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October 9, 2000

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King County seeks to add acreage to Farmland Preservation Program

King County is seeking Snoqualmie Valley farmland owners interested in selling the development rights to their land as part of the Farmland Preservation Program.
   Nearly 5,000 acres are already part of the program in the Snoqualmie Valley Agricultural Production District. Farmland owners who wish to participate in the program are invited to submit their property for consideration by Oct. 28. Countywide, there are currently 12,800 acres of farmland preservation in the program.
   In purchasing development rights on farmland, owners grant the King County Farmland Preservation Program the right to put covenants on the property that limit it to agricultural and/or open space uses. These covenants are in perpetuity and remain in effect even if the property is sold, bequeathed, rented or annexed by another jurisdiction.
   In order to be considered for development rights acquisition, properties must be actively farmed and be located within the Snoqualmie Valley APD which includes most of the unincorporated area of the Snoqualmie Valley extending from the King-Snohomish County line south to the northern boundary of Fall City. A map of the Snoqualmie Valley APR can be accessed via the web at http://www.metrokc.gov/ddes/gis/luatlas.htm.
   The King County Agriculture Commission will rank properties according to soil type, size and location. Properties that are 40 acres, or larger, will be given priority over smaller parcels and property that adjoins existing Farmland Preservation Program land will be given priority over property that is not connected. Owners will be informed of their ranking.
   More than one property may be submitted for consideration and owners of lower-ranked properties, who may not be selected due to limited funding, will have the option of being wait-listed should additional funding become available.
   To be considered for the Farmland Preservation Program, please submit the owner's name, address, telephone number and the property address or tax parcel number, and the size of the property to Judith Herring, King County Farmland Preservation Program, 201 South Jackson St., Suite 0600, Seattle, WA 98104. Or email the information to judy.herring @metrokc.gov. Submissions must be received by Oct. 28.
   Additional information about the Farmland Preservation Program and a copy of the covenants can be obtained by calling 206-296-1470 or online at http://www.metrokc.gov/homefarm.htm.