Proposed asphalt plant shouldn’t come to rural area
The proposed asphalt facility is not being planned for the city of Maple Valley but rather it is being proposed to be placed in the unincorporated area of King County, in fact, the rural area, along state Route 169 and the Cedar River between the cities of Maple Valley and Renton.
Local citizens have been protesting the proposed move of the Lakeside Industries’ asphalt facility from inside the Urban Growth Area — the city of Covington — to outside the UGA into the rural area.
A standing room only crowd attended the Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council’s December monthly meeting to hear Lakeside Industries representatives discuss their proposed move. Citizens were in near unanimity, as well as the GMVUAC, in rejecting the proposed move due to a variety of issues, especially zoning.
The GMVUAC has requested the King County Council, following its six month moratorium, rezone the rural area parcel to rural residential. The 2016 King County Comprehensive Plan calls for this.
KCCP Policy R-515 applies to existing, isolated industrial sites in the rural area that are recognized, but are not appropriate for new industrial uses:
“Existing industrial uses in the Rural Area outside of Rural Towns, the industrial area on the King County-designated historic site along State Route 169 or the designated industrial area adjacent to the Rural Neighborhood Commercial Center of Preston shall be zoned rural residential but may continue if they qualify as legal, nonconforming uses.”
The proposed asphalt facility is planned for the rural area of King County and hundreds of citizens stand opposed to such a move.