Northwest NEWS

January 31, 2000

Editorial

Residents need to have input instead of reaction

   On Jan. 11th, the Upper Bear Creek Community Council hosted an informational meeting on the King County Comp Plan 2000 Update. County staff were present to answer questions and receive comment.

   On Jan. 25th, the Council hosted an informational meeting on the King County New Site Alterations Code. County staff were present to answer questions and receive comment.

   On Jan. 18th, the King County Council voted to merge the Committee on Unincorporated Areas with the Growth Management Committee under the chairmanship of Cynthia Sullivan of Seattle. According to one King Council member, "It appears that an important balancing mechanism between cities and unincorporated areas has been removed."

   On February 29th, the council will host an informational meeting on the implementation of the policies R104A and R104B adopted in 1998 by King County, calling for a sub-area planning process to designate and protect equestrian communities through a special district overlay. During 1999, the Department of Development and Environmental Services (DDES) worked with an equestrian advisory group on implementing these policies and have completed their first draft for public presentation and comment.

   This meeting will be held at the Woodinville Water District offices, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Upper Bear Creek Community Council meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of most months. Their purpose is to inform, assist, and represent their community in dealing with King County government and other entities. Elections to the board of this council will be held March 28th. All interested persons are urged to attend.

   Our community continues to be impacted with decisions made by the King County Council. If you are a resident of unincorporated King County and want to keep abreast of what's going on in our community, be informed ahead of the action, and have input instead of reaction, attend and be a part of the Upper Bear Creek Council meetings.

   For more information, contact Nancy Stafford, 788-5841, or Peter Lamanna, 702-9828.

Nancy Stafford, Woodinville