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The Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board has ordered King County to take legislative action to bring the Sammamish Valley Agricultural Production District (APD) into compliance with the requirements of the Growth Management Act.

Specifically, the Hearings Board ruled that the Growth Management Act prohibits property within the Agricultural Production District (APD) from being designated as both an "agricultural resource area" and as "rural residential."

This decision involves approximately 129 acres designated "rural" within the Sammamish Valley Agricultural Production District. In response to this ruling, King County Executive staff considered two alternatives: remove the rural land from the APD, or redesignate the rural land in the APD to agriculture.

The Hearings Board directed King County to correct the improper "dual designation" by November 10, 2005.

Executive Recommended Sammamish APD Subarea Plan

The Executive Recommended Sammamish Agricultural Production District Subarea Plan (106K .pdf) provides a summary of the Hearings Board decision and King County Executive Sims' recommendation to the King County Council.

Sammamish Subarea Plan Parcels

Rural-designated parcels within the Sammamish Agricultural Production District and parcels recommended to be removed or retained are as follows:

Sammamish Subarea Plan Maps

The Executive will transmit his recommended plan to the King County Council the week of September 5, 2005. The King County Council is expected to consider this recommendation and take action by November 10, 2005.

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