Northwest NEWS

November 1, 1999

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Meeting on draft of proposed changes to King County's Comp Plan

   King County Executive Ron Sims will join County staff in hosting three of four open house meetings for public review and comment on the Draft 2000 Update to King County's Comprehensive Plan.

   The second public meeting will be held on Monday, Nov. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Tolt Middle School, 3740 Tolt Avenue in Carnation. The meeting format includes an open house, a brief presentation, Q and A, and time for written and oral public comments. King County staff will be available to answer questions during the open house and throughout the meeting.

   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 of the comprehensive plan.

   Proposed regulatory and zoning changes will be available for public review in late December. The public review process continues through January 21, when comments will be incorporated into a final document. On March 1, 2000, Executive Sims will send his recommended amendments to the Comprehensive Plan to the King County Council as required by the King County Code.

   Anyone wishing to obtain a copy of the Public Review Draft in advance of the open house may access it on the County's website at www.metrokc.gov/exec/orpp/compplan/2000/2000prd.htm.

   Copies are available for viewing in the reference section of all King County libraries, or can be obtained from the Office of Regional Policy and Planning at 516 Third Avenue, Room 420 in Seattle, or the Department of Developmental and Environmental Services at 900 Oakesdale Ave. SW in Renton.

   Call the Comprehensive Plan Hotline at 206-296-8777 for information.