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November 2018

Aerial view of homes along Vashon shoreline

Shoreline Master Program 2019 Periodic Review

As required by the Washington State Shoreline Management Act, King County is doing a periodic review of its Shoreline Master Program to ensure that the program remains consistent with state law. The county is also proposing regulatory changes for net pens and evaluating how to address increased risks related to sea level rise. If you can’t make it to the public meeting described below, you can also learn more and comment on the project website (comments are due by Nov. 30).

Public meeting
Nov. 17, 10 a.m.–12 noon
Vashon Island High School
9600 SW 204th Street

Flood season is coming

aerial view of a flooded neighborhood

We urge everyone in King County to prepare now for high water later. Assemble a basic emergency preparedness kit for your home and car. Do not walk or drive through flooded roads. Have a plan for what you would do with your pets or livestock in the event of high water or evacuation. Find out the nearest location for free sandbags during a flood. And sign up for KC Flood Alerts, a free, automated system that gives subscribers customized alerts about potential flooding in any or all of King County’s six major river systems. Learn more and subscribe at

project sign posted at Metro bus stop

Metro and Sound Transit aim to improve mobility in north Eastside

King County’s north Eastside is growing and changing. In the Bothell, Kenmore, Kirkland, Redmond, and Woodinville areas, Metro and Sound Transit see an opportunity to improve transit service and adapt it to new conditions so it stays convenient and reliable. They’re also looking to strengthen connections to important destinations.

If you ride Metro routes 234, 235, 236, 238, 243, 244, 248, 255, 277, or 930 and/or Sound Transit Express routes 540, 541, or 545, check out the project website, come to a public meeting or visit the online open house, and take the survey (deadline Nov. 13) to share your thoughts about proposed changes.

Road construction updates

Tolt Hill Bridge
As of Oct. 23, the load restriction on Tolt Hill Bridge has been lifted. However, final painting of the steel repair areas is ongoing and weather dependent. The one lane configuration with temporary signals will continue until all painting is finished—probably by mid-November. Learn more on the Tolt Hill Bridge web page, and/or see the map on the My Commute web page.

NE Woodinville Duvall Road
From Tuesday, Nov. 13 to Friday, Nov. 16, crews will be doing tree maintenance on NE Woodinville Duvall Road between NE 172nd Street and West Snoqualmie Valley Road NE near Duvall. The work requires a lane restriction from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visit the My Commute web page to view the map.

NE Novelty Hill Road
On Saturday, Nov. 3, crews will be doing guardrail repair and tree maintenance on NE Novelty Hill Road from 243rd Avenue NE to West Snoqualmie Valley Road NE near Duvall. The work requires a full closure of the road from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Visit the My Commute web page to view the map.

2019 ARC Artist Fellowship

Arc Artist Fellowship opportunity

4Culture seeks applicants for the Arc Artist Fellowship, a $12,000 unrestricted award for artists to use to offset daily expenses as they purse their creative work. This year, artists who identify as trans, non-binary, neurodivergent, and/or artists with physical, developmental, behavioral, emotional,and/or intellectual disabilities are eligible to apply by the Nov. 28 deadline. See

Hikers board a shuttle bus

What did you think of Trailhead Direct?

Take a brief survey to help make 2019 transit-to-trails service better

Trailhead Direct—the popular transit-to-trails program co-led by King County Metro and King County Parks—has wrapped up its first full season, providing transit van service from convenient locations to trailheads in the Issaquah Alps and Cascade Mountains. Offer your advice to help make next year’s season even better by taking this survey.

Green Valley/Lake Holm area news

Association thanks county staffers

For their time and the information they’ve provided at our business meetings and as speakers at our recent October Community Event, the Green Valley/Lake Holm Association thanks King County’s Harold Taniguchi, DOT Director and Local Services Transition Lead; Josh Kahan, DNRP/WLRD Project Program Manager; John Taylor, DNRP/WLRD Assistant Director and Director-designee of the Department of Local Services; and Troy Olmsted, commander of Sheriff’s Precinct 3. We also acknowledge Chief Greg Smith of our local Mountain View Fire and Rescue, who has given an update of his department’s service at our annual events for several years in a row.

Mr. Kahan, a Green River Basin Steward, also led members on a tour of Middle-Green River levee and associated natural area sites to help us better understand the county’s current and possible future projects and acquisitions for open space conservation and habitat restoration.  We appreciate the arrangements he made on our behalf as well as the knowledge he shared about the sites and their value to the county. Mr. Taylor met with us repeatedly to improve King County Comprehensive Plan Update policy protecting regional, rural landowner water sources and understanding of critical stormwater needs. Mr. Taniguchi served us similarly in regard to transportation issues and the Local Services Initiative.

The association thanks all of them for these efforts, and for their enthusiasm.

Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River area news

KCCP Docket Item #4 Comments
On Oct. 2 the Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council submitted to the King County Executive’s Office detailed analyses and comments opposing the proposed request to rezone RA-5 land to Industrial (see letter.)

Erickson Grading/Logging Permit Application Comments
On Oct. 15 the Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council submitted to the King County Department of Permitting and Environmental Review an endorsement of local citizen detailed comments (see letter).

Skyway/West Hill news

Detail of Skyway/West Hill zoning map

Interested in land use and development in Skyway/West Hill?

King County is hosting a community forum to engage residents and stakeholders about this 20-year land use plan. See a presentation and provide feedback on the plan. Spanish, Vietnamese, and Somali interpreters will be available at the event. For more information, visit (choose Community Service Area Subarea Plans) or contact Bradley Clark, Subarea Planner (send email or call 206-477-2449).

Community Forum
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Albert Talley Sr. High School
7800 S 132nd Street

Upcoming special events

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council

Learn about the I-90/Front Street Interchange Justification Report/Study
Adam Emerson of the Washington State Department of Transportation, Aileen McManus of the King County Department of Transportation, and Kurt Seemann of the City of Issaquah will discuss the interchange and impacts on traffic volumes on the Issaquah-Hobart Rd corridor. (learn more about the study).

Monday, November 5, 7-9:30 p.m.
Maple Valley Fire Station SE
Corner of SE 231st Street and SR-169 intersection
Maple Valley

Reserve Silica Mine Site Cleanup Project
Madeline Wall and Amelia White of the Washington State Department of Ecology will discuss the project’s Draft Agreed Order. The event will include 1) an open house forum with picture boards and DOE staffers available to discuss, 2) a presentation, and 3) a question/answer period. (learn more on the council’s website)

Friday, November 16, 7-9:30 p.m.
Maple Valley Fire Station SE
corner of SE 231st Street and SR-169 intersection
Maple Valley

Upcoming Community Meetings

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council

Thursday, Nov. 1, 7-9 p.m.
1243 SW 112th Street
(parking and entrance in back of station)

Monthly meeting of all-volunteer neighborhood based community organization, open to the public. For agenda information visit the website. For more information contact Barbara Dobkin.

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council

Monday, Nov. 5, 7-9:30 p.m.
Maple Valley Fire Station
Southeast corner of SE 231st Street and SR-169 intersection

Visit the website for the latest information and to confirm meetings.

Fall City Community Association

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 7-8:30 p.m.
Fall City Fire Station
4301 334th Place SE
Fall City

Monthly board meeting, open to the public. Presentations by community members and county officials. For more information, visit the website.

Friends of Bass Lake

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 6-8 p.m.
Hart Law Office
1224 Griffin Avenue

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West Hill Community Coffee Hour

Saturday, Nov. 10, 10-11:30 a.m.
Skyway Library
12601 76th Avenue S

Meet the members of the West Hill Community Association, neighbors, and friends. Open to the public. Held on second Saturdays and sponsored by the West Hill Community Association. For more information contact

Skyway Solutions

Monday, Nov. 12, 6-8:30 p.m.
13470 MLK Jr. Way S

Open to the public. Skyway Solutions is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in unincorporated Skyway. For more information, visit, send email, or call 206-706-6400.

Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7-9 p.m.
Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 78
20720 SE May Valley Road

Visit the website for the latest information and to confirm meeting dates and locations.

West Hill Community Association Board Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7-9 p.m.
Skyway Water and Sewer
6723 S 124th Street

Board meetings are open to the public and often feature guest speakers as well as community reports and information from a variety of local organizations. For more information, send email to

Green Valley/Lake Holm Association Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fire District 44, Station 95
32316 148th Avenue SE

Regular meeting agenda items include committee updates on transportation, environmental, and safety issues. Visit the association on Facebook or Twitter for more information.

Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage

No meetings scheduled for November and December. See website for the latest information and to confirm meetings.

Upper Bear Creek Community Council

No meeting scheduled for November. Visit the website or Facebook page for the latest information and to confirm meetings.