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Urban Separators under King County Countywide Planning Policies

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Subject category: planning
Title: Urban Separators under King County Countywide Planning Policies
Feature Count: 43
Feature Type: Polygon
Abstract: Urban separators are corridors of land that define community or municipalidentities and boundaries, provide visual breaks in the urban landscape, and linkparks and open space within and outside the Urban Growth Area. These urbancorridors can include and link parks and other lands that contain significantenvironmentally sensitive features, provide wildlife habitat or critical resourceprotection, contain defining physical features, or contain historic resources. Theresidential density for land so designated should be maintained at one unit peracre.
Purpose: The Countywide Planning Policies call for the county and cities to implement urban separators. Different from the Rural Area and Natural Resource Lands, these are low-density areas within the Urban Growth Area that create open space corridors, provide a visual contrast to continuous development and reinforce the unique identities of communities. Urban separators can play a significant role in preserving environmentally critical areas and in providing habitat for fish and wildlife. They also provide recreational benefits, such as parks and trails, and meet the Growth Management Act's requirement for greenbelts and open space in the Urban Growth Area.
Status: Complete
Updated: As needed
Time period of content: (single date,as YYYYMMDD):: 20171121
Time period of content: (date range, as YYYYMMDD):: -
Spatial reference: WA State Plane North
FGDC Documentation: Classic or FAQ
Open Data Availability: Yes
Place Keywords: Pacific NW, King County, WA, Washington state,
Theme Keywords: planning, CPP, Countywide Planning Policies, Urban, Urban Separators, KCCP, Comp Plan, Comprehensive Plan, GMPC, Growth Management, Growth Management Planning Council, planningCadastre,
Lineage: Available


Maintained by:
King County GIS Center
Primary: Paul McCombs, Master GIS Analyst, 206-477-4514
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Secondary: KCGIS Center; This mailbox is monitored during business hours.

Attribute Information

_EDITDATE_Last date the feature was edited.Varies by the range of how recently features were edited. This changes on each edit of the layer.
_USERID_Network user ID for last person to edit the feature.
mccombspPaul McCombs
_NAME_Name of the specific urban separator depicted by a feature. Name is not unique, consider eliminating duplicate labels depending on the scale of your map.Names as used by the GMPC while discussing and adopting the urban separators initially. eg: Benson Hill, Leah Hill, Issaquah
_SOURCE_LAYER_The particular feature class that the feature was sourced from to compile the urban separator layer.
COMPLU_AREAComprehensive Plan Landuse layer from the KC GIS Spatial Data Warehouse
Kent_UrbsepOld project layer from the original Urban Separator development project - sourced from the city of Kent.
leahillOld project layer from the original Urban Separator development project - source unclear. Was in Unincorporated KC at the time but was slated for annexation by City of Auburn.
Renton_Urban_Separator_areaOld project layer from the original Urban Separator development project - sourced from the city of Renton.
_JURISDICTION_Determined from City_Area in Unincorporated King CountyName of the city that contains the feature, or King County where there is no City. eg: Renton, King County, Auburn


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