King County Council Streamlines Judicial Appointment Process

gavelOn August 14th, the County Council adopted an ordinance sponsored by Councilmember Balducci that will shorten the time it takes to appoint new District Court judges by about half. Andrew J. Prazuch, the Executive Director of the King County Bar Association, called the streamlining effort “a long overdue housekeeping project that the bar is delighted to see addressed.”  Continue reading

2016 Comp Plan Update

Every four years, the County updates its Comprehensive Plan.  The Comp Plan, as it is known, is the second largest policy document adopted by the Council, after the biennial budget, and it has been an important component of the Council’s work this year, appearing at 14 separate meetings.  It contains policies that guide development and land use in the unincorporated areas of the county, as well as how services are provided for unincorporated residents.  Continue reading

The Sammamish Valley’s Growing Wine Industry

Sammamish Valley Lavender FieldsIn March this year, the County Executive kicked off a study of the wine and beverage industry in the Sammamish River Valley, which is located between Redmond and Woodinville. The study is an effort to resolve conflicts that have arisen between the rapidly growing wine industry and the agricultural tradition and zoning in the Sammamish Valley.  After a four-month stakeholder process, the draft consultant report is now available.
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Flood Control on the Sammamish River


Willowmoor, or the Transition Zone, refers to the area at the north end of Lake Sammamish where it drains into the Sammamish River.  You walk past Willowmoor/the Transition Zone as you leave the parking lot for the off-leash dog area at Marymoor Park.  The Transition Zone is an engineered channel that was constructed in the 1960s by the Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) to provide downstream flood protection while maintaining specific lake levels.  It includes a weir (a small dam that is usually underwater) and a straight, relatively steep channel.  In fact, this is the steepest section of what is otherwise a flat and slow moving Sammamish River.

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