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File #: 2014-0088    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 2/18/2014 In control: Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee
On agenda: Final action: 2/24/2014
Enactment date: Enactment #: 17761
Title: AN ORDINANCE authorizing the chair of the metropolitan King County council to sign a letter joining in the request by Race Track LLC/DBA Pacific Raceways to be designated as a project of statewide significance.
Sponsors: Pete von Reichbauer, Rod Dembowski, Dave Upthegrove, Jane Hague, Reagan Dunn
Attachments: 1. Ordinance 17761.pdf, 2. A. Project of Statewide Significance Letter of Approval 2-24-14, 3. A. Project of Statewide Significance Letter of Approval, 4. 17761 Amendment package 2-24-14.pdf
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AN ORDINANCE authorizing the chair of the metropolitan King County council to sign a letter joining in the request by Race Track LLC/DBA Pacific Raceways to be designated as a project of statewide significance.
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BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KING COUNTY:
SECTION 1. Findings:
A. In 43.157.005 RCW, the legislature declared that "certain investments, such as investments for industrial development, environmental improvement, and innovation activities, merit special designation and treatment by governmental bodies when they are proposed. Such investments bolster the economies of their locale and impact the economy of the state as a whole. It is the intention of the legislature to recognize projects of statewide significance and to encourage local governments and state agencies to expedite their completion."
B. Race Track LLC/DBA Pacific Raceways, located in unincorporated King County east of the city of Auburn, has indicated an intent to apply to the state of Washington for designation as a project of statewide significance.
C. Race Track LLC desires to obtain such designation as part of development of the Pacific Innovation Center, a unique facility that is expected to attract national and international companies that specialize in development of innovative automotive technology.
D. With the shift in focus towards such a technology center, future upgrades to the facility will be designed to mitigate existing noise levels and traffic impacts associated with the current use of the property.
E. The Race Track LLC proposal is intended to foster innovation and create jobs in the fields of clean technology and renewable energy, and advance King County and Executive Constantine's stated goal of bringing these industries to King County.
F. In 2011, King County adopted Ordinance 17287, a demonstration project provision developed in coordination with Race Track LLC that is tailored to provide expedited review of ...

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