State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)

King County completed their SEPA Checklist process for the proposed Beverage Ordinance, as required by WA State law.

The SEPA review process identifies and analyzes environmental impacts associated with governmental decisions. These decisions may be related to issuing permits for private projects, constructing public facilities, or adopting regulations, policies, and plans.

The SEPA review process helps agency decision-makers, applicants, and the public understand how the entire proposal will affect the environment. SEPA can be used to modify or deny a proposal to avoid, reduce, or compensate for probable impacts.

To make a long story short…King County just issued a Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) on their SEPA Checklist for the Beverage Ordinance. What this means is “the responsible [County] official finds that the above-described proposal [the Beverage Ordinance] does not pose a probable significant adverse impact to the environment.” In other words, the County is saying that allowing commercial development in our RA neighborhoods, on RA agriculture buffer lands, and on the APD farmland itself will have NO environmental impact. Zero. Nothing to see here. Move on.

[Click here to go to the County’s SEPA Checklist and DNS on the Published Notices tab.]

Per SEPA process, FoSV submitted a response to the DNS, consisting of four letters (below), by the May 17 deadline. Note that many other individuals also sent response letters as well. Submitting a response allows us to challenge the SEPA DNS as part of our legal case with the WA State Growth Management Hearings Board, which we intend to do if necessary.

FoSV SEPA Intro

FoSV Lawyer SEPA Comments

Roberta Lewandowski SEPA Memo

Barbara Lau SEPA Memo