City to gain control of property while County will continue operation of facility on the site
StoryThe Metropolitan King County Council today gave its unanimous approval to an interlocal agreement between the County and the city of Maple Valley, allowing the City to annex County property that is in the heart of the Maple Valley.
The adopted ordinance, introduced by County Councilmember Reagan Dunn, authorizes the County Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement (ILA) with Maple Valley regarding the annexation of the Summit Pit property. The ILA will allow for a smooth transition of the Maple Valley Proposed Annexation Area (PAA) to city control and ensure the continued operation of the roads maintenance facility owned by the King County Department of Transportation.
“This legislation paves the way for the residents of Maple Valley to determine future plans for this property in a way that best suits their needs.” said Dunn. “I commend Mayor Bill Allison and Executive Dow Constantine for negotiating an agreement that satisfies the interests of both the city of Maple Valley and the County.”
“This partnership between King County and Maple Valley allows the county to continue its road maintenance and mining operation until they are able to sell the property while at the same time allowing the city of Maple Valley to control its future when it comes to comprehensive planning,” said Maple Valley Mayor Allison.
The ILA ensures that the County can continue its current use of the facility, which also includes a gravel mine. Operation of the facility would continue on the property until the property is sold or transferred.
The ILA includes language that has Maple Valley keeping the County informed of any proposal to change land use or zoning on the property, which will allow the County to provide meaningful input regarding any impacts to the continuation of its operations.
This agreement is an important step for the city of Maple Valley as it gives the City control over their vision of future development of this area. Future plans could include a high school to ease overcrowding or development that will lead to increased economic activity and job creation.