The Hollywood Hill Association
is an all-volunteer, non-profit, community
organization, dedicated to the preservation of the
rural atmosphere and lifestyle that we believe are
unique to our neighborhood.
An ongoing effort to move Woodinville's city boundary in the Sammamish Valley would have a direct negative affect on the farmlands in the Valley and pose a significant threat to the general ambience of our community. If successful, this change would invite urban development to sprawl down the Valley, setting a county-wide precedent of converting Agricultural and Rural lands to Urban uses.
A group of Rural property owners are pressing our King County Council to move the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) in the Sammamish Valley to put their properties on the Urban side of the line. If the UGB were to be moved, it is anticipated that the properties would be annexed into the City of Woodinville.
The issue was extensively studied by the King County Executive office last year in preparation for the upcoming Comprehensive Plan* Update. The studies found that the request to move the UGB does not meet longstanding requirements to make such changes. We worked to urge public input to this process last Fall, successfully supporting the Executive's recommendation to keep the UGB in its current location.
However, the Comprehensive Plan Update is now in the hands of the County Council. An axis of interests are working to convince the County Council to include this move of the UGB in the Update, in spite of the Executive's appropriate recommendation to not do so.
Councilmember Kathy Lambert has signaled a willingness to offer an amendment that would include this move of the UGB. While we feel that the County Council is likely to turn away such an ill-advised amendment, our policy makers need to hear about our concerns for the long term well-being of our community.
Making your voice heard is easy. For information on how you can contact our County council members, go to the Issues section of this website.
* Comprehensive Plans are a series of documents which include the zoning and codes that govern our land uses. It is mandated by the State Growth Management Act that every municipality, be it a city or a county, have a Comprehensive Plan. There are major updates every 4 years. For more information, visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_State_Growth_Management_Act http://www.kingcounty.gov/property/permits/codes/growth/CompPlan.aspx
A reminder from the King County Sheriff's Department. Per Detective Stephen Soule: "Whenever you have a suspicious person at your house you need to call our 911 center. You can call 911 if this is a serious issue or you can call the secondary non-emergency line which is 206-296-3311. We have a directed patrol mission to document all contacts with these salespeople. I should be notified after you have done this. The county has a code to deal with solicitors. You need to post your property with No Trespassing & No Solicitors signs and then if they still come to your door we can issue them a monetary fine."
Remember, vigiliance is the best protection. Don't hesitate to contact the Sheriff's Department if you see suspicious people or activity. Also, we will be posting "No Trespassing" and "No Solicitors" signs in our yard.
Please visit the HHA events blog blog for notifications and details of upcoming events of interest to HHA members. Please feel free to comment on the blog. (11/13/2011)
If you are not currently getting our monthly events email and would like to be added to our email list, please send a message to John Snow and I'll add your address.(2/22/2011)