Barn Again

barn-again

King County’s “Barn Again” program provides grants to preserve historic barns and outbuildings that reflect our agriculture heritage.  In 2016, six barns, three milk houses, one milking parlor and one chicken house located in eastern and southern rural areas have received Barn Again grants totaling more than $235,000.  The next round of grants is coming up this Spring!  If you have a barn or outbuilding that is historically associated with the working life of a farm, please consider applying!  Continue reading

ICYMI: Legislative Appointments

One of the responsibilities of the County Council is to appoint replacements to fill legislative positions that become vacant before the end of the regular term.  The law requires that when a mid-term vacancy occurs in the state legislature, the local district from the political party that has held the office selects three candidates for appointment.   The initial selection is made by the precinct committee officers (PCOs) from the legislative district, which are then approved by the countywide party organization and forwarded to the County Council for a final selection and vote.  Traditionally, but not always, the candidate with the most PCO votes is selected for the appointment.  These are important decisions, with a potentially large impact on the legislature and the residents of King County.

Congratulating newly appointed Representative Vandana Slatter on January 5, 2017

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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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King County Elections: New Drop Boxes for District 6

King County Elections opened up two new ballot drop boxes in District 6 for the 2016 Primary Election. Pictured below is the grand opening of the Bellevue Regional Library ballot box, located in Downtown Bellevue (by Ashwood Park).

Bellevue Ballot Box Ribbon Cutting

Pictured from left to right: King County Elections Director, Julie Wise; King County Library Director Gary Wasdin; Mayor John Stokes of Bellevue; King County Councilmember Balducci

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Flood Control on the Sammamish River

Willowmoor

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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