a chronological overview of the milestones, key documents, and other news related to the beverage ordinance, the sammamish valley, and fosv

September 16: On Sept 10 King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci introduced an updated version of the Adult Beverage Ordinance. The King County Council Committee of the Whole (COW) met September 16 to consider the updated Ordinance but did NOT vote to pass the Ordinance to the Council for a final stamp of approval, as expected. Instead they decided to get more input from the community first and vote in the next COW meeting on October 7 at 1:30 pm.

June 12: On June 12 the full King County Council held a public hearing on the proposed Beverage Ordinance. After two hours of public testimony - the vast majority of it by dozens of FoSV supporters - the Council concluded that the Ordinance is not ready for a vote and needs more work. The Councilmembers agreed to send it to their Committee of the Whole, which includes all Councilmembers and is chaired by Joe McDermott. This enables all stakeholders to address previously overlooked issues. FoSV looks forward to working closely with all Councilmembers on drafting an Ordinance that protects the Sammamish Valley, while allowing for responsible development.

June 4: King County Councilmembers Claudia Balducci and Kathy Lambert hosted a “Winery, Brewery and Distillery Code Update Community Meeting” starting at 6:00pm at the Lake Washington United Methodist Church at 7525 132nd Ave. NE, Kirkland 98033. FoSV supporters had a very strong presence at this meeting and made their concerns known!

SEPA: SEPA stands for State Environmental Policy Act. A SEPA review process identifies and analyzes environmental impacts associated with governmental decisions - like the Beverage Ordinance. Click here to learn more about King County’s issuance of a Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) on their SEPA Checklist for the Beverage Ordinance - and what FoSV is doing to respond.

Email KCC: Let the King County Council know that you support FoSV’s position on the proposed Beverage Ordinance. Click here to be taken to email content that you can edit, which is pre-addressed to the relevant members of the Council. If you would like to create your own email, click here to find the email addresses for all KCC members.