Vision Statement: Our community's Rural Character will be supported by facilitating strong local ties and communication between the public, organizations, and government; promoting locally owned businesses and supporting quality education; protecting the environment, and maintaining landowners' rights and responsibilities; promoting controlled and well-planned growth with appropriate infrastructure; ensuring proper representation for rural interests and needs; and supporting the health and safety and the privacy of our vibrant community.
KC Comp Plan
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About the Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council
The Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council (GMVUAC) is an all-volunteer, locally elected advisory body to the King County Council. All members reside in the unincorporated portion of Tahoma School District #409 (see Service Area Map). The Area Council represents and advocates with King County, state officials, and other organizations for our unincorporated area's citizens' interests. Regular meetings occur on the first Monday of each month. (Read more ....)
The Area Council will hold its regular monthly meeting on Monday, February 6 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Maple Valley fire station (SE corner of intersection of SE 231st St & SR-169).
All members of the public are invited to attend. During the Public Comment period at the start of each meeting, members of the public can address the Area Council on any local issue.
Unincorporated Area Budget Excerpts
King County has completed its major update to its Comprehensive Plan (KCCP).
Every fourth year a major review of the plan is conducted. The 2016 four-year cycle began in Feb 2015 and the Area Council was involved in all reviews and has submitted detailed comments on nearly every chapter and appendix.
Please see our KC Comp Plan page which describes the process followed, along with all links to all Area Council comments.
Marijuana Processing and Growing
There have been three proposed Marijuana operations in the greater Maple Valley unincorporated area: 200th Ave SE east of the City of Maple Valley, SE 186th St near Lake Francis (since withdrawn due to Home Owners' Association rules) and 269th Ave SE in Hobart. Although each proposal is unique, each have drawn intense scrutiny from neighbors who have implored the Area Council to study the issues related to zoning, permitting, and operation. The Area Council has hosted several standing-room-only meetings with interested citizens and King County officials to better understand residents' concerns and King County policies.
The Area Council has proposed changes to County Zoning Code to disallow such operations in the Rural Area, as it is ill-equipped to handle Public safety concerns (both Police and Fire), Traffic-related issues (both frequency and size of loading and delivery trucks), and attendant noise (see Marijuana Business Zoning).
On July 25, 2016 the King County Council voted to: (1) Only allow in the RA-10 or the RA-20 zone, on lots of at least 10 ac (except on Vashon- Maury Island)--this excludes the vast majority of the Rural Area, which is predominated by RA-5 zoning, with some RA-2.5 zoning; (2) Approve studies on potential retail and processing in specific locations; and (3) Require the County Executive to identify 10 locations suitable for retail in Neighborhood Business (NB) zoned areas across unincorporated King County.
Items of Interest