March 2017

Welcome to Community News! You can find the newsletter online with links to program details, at the UA News website. To see previous versions of the Unincorporated Area Community Newsletter visit the archives.

Learn what King County is working on in your community. The Community Service Areas (CSA) website includes descriptions of King County projects underway or planned for 2017, in the seven unincorporated CSAs. Work plans detail the projects and identify the King County staff contact .

Engage with King County

Community Service Area (CSA) grant notice coming soon

The King County CSA program received 59 applications for Community Service Area grants to support initiatives in unincorporated King County. Thank you for your interest and for all the great work done throughout the county by community organizations. We will be announcing the grant awards in the near future. Be on the lookout for announcements on the CSA website.

Get your creative project funded

Consider applying for a 4Culture Project Grant, funding King County projects that have arts, heritage or preservation at their heart. Deadlines are right around the corner, but it’s not too late to apply. Contact 4Culture to see if your project is the right fit.

It’s planting season, and King County Parks needs your help

Come volunteer to help improve King County Parks' stream corridors and urban forests by planting native trees and shrubs along our major rivers or in our urban parks. Or give back to those trails that you love and join us and the Washington Trails Association to rebuild and repair backcountry trails. There are still several events left this winter. Check out the latest King County Parks volunteer newsletter for the schedule.


News

Annual property taxes and discounts

Property taxes increased across King County by 8 percent on average this year. Low-income seniors, veterans and disabled homeowners may qualify for a property-tax exemption through the Assessor’s office. Some parcels may qualify for Stormwater Management Fee discounts, credits and cost-share projects. For questions, call 206-477-4800.

Register now for the Big Backyard 5K

Support King County Parks and register today for the eighth-annual Big Backyard 5K on June 11 at Marymoor Park. Register early and get a free hoodie, thanks to our friends at Harborstone Credit Union.

Seattle Bike Show

Join King County Parks at the Seattle Bike Show, March 4-5 at the CenturyLink Field Event Center. We will be there to answer questions regarding regional and backcountry trail bike opportunities and upcoming construction projects. Come by and say hi – and pick up a regional trail map and some awesome bike swag!

Feel the love - adopt a pet!

February is a great time to find a fuzzy friend at Regional Animal Services of King County. We have two locations, 21615 64th Ave. S. in Kent and 12040 NE 85th St. inside Kirkland Petco. You can also check out all our adoptable pets anytime on the website.


Community Service Area news

Bear Creek/Sammamish Area

Upper Bear Creek Community Council

March 28, 7-9 p.m. at the Woodinville Library, 17105 Avondale Rd NE, in Woodinville. John Taylor, Assistant Division Director for the DNRP Water and Land Resources Division, will join us to provide additiional information on the Stormwater Management Assessment increase on 2017 property tax notices. For more information about the community council, visit the Upper Bear Creek Community Council website or the the Upper Bear Creek Facebook page.

Novelty Hill Road

Daily lane restrictions from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Northeast Novelty Hill Road through approximately March 3. The project is weather dependent. Crews are replacing concrete transition ramps at several intersections, which is the first step in the process toward repaving large sections of Novelty Hill Road later this year.

Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain Area

Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council meeting

March 15, 7 - 9 p.m., at Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 78 at 20720 SE May Valley Rd. in Issaquah. Visit the Four Creeks UAC website for the latest information.

Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage

Feb. 27 & March 27, 6:30 - 8 p.m., at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church at 12819 160th Ave. SE, in Renton. For more information, visit the website.

Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River Area

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council meetings

March 6, 7 - 9 p.m., at the Fire Station, 231st St and SR-169 in Maple Valley.Check the Greater Maple Valley UAC website for details.

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Black Diamond Area Stewardship Planning
Comments were submitted to the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks on its Black Diamond Open Space Stewardship Plan. These included the following recommendations based on the policies contained in the King County Open Space Plan: (1) Keep trails to a manageable number; (2) Avoid conflicts between mountain bikers and hikers/horseback riders; (3) Recognize sensitive areas and their ecological importance; (4) Strive to protect wildlife and natural areas; and (5) Recognize the entire area is in the County’s rural area.

Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County Area

Fall City Community Association meeting

March 10, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., at the Fall City Fire Station, 4301 334th Place Southeast in Fall City. John Taylor, Assistant Division Director for the DNRP Water and Land Resources Division, will join us to provide additiional information on the Stormwater Management Assessment increase on 2017 property tax notices. Monthly board meeting, open to the public. For more information visit the Fall City Community Association website or contact Ashley Glennon.

Snoqualmie Watershed Forum meeting

March 15, 7 - 9 p.m., at the Snoqualmie Tribal Offices, 9571 Ethan Wade Way Southeast, in Snoqualmie. John Taylor, Assistant Division Director for the DNRP Water and Land Resources Division, will join us to provide additiional information on the Stormwater Management Assessment increase on 2017 property tax notices. To learn more about the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum visit the website, email Maureen Dahlstrom or call 206-477-4777.

Southeast King County Area

Green Valley/Lake Holm Association

Feb. 22 & March 29, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., at the Black Diamond Library, 24707 Roberts Drive in Black Diamond. At the Feb. 22 meeting, John Taylor, Assistant Division Director for the DNRP Water and Land Resources Division, will provide additiional information on the Stormwater Management Assessment increase on 2017 property tax notices. Open to the public. For more information, or to subscribe to our mailing list, email the Green Valley/Lake Holm Association. Follow us on Twitter.

Vashon/Maury Island Area

Affordable housing community forum

A community forum on affordable housing in the Town of Vashon will be held Feb. 23 from 6 - 8 p.m. at McMurray Middle School, 9329 SW Cemetery Rd., on Vashon. Part of the Vashon-Maury Island 20-year CSA Plan, the event will include a short overview of Vashon’s affordable housing needs, the Community Advisory Group’s recommendation for a new affordable housing incentive in the county code, and a community dialogue. All islanders are welcome to attend!

Maury Island Natural Area restoration update

The restoration work at the Maury Island Natural Area has been completed. Earlier this month, the contractor finished repairing the trail, which had been used as a construction road during construction. King County Parks performed this work in order to comply with a Washington Department of Ecology order to clean up contaminated soil at the site from the Asarco Smelter.

CSA Vashon Days

March 7, 1 - 6 p.m. at the Vashon Community Service Center, 10011 SW Bank Rd. on Vashon. Come meet your Community Service Areas representative, Bong Sto. Domingo. He'll open the community center to provide information and resources to residents of the island. To make an appointment email Bong Sto. Domingo, or call 206-351-8071.

West King County Area

Community comes together to ready new Family Shelter at White Center

More than 120 people – members of the White Center community, Mary’s Place and King County staff showed up at 9 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 11 to wash walls and windows, mop, vacuum, weed and rake the former Public Health Clinic to get it ready to become a temporary home for families with children. The new Family Shelter at White Center, opening in early March, will house about 30 people at first and up to 70 at full capacity. Thanks to everyone who turned out!

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting

March 2, 7 - 9 p.m. at the North Highline Fire District Training Center, 1243 SW 112th Street in Seattle. Monthly meeting of North Highline's volunteer community council. The council provides leadership in promoting, resolving and discussing community needs. For more information, check the North Highline UAC website, email Liz Giba or call 206-605-3824.

Skyway Solutions board meeting

March 7, 5:30 - 8 p.m. at 13470 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, in Seattle. A community based organization whose mission is to promote community-building, equitable development and neighborhood revitalization. Monthly board meeting. Open to the public. For more information, vist the Skyway Solutions website or contact Michael Majeed.

West Hill Community Association Board meeting

March 8, 7-9 p.m. at the Skyway Fire District 20, 12424 76th Ave. So. in Seattle. Monthly board meeting of residents in West Hill, often features guest speakers in addition to community reports and information from a variety of local organizations. Open to the public. Check the West Hill Community Association website or Facebook for details. For more information contact Sonja Bowden.