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The East Lake Sammamish Trail (“ELST”) is an 11-mile regional trail located in the cities of Sammamish, Issaquah, and Redmond.  After years of planning, public comment, and environmental permit review, King County is now preparing to construct the final trail segment that extends from SE 33rd Street to Inglewood Hill Road in Sammamish.  On November 6, 2019, the City of Sammamish issued the required permits to begin construction.   

In preparation for construction, the ELST Project Team has conducted extensive field surveys by licensed professionals to document current conditions within the ELST Corridor.  These surveys have identified a number of encroachments that need to be removed because they are located within the limits of construction and will impede construction of the trail. If an adjacent property owner has an encroachment within the construction limits they have been notified by mail. 

These FAQ’s are intended to help adjacent property owners learn about how to remove items from construction limits. 

Encroachments

Encroachments are the unlawful, unauthorized, or unpermitted use of Parks’ property by another party. Any non-park use on Parks’ property that is not permitted by an executed Special Use Permit is considered an encroachment and subject to removal. 

Examples of encroachments include: 

  • Buildings or structures, such as garages, sheds, fences, playhouses or tree houses, swing sets or other play equipment; 

  • Parking spaces, patios, play or sport areas; 

  • Storage areas for belongings, such as boats, RVs, firewood, gardening equipment; and items usually kept out of sight, such as trash cans, compost bins, yard waste piles, junk cars, and other debris or litter. 

 

 

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Examples of existing conditions along South Sammamish Segment B

Encroachments within the construction limits must be removed by September 30, 2020 in order to prepare the corridor for construction.  

King County Parks conducted extensive field surveys by licensed professionals to document current conditions within the ELST Corridor.  These surveys identified a number of encroachments within the boundaries of construction. 

King County Parks is currently focused on removing encroachments that are within the limits of construction of the trail. Encroachments on King County property that are located outside of the limits of construction will be addressed at a later time. Unauthorized use of Parks’ property prevents the County from building, using or accessing property that the County owns and stewards on behalf of the public.  

Per King County Code 14.30, King County Parks is authorized to review the proposed use of Parks’ property for non-park purposes and to permit or deny such uses. Given the significant level of construction activity that will be occurring in the East Lake Sammamish Tail Corridor, there will be limited circumstances under which King County will authorize Special Use Permits during construction. During this period, King County will only consider Special Use Permit applications for extending access (ingress/egress) and utilities. Other requests will not be considered or approved during the construction period, so as to preserve and protect the corridor for development of the regional trail.  
If you wish to contest King County’s authority to remove your encroachment, please provide an explanation and any supporting documentation by March 30, 2020 to the design team at ELST@KingCounty.gov.

I intend to remove my own items that are in the way of construction:

Aerial maps have been provided to adjacent landowners identifying the clearing and grading limits and the trail corridor boundary.  If you have received a notification and have questions or if you need additional information, you may contact the project team through the project hotline at 1-888-668-4886 or project email at ELST@kingcounty.gov 

In preparation for upcoming trail construction, all encroachments must be removed by September 30, 2020. 

Under certain conditions, King County may approve the temporary use of the trail for removing encroachments. Please contact the ELST Project Hotline at 1-888-668-4886 to discuss the nature of your encroachment and the requirements for removing it. 

Any work or activity within the ELST corridor requires prior approval from King County. Please contact the ELST Project Hotline at 1-888-668-4886 to obtain an Encroachment Removal Agreement. 

All encroachments within the trail corridor must be removed and relocated to private property. 

Safety structures, like retaining walls, are to remain in place until the start of trail construction or until alternative safety measures are put in place. If you have additional questions or if you need additional information, you may contact the project team  

through the project hotline at 1-888-668-4886 or project email at ELST.kingcounty.gov

Access structures, like stairs, are to remain in place until the start of trail construction or until alternative safety measures are put in place. Please contact the ELST Project Hotline at 1-888-668-4886 if you have questions or need additional information. 

King County will track and document all costs associated with removing the encroachment(s) and provide that information to you. If you have additional questions or if you need additional information, please contact the ELST Project Hotline at 1-888-668-4886 if you have questions or need additional information.