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Meeting to look at open spaces

King County residents interested in how more than 156,000 acres of publicly owned land with high ecological value will be used can learn more at a June 22 meeting in Snoqualmie.

The meeting is 7 p.m. at the Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. SE.

This is the fifth and final public meeting to provide information about a draft list of properties that would receive higher conservation protection, and information on the potential methods for managing that list under the proposed “open space amendment” to the county’s charter.

The King County Council is expected to hold formal public hearings later this summer in advance of any potential action on the proposed charter amendment. The council is expected to decide by July on whether to put charter amendments on the ballot for a public vote.

No new land would be purchased under the proposed open space amendment, and the rules only apply to land that is currently owned in fee or in easement by King County. No direct costs are associated with the proposed amendment.

More information on the proposed open space amendment is available at www.kingcounty.gov/exec/charter/issues/openspace.aspx.

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