King County Council Approves Annexation-Related Joint Study With Woodinville

The King County Council has approved a joint planning effort between the county and city of Woodinville to study issues related to growth within the Sammamish Valley.

The King County Council this week unanimously adopted the 2012 updates to the King County Comprehensive Plan, the blueprint for growth in the County’s unincorporated communities.

They did not address  but instead, with city support, approved a joint study between the two to develop joint recommendations for promoting the wine and agriculture industries in Woodinville. 

Through the study, the county and city will analyze and consider:

  • Transportation infrastructure,
  • The finite nature and value of agricultural soil resources,
  • Character of the surrounding rural area,
  • Vacant, buildable, and redevelopable land within the existing urban growth area,
  • The adopted Countywide Planning Policies and King County Comprehensive Plan,
  • Input from the public and interested stakeholders, including local businesses and surrounding city and unincorporated area communities,
  • Failing septic systems and pollution in the valley; and
  • Non-conforming uses on the unincorporated lands in King County and on the agricultural lands.

The County Executive’s office and related planning staff will be coordinating with the City on moving forward with the joint planning effort, county staff told Patch this week.

The King County Comprehensive Plan guides growth and development in the unincorporated areas of the county and sets policy on such major issues as annexations, transportation, and the environment. Every four years, the KCCP is reviewed and major updates occur. The last major review was in 2008.

For more information on the Council’s Comprehensive Plan Update, go to: www.kingcounty.gov/council/issues/comprehensive_plan.aspx

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Dale Knapinski December 07, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Lisa: The title of your story indicates that this is an annexation-related joint study. Please show me where you got that information because the outline says nothing of the kind, and King County specifically eliminated UGB adjustments (And resulting annexation) from their offer to study valley development.
Lisa Baumann December 07, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Hi Dale, I put that in the headline because the joint study was born out of the annexation proposals, not that they will tackle those specific proposals in the study.
Saira V. December 08, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Good questions. Perhaps you could add more because I don't see the connection to wrong doings within in the current city staff. Are they being manipulated and coerced by strongarm council politicians and their purse strings? I've had suspicions and read many innuendos. Perhaps you may connect the dots a bit.
STOP Larry's 3rd Attempt December 09, 2012 at 02:12 PM
DEMOCRATS BREAK PROMISES USED TO INCENTIVIZE ANNEXATIONS BEWARE!!! Deal "sweeteners" are often offered to entice "consolidations" or "annexations." A couple cities that only entered into consolidation based on promises made are now fighting their 3rd fight in 9 months to have the legal contracts upheld. Funny how the representative from the 45th district was the one who originally passed the bill to allow the "prenupital" agreement between the cities. Now the representative from the 45th district (years later) single handedly wants to break the contract. This is without any request from citizens at large or either of the cities involved!!! BEWARE!!! Don't be enticed or tricked into consolidation or annexation based on promises that will later be broken!!!
STOP Larry's 3rd Attempt December 09, 2012 at 02:50 PM
DEMOCRATS BREAK ANNEXATION PROMISES - SEE VIDEO @ 1:08:00 http://www.tvw.org/index.php?option=com_tvwplayer&eventID=2012121001


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