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Sept. 12, 2023
Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee creates framework for new process, divides $11.75 million among five urban unincorporated areas
King County’s Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee has decided how much money each of the five urban unincorporated areas will get to fund public projects of their choice. The committee will soon ask community members for project ideas they want to see on the ballot.


Aug. 15, 2023
Amid high temperatures and dry conditions, King County Fire Marshal issues Stage 2 burn ban prohibiting outdoor recreational fires in unincorporated areas
King County Fire Marshal Chris Ricketts has issued a Stage 2 burn ban for unincorporated King County. The ban prohibits all outdoor recreational fires. Outdoor cooking and heating appliances are restricted to approved manufactured gas and charcoal units only.


July 10, 2023
Driver alert: 30-day full closure on NE Woodinville Duvall Road at NE 172nd Street for culvert replacement from July 17 through Aug. 15
King County will close both directions of NE Woodinville Duvall Road near the intersection of NE 172nd Street from Monday, July 17 to Tuesday, Aug. 15. This closure is necessary for the removal and replacement of a deteriorating culvert that carries Tuck Creek beneath the road. Local access will be maintained east and west of the construction zone, but all through-traffic will be detoured south to NE Novelty Hill Road.


June 29, 2023
Fireworks banned in unincorporated King County, violators could receive citations
The use and sale of consumer fireworks are prohibited in the unincorporated areas of King County. The county will begin enforcement of the fireworks ban and could issue citations to violators. Education about the ban and the reasons for it will still be provided.


June 2, 2023
King County Fire Marshal issues Stage 1 burn ban for the unincorporated areas that restricts yard debris fires
Amid dry conditions and high temperatures, King County Fire Marshal Chris Ricketts has issued a Stage 1 burn ban for the unincorporated areas, which prohibits yard debris fires. Recreational fires and gas/propane appliances – including grills, pellet smokers and charcoal grills – are still permitted.


May 24, 2023
Participatory Budgeting earns King County Executive's Equity, Racial & Social Justice Innovation Award
King County Executive Dow Constantine recognized Participatory Budgeting – a community driven funding program centered on racial equity – for achieving exceptional improvement results and making the county a place where every person can thrive.


April 18, 2023
King County selects Participatory Budgeting steering committee members to guide $11 million investments in urban unincorporated areas
King County is bringing back Participatory Budgeting for another round. This month, it announced the 29 steering committee members from its five urban, unincorporated areas who will help guide $11 million in community driven funding.


Feb. 13, 2023
Executive Constantine and Local Services launch Economic Alliance Program to help unincorporated King County businesses thrive
Local Services has partnered with community organizations to co-create the Economic Alliance Program, which is one of several steps Executive Dow Constantine is taking to help the region’s businesses – particularly in the unincorporated areas – emerge from the pandemic.


Jan. 30, 2023
King County seeks public comment on new documents related to Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County Subarea Plan
King County Local Services has released two documents for public review as part of its work to update the Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County Subarea Plan. Residents have until Feb. 24 to comment on the plan’s “Concept Document” and “Map Amendment Summaries.”


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