FEBRUARY 17, 1997
County Council completes annual reorganization
Metropolitan King County Council chair Jane Hague announced revisions to committees and the leadership of the Council's 13 standing committees as part of the legislative body's annual reorganization.
Growth Management, Housing, and Environment was split, creating a Growth Management Committee and Housing and the Policy Planning Committee. Also, a Commerce, Trade, and Economic Development Committee has been created.
Hague noted that the Council's Committee of the Whole will focus on the important issue of regional governance and finance, working with the County's partners in Seattle, the suburban cities, and special service districts to find the best and most cost-effective ways of providing services to residents.
At the same time, duties of the Committee for Unincorporated Affairs will be expanded to include the evaluation of service delivery in such areas as police, roads, and human services. In addition, the committee will address sub-area planning and will work with the Unincorporated Area Councils.
Under the reorganization, the growth management committee will make recommendations to the full council on policies relating to land use development and zoning regulations. It also will consider and make recommendations on comprehensive planning policies and regulatory reform. Housing and Policy Planning Committee members will be expected to consider and make recommendations on policies dealing with market rate housing affordability. The committee is charged with considering and making recommendations relating to the Growth Management Planning Council.
In addition to its overall responsibilities of making recommendations on economic development, the Commerce, Trade, and Economic Development Committee will look for ways to create and attract more family-wage jobs.
The 1997 committee assignments include:
- Maggi Fimia, District 1 Democrat, will chair the Regional Policy Committee and will be vice chair of the Committee for Unincorporated Areas.
- Cynthia Sullivan, District 2 Democrat, will chair the new Housing and Policy Planning Committee and be vice chair of the Growth Management Committee.
- Louise Miller, District 3 Republican, elected vice chair of the Council, will chair the Utilities and Natural Resources Committee. She will also be vice chair of the Regional Water Committee continue to chair the employment and legislative steering committees.
- Larry Phillips, District 4 Democrat, will continue as chair of the Regional Water Quality Committee and vice chair of the Utilities and Natural Resources Committee.
- Dwight Pelz, District 5 Democrat, will chair the Regional Transit Committee and be vice chair of the Transportation Committee.
- Rob McKenna, District 6 Republican, will chair the Transportation Committee and serve as vice chair of the Regional Policy Committee.
- Greg Nickles, District 8 Democrat, will chair the Trade, Commerce, and Economic Development Committee and be vice chair of the Budget and Fiscal Management Committee.
- Kent Pullen, District 9 Republican, will continue as chair of the Law, Justice, and Human Services Committee.
- Larry Gossett, District 10 Democrat, will continue as chair of the Management, Labor, and Customer Services Committee and serve as vice chair for the Law, Justice, and Human Services Committee.
- Jane Hague, District 11 Republican, was elected for the second year in a row chair of the Council on Jan. 6. As chair, she also will chair the Committee of the Whole.
- Brian Derdowski, District 12 Republican, will chair the Committee of Unincorporated Affairs and continue as vice chair of the Management, Labor, and Customer Services Committee.
- Chris Vance, District 13 Republican, will chair the Budget and Fiscal Management Committee and serve as vice chair of the Housing and Policy Planning Committee.