In November 2009, King County voters approved the "Open Space Protection Act" amending the King County Charter. The charter amendment strengthened protections against the sale or transfer of certain protected properties by the county. It permanently preserves the conservation-oriented uses of the lands by precluding any change in the uses allowed at the time of acquisition.
Ninety-six properties owned in fee or easement by King County DNRP are affected by the Open Space Protection Act, totaling 156,000 acres. To learn more please visit our property list.
The King County Council can add or remove properties from the adopted inventory only by a supermajority of seven affirmative votes out of the nine council members. This amendment to King County Charter Section 897 was sent to voters by King County Council Ordinance 16600. The inventory of protected lands was adopted by King County Council Ordinance 16601, which also amended Title 26 of King County Code.