Community Service Areas
King County, Washington
2017 grant recipients
2017 grant list - 200 KB PDF
Community Service Areas offer expanded ways for King County to engage with the 255,000 residents who live outside city boundaries. Residents are widely spread across the unincorporated area, except in the mountainous eastern third of King County.
King County serves as the local government for residents of unincorporated areas.
Public engagement framework for unincorporated areas - 639KB PDF
Learn how King County is reaching out to all residents in the rural and urban unincorporated areas.
2017 King County Town Halls draw record attendance
Hundreds of residents across unincorporated King County attended the nine King County Community Service Area town hall meetings. Councilmembers Lambert, Dunn, McDermott and Gossett along with the Sheriff, Assessor and leaders in the Executive’s office, Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Department of Transportation, and the Department of Permitting and Environmental Review among others met with local residents and responded to questions and concerns. Thank you all who attended and we look forward to seeing you and your neighbors when the next round of meetings occur.
Start thinking now about 2018 CSA Community engagement grants
We’ve been celebrating the implementation of past Community Service Area grants supporting local projects in unincorporated King County. We were recently in Hobart where we joined local residents and Councilmember Dunn in celebration of new playground equipment funded in part by a CSA community engagement grant. Information about who received grants in 2017 is available on the CSA grant page. We will be opening applications for 2018 grants in the late summer. In the meantime, start thinking about how your community might benefit from this resource.
Bear Creek/Sammamish Area – This unincorporated rural area east of Woodinville, Redmond and Sammamish, includes the Redmond Ridge Urban Planned Development and the Sammamish Valley Agriculture Production District (APD). This forested area is characterized by several lakes, including Cottage Lake; the Sammamish River Valley which contains both the APD and the Sammamish River Trail, along with hills to the south and east.
Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County Area – This unincorporated rural area surrounds the rural cities of Duvall, Carnation, Snoqualmie, North Bend and Skykomish, along with the rural towns of Fall City and Snoqualmie Pass. The eastern portion of this CSA is the Snoqualmie Valley which contains the Snoqualmie Valley Agriculture Production District and several rural cities and towns. The majority of the land area in this CSA is made up of the forested Cascade Range which contains portions of the Mount Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest, and the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area.
Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain Area – This unincorporated rural area lies east of the cities Renton and Newcastle and east and south of Issaquah and contains the May Valley Basin and the foothills of the Cascade Range, including Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, Squak Mountain State Park and Tiger Mountain State Forest.
Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River Area – This unincorporated rural area lies east of the cities of Renton and Kent and north of Covington, Maple Valley and Black Diamond and extends east to the border with Kittitas County. The western portion of this CSA has low rolling hills with several lakes, while the eastern portion moves into the Cascade Range, including portions of the Forest Production District and part of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
Southeast King County Area – This unincorporated rural area lies south of Maple Valley, Covington and Black Diamond, east of Auburn, surrounds the City of Enumclaw. The northeastern portion of this CSA contains the lower and middle Green River basins, and includes the Middle Green River Valley Agriculture Production Districts along with Hanging Gardens State Park, Kanaskat-Palmer State Park, Nolte State Park and Flaming Geyser State Park. To the south and slightly east of the river basins is the Enumclaw Plateau. The land further to the east is forested and contains a portion of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
West King County Area – This Community Service Area includes urban unincorporated areas of King County including East Federal Way, North Highline, West Hill, Fairwood and East Renton. These communities represent potential annexation areas to neighboring cities.
- 2016 - 2017 West King County Area Work Plan - 890 KB PDF
Vashon/Maury Island Area – This unincorporated rural area encompasses the entirety of Vashon-Maury Island. Accessible only by ferry or boat, the island is home to a rich mix of parks, beaches and local craft and agricultural production.
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Unincorporated Area Community News
A monthly newsletter designed to provide valuable information about the services King County provides to unincorporated areas and how residents can be engaged in King County's programs and planning.
All unincorporated area residents should have the opportunity for meaningful involvement in the decisions that impact their communities.
King County Executive
For more information, please contact Alan Painter, Manager, Community Service Areas (CSAs).