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February updates from the Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council
The Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council held its regular monthly meeting on Feb. 4. Two main topics at the meeting were flood control and Ravensdale Park.
The 2013 update to the Flood Hazard Management Plan will address several needs dictated by the King County Comprehensive Plan, the King County Flood Control District, the State Growth Management Act, and requirements of the Federal flood insurance program.The Plan update will include new flood data and area needs, including the goals and inter-jurisdictional scope of the King County Flood Control District, a $35 million per year program. Those goals are to reduce flood risks, minimize environmental impacts, and manage costs. One tool used to reduce flood risks is an acquisition and relocation program for both commercial and residential properties.Flood risk focus includes local area roads and bridges, Cedar River Trail and the co-located fiber optic cable along its easement, and threatened rural and residential properties. Many of the Cedar River flood control measures, such as rock revetments, were built in the '60sand '70s and are in need of repair or replacement.The Flood Hazard Management Plan update will be released for Public Comment this spring. For information onflood control management and the plan update, please see: http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/waterandland/flooding.aspx.
The non-profit Ravensdale Park Foundation, founded by Rock Creek Sports and Maple Valley Soccer, has been working with King County Parks to design and facilitate upgrades and enhancements to Ravensdale Park through a multi-phase multi-year plan.The Area Council and local stakeholder groups have actively participated with King County Parks to achieve a neighborhood friendly plan that maintains a connection to the rural community. Phase 1, completed in January 2012, upgraded two fields. Phase 2, underway since mid-2012, will add two multi-purpose fields on the west side of the park. Further progress depends on additional funding in 2013. More information is available at www.ravensdalepark.org.
Area Council meetings are held the first Monday of each month. A public comment period at the beginning of each meeting provides citizens an opportunity to voice issues of concern to council members and government officials in attendance. The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on March 4 at the fire station located at 231st St. & SR-169.