Subarea plan adds more bureaucracy
October 3, 2008 · Updated 2:02 AM
Sue Holbink, who wishes everyone to support the Fall City
Subarea Plan as-is, was a member of the Community Advisory Committee for
the Fall City Subarea Planning process. Understandably, Sue supports the
plan "as-is." Sue is a lovely lady and I
respect her opinion, but my opinion differs from hers.
The recommendations "as-is" create two new government layers:
1. Rural Conservation District, to address rural landscapes, signs,
vistas, historic landmarks, design standards (building and infrastructure), and
land- use controls; and
2. "Create a UAC (Unincorporated Area Council) for the Fall City
area. Defer to the greater Fall City area residents to decide."
Are these two new layers of bureaucracy necessary? In all, there
are 35 recommendations in Ron Sims' Fall City Subarea Plan matrix.
Properties outside the rural town of Fall City and in 98024 zip code area are not
exempt in the above cases. How many layers of bureaucracy can we handle?
The majority of committee members did not fairly represent the
true Fall City community. The King County Growth Management
Committee chairperson is bent on pushing the plan through committee and
council by the middle of December this year.
Brian Derdowski made a public promise to Fall City when Ron
Sims presented Fall City with his recommendations in August 1999. He
promised to bring the Growth Management Committee to Fall City and hold
public hearings on the subarea plan. To date, I have received no notice of
In the meantime, let all of the King County Council members know
where you stand on this process while there is still time to negotiate a fair deal.