All residents of the unincorporated areas of King County would have a single point of contact for county services, with teams of existing staff assigned to work with community groups, under a reform of the public engagement process for the unincorporated areas proposed April 18 by County Executive Dow Constantine.
The new framework was requested last fall by the Metropolitan King County Council as part of the adopted budget.
“All residents should be able to have meaningful involvement in the decisions that impact their communities, and that’s just as true for those who live in unincorporated areas as those in cities,” said Constantine.
The Executive’s proposal would define Community Service Areas (CSA’s) that encompass all of unincorporated King County, including areas without representation by an Unincorporated Area Council (UAC), providing a conduit for greater participation by all residents in an annual work program for each CSA and annual meetings.
Interbranch teams of existing staff from across the spectrum of county programs and services would coordinate public outreach and service delivery in each CSA, in close collaboration with the county councilmember for that district. Staff would continue working with UACs while expanding outreach to include work with community councils and other organizations.
King County serves as the local government for the 284,000 residents who live in unincorporated areas outside the boundaries of the 39 local cities.
Over the coming months, the Executive will work on defining the boundaries of the CSA’s, establish guidelines for the interbranch teams, and develop other elements of engagement with the assistance and involvement of the UACs, county councilmembers, and other stakeholders and community members.
The Executive will send his final proposal to the County Council in September along with his proposed budget for 2012.