Unincorporated Area News
May 2015


May 4
Greater Maple Valley UAC meeting

May 5
CSA Open House - Fairwood

Cedar Hills Regional Landfill Community Meeting

May 7
Firewise Leadership Conference

North Highline UAC meeting

May 8
Fall City Community Association meeting

May 12
CSA Open House - Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain

May 13
West Hill Community Association Board meeting

May 19
CSA Open House - Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River

May 20
Four Creeks UAC meeting

May 21
CSA Open House - West Hill/Skyway

May 27
Green Valley/Lake Holm Association meeting

May 31
Big Backyard 5K

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.

Engage with King County

Meet your County representatives at a 2015 Unincorporated CSA open house
The 2015 CSA open houses in unincorporated King County are scheduled through April and June. The open houses bring together the local County Councilmember and representatives from the Executive, Sheriff and numerous other County officials to meet with local residents and discuss issues affecting local communities. All meetings will run from 7 - 9 p.m. For more information, including locations, please visit the website.

  • Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County on April 21
  • North Highline/White Center on April 23
  • Vashon/Maury Island on April 28
  • Fairwood on May 5
  • Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain on May 12
  • Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River on May 19
  • West Hill/Skyway on May 21 (date change)
  • Southeast King County on June 2

Earth Day photo contest
What simple thing are you doing to go green for Earth Day? Send us a photo of your green action with a brief description and you'll have the chance to win Marymoor Park Concert tickets.

Cedar Hills Regional Landfill Community Meeting
This community meeting, set for May 5, from 7-9 p.m., at the King County Library Service Center, 960 Newport Way NW, in Issaquah, provides an ongoing forum for area residents and King County Solid Waste Division staff to discuss activities at the landfill. For more information, please visit the website. To request accommodations, please call 206-477-4466, TTY Relay: 711.

Amid critically low snowpacks, King County offers advice on protecting homes from wildfire
Residents in rural and wooded areas of King County can learn how to make their homes safer from wildfire and their communities more resilient in the face of disasters of any kind at the May 7 Firewise Leadership Conference in Carnation.

Ninth-Annual Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling
Businesses located in King County outside of the City of Seattle are invited to demonstrate their commitment to waste prevention and recycling and receive well-deserved recognition for their efforts through this program. Entries must be received by Friday, June 12.

2016 King County Comprehensive Plan Update
The 2016 update is the fifth major review of the King County Comprehensive Plan. During this four-year review cycle, substantive changes to policies, land use designations and the Urban Growth Area boundary can be proposed and adopted. The deadline for submitting docket requests is June 30.  Visit the Plan Update webpage for more information.


Health insurance enrollment deadline
For anyone hoping to buy discounted health insurance through Washington Healthplanfinder, the extended enrollment period ends on April 17. The Public Health Access & Outreach team is working with our network of insurance “Navigators” to help people sign up at a special event on Saturday in Shoreline. They’ll also sign-up people for Metro Transit’s reduced fare ORCA Lift card.  Learn more at the Public Health Insider.

Is your unemployment insurance running out?
King County Employment and Education Resources and WorkSource may be able to help. A special grant program is available to help people whose unemployment insurance is exhausted or ending soon – with scholarships, GED classes, apprenticeships, job coaching and more. Information available online or call 206-477-7902.

Pet ID Week is April 19-25: be sure your pet is licensed!
Every year, thousands of pets get lost. Without proper ID, most of those lost pets will never make it back to their families. Pet ID Week, April 19-25, focuses attention on the problem of pets without proper ID tags. A King County pet license is an inexpensive ID and "insurance policy" that can help get you reunited with your cat or dog if they ever go missing. Purchase a pet license online, or at any one of our licensing partner locations.

Return your ballot today for April 28 Special Election
The April 28 Special Election includes a countywide measure as well as several measures affecting unincorporated areas. Sign and return your ballot today, well before the April 28 deadline.

First half of 2015 property taxes are due April 30
If you pay your property taxes yourself, rather than through your mortgage lender, remember that the first half of your 2015 payment is due on April 30. King County offers several options to pay quickly and conveniently: Online through our secure eTax application; by mail if postmarked no later than April 30; in person at the King County Administration Building in downtown Seattle or at any King County Community Service Center. For questions about missing tax statements or other tax payment information, email King County Treasury Operations or call 206-263-2890.

May is Washington Volcano Awareness Month
Did you know our region is home to five major active volcanoes? Learn more about these natural hazards and what to do if an eruption should occur.

Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series
The Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series kicks-off on Saturday, May 9 with a 5 and 10-mile race. Since 2003, the Seattle Running Club has been hosting this race series that supports King County Parks. Online registration is open for all distances so register today!

Sixth-annual Big Backyard 5K, May 31
Register for the sixth-annual Big Backyard 5K presented by Group Health on May 31 at King County’s Marymoor Park in Redmond. Proceeds of the event benefit King County Parks, so register today!

GoGreen Conference
Tickets to the GoGreen Seattle Conference on April 30 are available to purchase at 50 percent off with the code KINGCOUNTY15 on the GoGreen registration webpage.

Remodeling your home or Building New? Go Green!
The Department of Permitting and Environmental Review launched its new Green Building Handbook, a directory of "Green Tools" with more than 20 ways you can increase efficiency in your building project and reap the rewards.

King County Assessor Lloyd Hara and the Department of Assessments recently launched LocalScape, a new dynamic property data portal designed to unleash the power of community data and redefine civic engagement.

Forest Stewardship course offered by Washington State University and King County
Natural resource professionals will show forestland owners how to keep their properties  healthy and productive, and attract more wildlife. By the end of the class, participants will have completed a forest stewardship plan for their property, which can qualify them for property tax reductions and cost share assistance. Classes are held in Everett, Black Diamond and Preston. For more information or to register, visit the WSU website or contact 425-357-6017.

Community Service Area news

Bear Creek/Sammamish Area

Upper Bear Creek Community Council
For more information visit the Upper Bear Creek Community Council website.

Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain Area

Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage
April 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.

Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council meetings
May 20, 7 - 9 p.m., at the Fire Station 78, 20720 SE May Valley Rd., in Issaquah. Visit the Four Creeks UAC website for the latest information and to confirm meetings.

Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River Area

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council meetings
May 4 & June 1, 7 - 9:30 p.m., at the Fire Station, 231st St and SR-169 in Maple Valley. Check the Greater Maple Valley UAC website for details.

This item submitted by the GMVUAC.

2016 King County Comprehensive Plan Update
On April 6, the area council held a kickoff meeting to map out its efforts on the Comp Plan update. Four committees – Economic, Environment, Growth Management and Transportation –  will evaluate KCCP policies. Each committee will work with county staff to determine policy background, propose changes /additions/deletions and with the County’s Executive Office to incorporate this information in the public review draft to be released this fall. 

Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County Area

Fall City Community Association meeting
May 8, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., at the Fall City Fire Station, 4301 334th Place Southeast in Fall City. Monthly board meeting, open to the public. For more information visit the Fall City Community Association website or contact Ashley Glennon.

Southeast King County Area

Green Valley/Lake Holm Association
April 29 & May 27, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., at the Black Diamond Library, 24707 Roberts Drive in Black Diamond. Visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
April agenda includes Peter Rimbos, Chair of the Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council’s Growth Management Committee, to discuss King County Comprehensive Plan update, and what the GMVUAC and its primary committees plan to do. The GV/LHA will hold its annual Executive Committee elections. CERT and First Aid  training sessions for area residents continue.  For more information and registration, please visit www.kcfd44.org.

Vashon/Maury Island Area

Vashon-Maury Island Community Council General meeting
For more information, visit the Vashon-Maury Island Community Council website.

West King County Area

Skyway Solutions Economic Prosperity and Affordability Open House
April 22, 7-9 p.m. at Campbell Hill Elementary School, 6418 S. 124th St. in Seattle.
For more information, email Jared Burwell.

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting
May 7, 7 - 9 p.m., North Highline Fire District, 1243 SW 112th in Seattle. Monthly meeting of the community council.  Open to the public. Check the North Highline UAC website for details, or email Barbara Dobkin.

West Hill Community Association Board meeting
May 13, 7 p.m., Skyway Fire District #20, 12424 76th Ave S. in Seattle. Open to the public.  A monthly community meeting that discusses and informs community residents of issues relevant to their neighborhoods.  Check the West Hill Community Association website or Facebook for details, or email Sonja Bowden.

West Hill Business Association
April 21, 9- 11 a.m., Skyway VFW, 7421 So. 126th St. in Seattle. Monthly meeting of business and community members. Open to the public. For more information, contact Chuck Vitiritti at 206-772-9982.

West Hill Community Association Quarterly meeting
April 21, 7 p.m., Skyway VFW, 7421 S. 126th Street in Seattle. Quarterly meeting of the Association. Agenda items include WHCA board elections to fill five open seats. Invited speakers include: Officer Denny Stumph from Washington State Liquor Control Board; Mara Fiksdal, Communities in Schools; Major Jerrell Willis of the King County Sheriff's Office and Linda Mott from King County Department of Transportation. Open to the public. Check the West Hill Community Association website or Facebook for details, or email Sonja Bowden.

Alajawan’s Annual Community Family Reunion
April 29, 6:01 p.m. until dark at the Skyway Grocery Outlet, 11656 68th Ave S. in Seattle. Attended by over 200 residents and visitors, complete with live entertainment, raffles, prizes and food.  Open to the public. For more information, contact Ayanna Brown at 425-208-6236.

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