Northwest NEWS

October 5, 1998


A call for changes in legislation

   "Abhorrent", "most onerous" and "confiscatory" were words used by the aware few to describe two new King County legislative proposals affecting thousands of King County lot/acerage owners. The goal is to prevent new lots and eliminate building on about 10,000 existing, highly-taxed existing lots in unincorporated King County. The legislation impacts owners of: substandard lots (existing lots smaller than current zoning); contiguous lots under same ownership; inherited lots/acerage; unrecorded lots; 40-acre-and-larger ownerships; lots subject to adverse possession claims; lots needing boundary line adjustments (exempted by state law from local subdivision procedures, but with 2 1/2 pages of requirements proposed); land required to provide access for neighbors; rural land without water mains/fire hydrants.
   Plus there's a puzzling assortment of new definitions under which a required public road right-of-way dedication is considered only an easement requiring private liability and maintenance, and with the split-in-two land entitled to only one building permit.
   Significant changes are needed to this legislation aimed at shutting down home building by whatever it takes and with zilch regard for property rights. Call the 24-hour hot line at 206-296-1688 to request that your council member provide you with a copy of Proposed Ordinance 98-585 and Motion 10490. Study the documents; tell your council member what you think, and request hearings in the rural areas most affected.
   Maxine Keesling, Woodinville