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Welcome to King County’s home for Community Service Area (CSA) planning! This site is your portal to all current and future CSA plans in unincorporated King County. Do you want to engage in the CSA Plan events happening in your area? Are you looking for your current community plan? Would you like to learn more about King County’s CSA planning process? Regardless of your goal, use this page to easily access the people and information you are looking for as it relates to CSA Planning in King County.

 

A Community Service Area (CSA) Plan is a 20-year, multi-discipline, integrated policy document that applies the countywide goals of the King County Comprehensive Plan to a smaller geographic area. Each one of King County’s seven CSAs has or is scheduled to have its own CSA Plan. CSA Plans are comprised of two primary components: a CSA Plan Profile and a CSA Subarea Plan. A CSA Plan Profile applies to an entire CSA geography and includes broad goals and policies, CSA demographics, major land uses and trends, and socioeconomic indicators. A CSA Subarea Plan is typically prepared for a targeted area of a CSA such as a rural town center, urban neighborhood or corridor. They contain a more detailed plan or analysis than a CSA Plan Profile and often address the intersection of land use, transportation, housing, and/or the environment. These plans are meant to implement the King County Comprehensive Plan and be consistent with the County's Comprehensive Plan's policies, development regulations, and Land Use Map.

CSA Subarea Plans may address, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Town center/Activity center
  • Transportation corridor
  • Urban neighborhood
  • Rural neighborhood
  • Open space/Resource
  • A land use plan as required by KC Comprehensive Plan policy

Each CSA Plan Profile and Subarea Plan will be highly localized with a strong commitment by King County to not use an “off-the-shelf” approach in their creation. That being said, some core topics will appear in every plan:

  • Demographics
  • Vision for CSA
  • GMA-mandated elements
  • Fiscal/CIP linkage to KC department budgets
  • Public participation process
  • Equity Impacts
  • Health Profile
  • Implementation strategy

This diagram shows the relationship of CSA Plans to the King County Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations: 

Opportunities to get involved in the CSA Plan for your area of King County will primarily occur during the calendar year in which the CSA Plan is scheduled. So, the first step is to check the Future CSA Planning Timeline and look for the CSA in which you reside. In the designated year of your CSA Plan, there will be multiple opportunities to contribute both your time and ideas about the long-range plan and vision. For example, in 2016, Vashon-Maury Island is the plan being created. More details on how to get involved in that plan can be found here.

Broad-scale, timely, and consistent public engagement is essential to the development of CSA Plans. Below are some of the guiding principles for how public engagement will be structured and implemented throughout each annual plan cycle:

    •    King County will employ both “high tech and high touch” outreach strategies

    •   The type, frequency and mode of participation will be targeted to local community needs, demographics, etc.

    •    Diversity and equity/social justice principles will be integrated into each public outreach strategy, including:

  •              Identification of minority populations and languages within subarea boundary
  •              Translation of plan materials, where appropriate
  •              Creation/use of small groups to elicit more meaningful policies around poverty, discrimination, race, etc.
  • A Community Advisory Group of 12 to 15 local citizen volunteers who reside in the CSA will be formed at the beginning of each plan to guide the planning process.

  • Each CSA Plan process will include at least two public forums which will be semi-formal, interactive and accessible. All plans will have a launch or kick-off meeting where issues and topics are proposed and the general scope of work is outlined. Subsequent forums will provide accountability and local verification for the content of the draft plan.

  • Each plan will include at least one written public survey and comment tool.

  • A “piggy-back” and cooperative public outreach approach will be used whenever there are concurrent planning activities by other local, state or federal agencies in the same area.

  • Digital and social media tools will also be used for public outreach. These tools will vary depending on the type and level of public input required.

King County had a robust community planning program that occurred in two distinct periods—1973 through 1984, and 1985 through 1994. (See Chapter 11 of the King County Comprehensive Plan for more discussion of these periods.) Since then, there have only been minor plan updates to community plans. The term “community plan” was used to identify the 12 geographic areas that had detailed plans created between 1973 and 1994 (e.g. Bear Creek, Tahoma Raven Heights, Soos Creek). Three of those plans remain active today – the Vashon Town Plan, West Hill Community Plan and the White Center Community Action Plan. Many other plans contain valuable policies and historical information, but the term “community plan” is no longer being used as a title or descriptor for geographic subareas of King County. (Full listing of CSA plans.)

These prior plans were created during a period when the unincorporated areas of King County absorbed a much higher percentage of population growth than under post-Growth Management Act King County. The CSA plans will play a much different role now that the urban growth areas of King County have reached a point of relative stability. The table below illustrates how the CSA geography aligns with the former Community Planning Area geography:

Community Service Area

Includes portions of the following former Community Planning Areas

Bear Creek / Sammamish

Bear Creek, Northshore, East Sammamish

Four Creeks / Tiger Mountain

Tahoma Raven Heights, Snoqualmie

Greater Maple Valley / Cedar River

Tahoma Raven Heights, Soos Creek, East King County, Snoqualmie

SE King County

Enumclaw, Tahoma Raven Heights, East King County, Soos Creek

Snoqualmie Valley / NE King County

Snoqualmie, East King County, East Sammamish

Vashon / Maury Island

Vashon

West King County (unincorporated)

Portions of 10 different Community Planning Areas

 

An archive of the last version of the prior community plans is available here.

2016
Vashon-Maury Island CSA
2017
West King County CSA
2018
Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County CSA
2019
Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River CSA
2020
West King County CSA
2021
Bear Creek/Sammamish CSA
2022
Southeast King County CSA
2023
Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain CSA

*As shown on the map below, King County is geographically divided into seven Community Service Areas. (More information about CSAs can be found here, at the Department of Natural Resources and Parks site.) Starting in 2016, CSA Plans will be completed for each area based on the adopted timeline.

CSA-Map

Contact Info:

Bradley Clark, AICP, Subarea Planner Department of Permitting & Environmental Review

35030 S.E. Douglas Street, Suite 210 Snoqualmie, WA 98065        (206) 477-2449 Bradley.Clark@kingcounty.gov

Community Service Areas Map (larger view)