After more than two years of court battles, attorney fees, struggling to be heard, and trying to champion the preservation of rural zoning and land uses in our local community, the Cedar Hills Rural Preservation Alliance (CHRPA) reached an agreement with King County and the YWCA that will allow the Passage Point housing project to proceed, conditionally. Read more...
The Cedar Hills Rural Preservation Alliance is a non-profit corporation established in November 2007 to protect the rural (zoned RA-10) Cedar Hills area from dense, urban-style housing & apartment developments. Read more about current events on our News page.
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The proposed Passage Point development is envisioned as a collaborative venture between King County, the King County Housing Authority (KCHA) and the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) to redevelop the former Cedar Hills Addiction Treatment facility (CHAT) at 15900 227th AVE SE, Maple Valley -- located within what should be the Cedar Hills Landfill's buffer -- to create housing for single-parent heads of household exiting the criminal justice system. While no one can dispute the merits of such a program, or the goals of YWCA, land use laws are being broken.
Is Passage Point an appropriate land use in rural, unincorporated King County since the property is zoned RA-10?
According to the King County Comprehensive Plan, dense apartment style housing is not consistent with the County's policies. In addition, King County has extended a 1975 Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to cover the $13+ Million dollar renovation of this facility. YWCA is proposing 46 apartments at first, with 70 units in phase II. Passage Point is a new use and expansion, beyond what the 1975 conditional use permit allows.
King County Code (KCC 21A.32.065 D) states: "No expansion shall be approved that would allow for urban growth outside the urban growth area, in conflict with King County Comprehensive Plan rural and natural resource policies and constitute impermissible urban growth outside an urban growth area."
Passage Point would be considered urban growth and it is located far outside the urban growth area.
DDES has been unable to locate the 1975 Conditional Use Permit, as well as the 1966 Special Permit.
Without those permits, how can DDES determine that the permits are still valid? What restrictions do they impose that DDES does not know about? Click here to read about detailed permit information.
Can this project succeed in rural, unincorporated King County without urban services of any kind? YWCA and DCHS were both asked for an example anywhere in the country similar in scope, size and location, but were unable to provide one. Why?
Placing low-income families in subsidized housing miles from public transportation and even further from any community services goes against all available research on this topic. Because Passage Point is an "open" campus where residents are expected to locate jobs and integrate with society, placing it in rural unincorporated King County will not serve the best interests of anyone.
Are King County laws are being broken?
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