Metro Connects: 25 Year Look Ahead

metro-connects-logoKing County Metro, the backbone of our public transit network, is currently working through its Long Range Plan, “Metro Connects.” This document looks 25 years into the future and envisions a day when 75% of King County residents live within walking distance of accessible, reliable, and fast transit service. Continue reading

Council Approves Best Starts for Kids Plan

 

Best Starts for KidsOn September 19th, the Council unanimously approved the Best Starts for Kids (BSK) implementation plan, which will govern how the $380 million collected over the six years of the levy will be spent.  With this vote, King County and its residents embarked upon a unique and ambitious effort to change the trajectory of our community by investing in our youngest residents and their futures. 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.
Continue reading

Immigrant & Refugee Task Force

King County’s growth has been driven by the foreign born immigrant population for the past 25 years. Now, a quarter of the county’s residents speak a language other than English at home. Last year, King County adopted an ordinance creating an Immigrant and Refugee Task Force to help expand access to services and opportunities for our immigrant residents.

The Immigrant and Refugee Task Force completed its work and gave its final recommendations to the Council on Monday, August 15th. The report summarized the 10 month planning process, which included representation from local immigrant leaders and the refugee community. The report also exposed how diverse our region has become in recent years.

Continue reading

District 6 PSRC Funded Projects

psrcThe Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) Executive Board approved a list for federally funded grants to be allocated towards projects in and around the Eastside. This action provides millions of dollars in funding to projects throughout the district and King County, including projects in Bellevue, Redmond and Kirkland.

Here’s a sampling of District 6 (and just outside D6) projects: Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading