March UA News

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March 2018


Proposed Department of Local Services

As highlighted in the last edition of the Unincorporated Area News, the work for the proposed Department of Local Services (DLS) continues. More will be outlined in the upcoming weeks as the transition team goes through the steps necessary with the King County Council to adopt this proposal. However, one way right now that residents can have their questions answered and/or to make their suggestions known is to email and the DLS team will respond and continue to find ways to better open lines of communication and keep residents informed.

Bear Creek Watershed Management Study public meeting March 7, request for public comments

Attend a March 7 open house and presentation at the Brightwater Education and Community Center, 22505 SR-9, Woodinville on how to manage stormwater in the Bear Creek watershed to protect water quality and public health. You can review the draft Bear Creek Watershed Management Study and provide comments in the online forum at King County Connects or to ends March 21.


Novelty Hill Bridge cleaning


The Novelty Hill Bridge cleaning will take place from Monday, March 5 to Wednesday, March 14. The bridge is located on Northeast 124th Street near Duvall and SR-203. Daily lane restrictions will occur between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. as workers clean the bridge using a pressure washer from an aerial-lift. Click the map for more information.

Comment now on King County’s draft comprehensive solid waste management plan


King County and its 37 partner cities issued a draft plan that will guide how the County and cities manage garbage and recycling for the next 20 years. The public comment period on the draft plan and a draft environmental impact statement that evaluates the potential environmental impacts of options in the draft plan ends March 8. Visit the website to learn more, send comments, or to request a presentation at your community meeting. 

Call for Open 4Culture grant applications

Unincorporated King County organizations and individuals are encouraged to apply for Open 4Culture grant funding for up to $1,500. Artists and arts groups operating outside of Seattle and those working in heritage and preservation anywhere in King County may apply.

Current use taxation workshop

Learn about the benefits of Timber Land and the Public Benefit Rating Systems current use taxation programs from King County tax specialists. The workshop is on Thursday, April 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Covington Library, 27100 164th Ave SE. Contact Kelsey Ketcheson at 206-263-1128 for more information. 

Spring cleaning, a good time to restock your emergency supplies

As spring ushers in longer days and more sunshine, take time to “clean out” and replace expired food, water, medical supplies, and batteries from your emergency kits. This simple task will keep your household disaster-ready. Find more tips on the “make it through” website.

Upcoming Community Meetings

Many family forest and farm owners want to preserve their family lands but face challenges engaging family members in ownership and operations.  The facilitated workshop on Saturday, March 31, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Carnation Farms explores succession planning – the human side of estate planning – which focuses on ways to maintain family ties to the land from generation to generation.  Register or contact Kelsey Ketcheson at 206-263-1128. The farm is located at 28901 NE Carnation Farm Rd.

Puget Sound Regional Council news


The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) is extending the region’s growth plan to 2050. VISION 2050 will build on the region’s existing plan, VISION 2040, to keep the central Puget Sound region healthy and vibrant as it grows. PSRC wants your help to shape the plan update. PSRC held four countywide listening sessions in February and based on feedback, will hold an additional listening session in March. Presentations will begin at 4:15 p.m. For more information, visit the website.

Thursday, March 8, 4 -6 p.m. 
Redmond Regional Library
15990 NE 85th St.

Community organizations comment on PSRC plan

The Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council (GMVUAC) led an effort by the four King County Rural Area UACs (GMVUAC, Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council, Upper Bear Creek Unincorporated Area Council, and Green Valley/Lake Holm Unincorporated Council) to review the PSRC's major update to Transportation 2040 and submit detailed comments, which included two items to be addressed to ensure a sustainable transportation system, while continuing to preserve rural lands and rural character. The comments are  available on the Greater Maple Valley Council website.

Upcoming Community Meetings

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council (GMVUAC)

Monday, March 5, 7-9 p.m.
Maple Valley Fire Station
Southeast corner of Southeast 231st St. and SR-169 intersection
Maple Valley
Visit the website for the latest information and to confirm meetings.

Green Valley/Lake Holm Association Meeting

Wednesday, March 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fire District 44, Station 95
32316 148th Ave. SE 
Visit the Facebook page or Twitter for the latest information and to confirm meetings. 

Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council

Tuesday, March 13, 7-9 p.m.
Tuesday, April 10, 7-9 p.m.
Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 78
20720 SE May Valley Rd.
Visit the website at for the latest information and to confirm meeting.

Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage

Monday, March 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
12819 160th Ave. SE
Visit the website at for the latest information and to confirm meetings.

Upper Bear Creek Community Council

Tuesday, March 13, 7-9 p.m.
Woodinville Library
17105 Avondale Rd. NE
Visit the website or Facebook page for the latest information and to confirm meetings.

West Hill Community Association Board Meeting

Wednesday, March 14, 7-9 p.m.
King County Fire District 20
12424 76th Ave S.
Open to the public, monthly board meeting of the all-volunteer, resident based organization.  Local issues are discussed at this meeting. For more information contact

West Hill Business Association

Tuesday, March 20, 9-11 a.m.
Skyway VFW
7421 S. 126th St.
Open to the public, monthly meeting of the business group in unincorporated West Hill.  For more information contact Cynthia Lamothe 206-722-7343.

Fall City Community Association

Saturday, March 10, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fall City Library
33415 SE 42nd Pl
Fall City
Representatives from King County as well as representatives from more than a dozen local service organizations will be sharing information about their services. For more information visit the website.