Land-use meeting is tonight at high school

King County's proposed "Critical Areas Ordinance," designed to protect sensitive areas throughout rural parts of the county, will be debated during a public session tonight (Wednesday) in Enumclaw.

An information fair is slated for 5 to 7:30 p.m., followed by a public hearing at Enumclaw High School.

The ordinance has been contested by rural propertyowners, who feel the county is being heavy-handed in telling them what can be done with their land.

One meeting was held in early 2003, when the ordinance had first been proposed. Now, a second draft has been released and is in line for public comment. Rural land owners have long been skeptical of the county's Department of Development and Environmental Services, arguing that King County is simply limiting what can be done on private property.

The public can comment on the current ordinance at tonight's meeting or by the following means. Comments will be accepted until Nov. 21.

€ E-mail:

€ On the Web site:

€ By mail addressed to: CAO Comments, 201 S. Jackson St., Suite 600, Seattle, 98104-3855

Copies of the ordinance can be found at the Enumclaw Public Library, on the Internet (, at county offices in Seattle and Renton and at community service centers in Cottage Lake, Fall City, Northshore, Black River, Sammamish and Vashon.

It is expected that County Executive Ron Sims will forward a final draft of the Critical Areas Ordinance to the Metropolitan King County Council early next year.

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