King County residents are invited to share their thoughts to help the county create a strategic plan that consolidates the strategic plans of departments and agencies. King County will collect residents’ ideas and opinions this summer through surveys, public meetings and online feedback.
StoryKing County residents are invited to share their thoughts to help the county create a strategic plan that consolidates the strategic plans of departments and agencies. King County will collect residents’ ideas and opinions this summer through surveys, public meetings and online feedback.
This first countywide plan will be combined with county employee feedback to help the county assess how well services are being delivered, identify a countywide vision for the next five years and chart a path between the two. The strategic plan will guide policy and budget decisions over the next five years.
Residents can give their comments on county priorities at four public workshops in July:
|Tuesday, July 14
Shoreline Conference Center horeline Room
18560 1st Ave NE
Shoreline, WA 98155
|Tuesday, July 28
6:30 – 8:00
RiverRock Grill and Ale House
4050 Maple Valley Highway
Renton, WA 98058
|Thursday, July 16
6:30 – 8:00
Preston Community Center8625 310th Ave SE
Issaquah, WA 98027
|Thursday, July 30
6:30 – 8:00
The Hall at Fauntleroy
9131 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98136
The strategic plan process is a result of a November 2008 directive from the King County Council to the Executive to write a countywide plan based on the values and priorities of county residents (Ordinance 16202: 2008 Performance and Accountability Act).
Citizen input will give elected leaders an idea of resident priorities and how policies might be adjusted or created based on that feedback. The bulk of the plan will be developed during 2009 and a timeline can be found online. The King County Council deadline for the plan is December 15th, 2009.
One of the primary requirements of the plan is that it, “Take into consideration the collective aspirations of the community and the views and recommendations of the public.” The public workshops, along with the survey and online feedback will provide several opportunities to meet this requirement and gather valuable public insight.
If you have specific questions, please contact Kendall LeVan at 206-263-9706 or via e-mail at Kendall.LeVan@kingcounty.gov.
King County provides regional services to 1.8 million residents including 340,000 people living in unincorporated areas. Services include Metro transit, public health, wastewater treatment, courts, jails, prosecutors, public defenders, community and social services, the King County International Airport, and local services such as police protection, roads services and garbage collection. King County is the 14th largest county in the nation, covering 2,134 square miles, 39 cities, 760 lakes and reservoirs, and six major river systems with 3,000 miles of streams.