Northwest NEWS

October 11, 1999

Local News

County's Draft Comprehensive Plan offered for public review

   King County Executive Ron Sims recently reviewed major initiatives in King County's Comprehensive Plan update for 2000, which is now available for public review.

   Developed in accordance with the State's Growth Management Act (GMA), the Public Review Draft 2000 Update is the preliminary set of proposed substantive amendments to the County's Comprehensive Plan. Local comprehensive plans can be amended only once each year. King County allows those annual amendments to be only technical changes, except once every four years.

   The one exception, known as the "Four-Year Cycle review process," is when substantive changes can be proposed. The year 2000 Update represents the first major review and proposes the first set of substantive changes since the 1994 adoption to the comprehensive plan.

   The Public Review Draft of the KCCP 2000 Update is available for review and comment on the County's website at http://www.metrokc.gov/exec/orpp/compplan/2000/2000prd.htm.

   The draft is also available at all King County Library System branches, the downtown branch of the Seattle Public Library, the Office of Regional Policy and Planning (516 Third Avenue, Room 420 in Seattle), and at the Department of Development and Environment Services (900 Oakesdale Ave. SW, in Renton).

   King County staff will host a series of open-house meetings for public review and comment of the Draft 2000 Update. In October, staff will meet with the County's officially recognized Unincorporated Area Councils. Locally, the public meeting schedule includes a Nov. 8 meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. with Executive Sims in Carnation at Tolt Middle School's multi-purpose room, 3740 Tolt Ave.

   Call 206-296-8777 to confirm all dates, times and locations, or visit the website at http://www.metrokc.gov/exec/orpp/compplan/2000update.htm#calendar.