In 2000, the City of Maple Valley purchased the property now referred to as the Maple Valley Place/Legacy Site, which is a 50-acre site located on the Maple Valley Highway across from the Rock Creek Elementary School complex. In February 2001, the City Council appointed the Maple Valley Place/Legacy Site Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC), and charged the Committee with the task of recommending to Council one preferred master site plan for the future use of the 50-acre parcel.
The parcel was purchased through a bond initiative. One of the requirements under the bond, and a restriction that the CAC had to accommodate, is that at least 25 acres (or at least 50 percent) of the 50 acres shall be used for public purposes. A public purpose may include active and passive park uses, open space, municipal or other governmental agency buildings or uses, or other public uses that are consistent with the bond covenants placed on the Site.
With the guidance of the City Council's Charge and input from citizens, consultants, and staff, the CAC dedicated over three years of energy, imagination, and commitment to the study of the potential highest and best use of the Site. The CAC undertook and implemented an exceedingly wide array of special planning studies, public outreach efforts, explorations, and activities, which augmented the CAC's regular meetings. Citizen input came through a public field trip discovery exploration of the Site and Town Hall Meeting in the summer of 2001, a two-day design charrette, an informal public dinner meeting of the CAC, and a colloquium in April of 2002 featuring informative regional speakers who discussed public legacies.
While evaluating an overview of the City, the CAC observed that the near physical center of the City, based on its current limits, was the 50-acre parcel that fronted Maple Valley Highway to the east and connected to the Green to Cedar Rivers Trail to the west. The CAC viewed the Site in the broader context of the properties that surrounded it and its relationship to other key land uses in the City, such as Lake Wilderness, Lake Wilderness Park and Lodge, the Four Corners commercial area, and the Rock Creek Open Space. Accordingly, the CAC's planning principles focused on the Site itself, but acknowledged and made recommendations about the Site's interrelation with other aspects of the City.
Ongoing deliberations led the CAC to the conclusion that the Committee could best fulfill its charge from the City Council by recommending elements to form a framework for development of the 50-acre Site. Their Final Report was completed, and on June 27, 2005, the Maple Valley Place/Legacy Site CAC presented its report to the City Council.
The CAC's recommendations to Council emphasize a mixed-use approach and constitute a blueprint for the future use of this public asset and include provision for community gathering places, recreation, pedestrian and bicycle uses, education facilities, along with office and commercial uses. All of the elements selected for the Site must interrelate effectively and complement existing uses, including the Lake Wilderness Lodge and Park, ongoing improvements to the City's infrastructure, and a high standard of environmental balance.
The City Council appreciates the dedication of all of the members of the CAC who committed extensive volunteer hours to develop a plan for this Site. Current members of the CAC include: Chair Bill Woodcock, Vice Chair Sue VanRuff, Kristie Anderson, Jon Kinsley, Eric Larson, and Debbie Malone. Council liaisons to the Committee are Victoria Laise Jonas and Noel Gerken.
In 2006 the City Council passed Resolution No. R-06-486. clarifying its desire to retain the availability of the valuable research and retrospective that the members of the Maple Valley Place/Legacy Project Committee can provide to the City of Maple Valley Economic Development Committee, sub-area planning consultants, and other local groups regarding the potential development of the Maple Valley Place/Legacy Site. While the Committee is no longer required to hold meetings, per Council request, the Committee selected Eric Larson to represnt the Legacy Site Committee as an ex officio member on the Economic Development Committee, and on occasion the members are asked to provide information to various interest groups about the Committee's recommendations.
For details of the plan, the CAC's Final Report is available to view at City Hall, 22017 SE Wax Road, Suite 200, or click on the link below. For additonal information, please contact Executive Assistant Dorothy Stickney at 425-413-8800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.