Community Service Areas
Where King County is your local government
Rural area that surrounds the rural cities of Duvall, Carnation, Snoqualmie, North Bend, and Skykomish, plus the towns of Fall City and Snoqualmie Pass. Its eastern part is the Snoqualmie Valley, which has the Snoqualmie Valley Agriculture Production District and several rural cities and towns. Much of the land area is in the forested Cascade Range, with parts of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area.
Rural area east of Renton and Kent and north of Covington, Maple Valley, and Black Diamond. Extends east to the border with Kittitas County. Has low rolling hills and several lakes in the western part, while the eastern part is in the Cascade Range—including parts of the Forest Production District and part of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
Rural area south of Maple Valley, Covington, and Black Diamond and east of Auburn. Surrounds Enumclaw. The northeastern part has the lower and middle Green River basins and includes the Middle Green River Valley Agriculture Production Districts and Hanging Gardens, Kanaskat-Palmer, Nolte, and Flaming Geyser state parks. To the south and slightly east of the river basins is the Enumclaw Plateau. The land further to the east is forested and includes part of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
Unincorporated urban areas, including East Federal Way, North Highline, West Hill, Fairwood, and East Renton. These areas have the potential to be annexed to neighboring cities.
The Community Service Areas program informs, involves, and empowers people and communities in unincorporated King County by…
- Expanding outreach and communication to a wide range of community organizations.
- Identifying a county employee who will serve as a liaison, ombudsman, and information clearinghouse for each Community Service Area.
- Providing a work plan for each Community Service Area that lays out the county’s goals, services, and projects for that area as well as issues identified by area residents and/or businesses.
- Holding meetings in each Community Service Area to introduce the area’s work plan, give residents opportunities to meet with King County leaders, and address issues as needed.
- Providing resources to communities in unincorporated areas through the Community Service Area Grant Program, which offers matching funds for community-led projects through a yearly grant application process for community organizations.
Community Engagement Grants
The purpose of these grants is to provide matching funds for projects that help residents participate in—and be more connected to—their communities. Funded projects must demonstrate how they are accessible to all residents, regardless of race, income, or language.
A total of $90,000 will be reimbursed for funded projects in 2019, with each project receiving up to $5,000. Applications for these funds were due by Oct. 26, 2018, and the awards have recently been announced. A complete list of grants is available below.List of 2019 Grant Recipients
Community Engagement Grants will support projects that advance the King County Strategic Plan and achieve one of the following goals:
- Promote the engagement of unincorporated area residents in community or civic activitie
- Educate local residents about issues impacting them
- Implement a community enhancement project
- Meet King County’s equity and social justice goals of increasing fairness and opportunity for all people, particularly for people of color, low-income communities and people with limited English proficiency.
In 2010, the King County Council sought a new approach for engaging with residents in unincorporated areas. Executive Constantine proposed creating a “robust public engagement program that informs, involves, and empowers people and communities.” With guidance from the County’s strategic plan, the county created seven Community Service Areas to represent all unincorporated residents and communities.
The King County Strategic Plan directs us to…
- Expand opportunities to seek input, listen, and respond to residents
- Empower people to play an active role in shaping their future
- Improve public awareness of what King County does