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King County Council Approves Annexation-Related Joint Study With Woodinville

The King County Council has approved a joint planning effort between the county and the 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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