and/or support the desired future of the communities they are meant to serve. Broad based input is needed in order for the project team to better understand what communities across the state desire for Washington’s future, what communities care about and have challenges about, and to reflect what is unique and important about different regions of the state. Final Report — the information gathered from workshops and the survey will be used to inform the Center’s recommendations about what may need to change to improve the state’s planning framework to best serve the desired future. The report will be posted to the Center’s website. The project is expected to be completed by the end of June 2019.
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 .
KC Comprehensive Plan Update Process
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” and also in the menu item titled “KC Comprehensive Plan”. The County is planning on conducting six (6) Public Open Houses in early July 2019 to present and discuss its draft KCCP mid-point update.
KC DNRP Backcountry Trails Program
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 DNS ; SEPA Checklist ; Final 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.
KC DNRP Black Diamond Area Stewardship Plan
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.
New King County Department of Local Services
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. John Taylor, DLS Director, was the GMVUAC’s guest speaker at its April 1, 2019, meeting.
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.