Major Roles

In the context of land use, quality of life, and comprehensive planning, these are the major "who" roles important to the influence and decision system:

Stakeholders: Users or beneficiaries

Stakeholders include residents, commuters, consumers, investors (land owners, home owners and business owners), advocates (special interests, and sponsors (legislators)

Voters: Registered voters

Decision Makers: Boards, committees, and councils

Enforcers: Regulatory enforcement agencies

Service Providers: Service (e.g. utilities, police, fire) owners and delivery agencies

Citizen Participation Groups

Activist, "watchdog", associations

The Roles (Who)

The "Who" question is answered by listing all the Organizations and Individuals that are important to the system, in this case the land use influence or decision making system.

At the detail level, Documentation includes the roles along with their responsibilities, accountabilities, and authorities.  It's important to note that in this context "accountabilities" are to measurable outcomes, not just to a higher-level authority.  If higher-level authorities are used, the documentation would include the outcome objectives of that group.

Work Flow Model (Unit : Work Product)

Roles receive Inputs and use Work to produce Outputs.  Therefore the "Who" models are of Work Flow where the Who is the Work Unit and the Outputs and Inputs are Work Products.

In the Growth Management context, the major outputs are Decisions and Legislation, therefore the fundamental model is a Decision and Influence Model

To learn more about the Roles (Who) view of the system look here...  As with all architectural representations, the "who" list represents current experience.  Corrections and additions are encouraged and welcome.  eMail





Who Strategy

Align Stakeholders, Investors, Sponsors, and Advocates

Inform Voters

Influence Decision Makers

Provide Service Providers with Customer Feedback

Leverage Citizen Participation Groups

Who List & Links

  • Stakeholders
  • Voters
  • Sponsors
    • WA State Legislature
    • King County Council
  • Decision Makers
    • Boundary Review Boards
    • King County Growth Management and Unincorporated Area Council
    • Washington State Legislature
  • Enforcers
    • King County Department of Development and Environmental Services
  • Service Providers
    • Service Owners
      • King County Executive
      • Renton Mayor
    • Service Delivery
      • Safety
      • Utilities
  • Citizen Participation Groups
    • CARE
    • ERPCC
    • Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council
    • Home Owner Associations
      • Highlands Estates
      • Coalfield Crossing
      • James Russell Epptin Memorial Park
      • Lake McDonald Community Assn.
      • Laurel Lane
      • Maple Hills Maintenance Co.
      • Maplewood Heights
      • Parkside Court
      • The Meadows
      • Skyfire
      • Willowbrook Lane


Stakeholders include: Residents, Consumers, Investors, and Advocates

Residents Live in the Neighborhood. Consumers, including commuters, Use Good, Service, & Infrastructure in the NeighborhoodInvestors Speculate on Resources in the Neighborhood.  Advocates Lobby Special Interest for the Neighborhood.


Residents include anyone who considers their residence in the Neighborhood as primary short-term Residency.


Consumers include anyone that contracts for Goods & Services, both public and private, provided from or to the Neighborhood, or uses Infrastructure (e.g. roadways) inside or critically connected to the Neighborhood.

Commuters include all origination-destination possibilities (in>out, out>in, in>in, and out>out).


Investors include land owners (including developers) and home owners.

The WA State Members of The National Association of Realtors are an organization of interest.  They have written information and position statements on the NAR web site (see column to the right).  A keyword search on "washington" will yield some interesting articles on the realty situation in Washington State including writings on the WA State Growth Management Act.

As Investors, Realtors motivation is to create "churn" in the realty market and to maximize the number of Real Estate Units available.


Advocates include anyone who has a Special Interest in the Neighborhood.


Voters include all citizens currently registered to Vote.




Decision Makers

Decision Makers include government representatives.

King County Executive - Ron Sims

King County Council Representative - Reagan Dunn

Washington State Representatives:

Legislative District 41 - Position 1: Fred Jarrett (R); Position 2: Judy Clibborn (D)
Legislative District 5 - Position 1: Jay Ronde (R); Position 2: Glenn Anderson (R)

Legislative District 41 - Brian Weinstein (D) 2009
Legislative District 5 - Cheryl Pflug (R)


Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development - Growth Management Services


Assist and guide local governments, state agencies, and others in planning and achieving effective solution to manage growth and development, consistent with the Growth Management Act.

Growth Management Services Goals
  • Ensure the functions and values of critical areas are protected or enhanced.
  • Help local governments achieve success in meeting GMA requirements.
  • Assist cities and counties in meeting GMA update deadline.
  • Provide information training in the basics of GMA, related laws, and land use planning.
  • Increase GIS support for local governments and state agencies.
  • Showcase the good work of local governments in implementing GMA requirements.
  • Ensure effectiveness of Growth Management grant funding.
  • Provide timely responses to local governments submitting GMA documents for review.
  • Ensure that all staff members have opportunities for training and career development.
Program Functions

GMS provides assistance and guidance for planning under the Growth Management Act (GMA) passed in 1990. It helps cities and counties preparing for future growth to comply with the GMA and to provide facilities, services, and housing consistent with the goals of the GMA. GMS accomplishes this through its many services:

  • Providing technical and financial resources to help fully planning* local governments develop county-wide planning policies, comprehensive plans, and development regulations, including critical areas ordinances.
  • Publishing guidebooks on chapters of the comprehensive plan including land use, transportation, capital facilities, and rural areas for counties. Reference materiel from the Land Use Study Commission (LUSC).
  • Helping counties and cities plan to conserve and protect their unique resource lands and critical areas.
  • Reviewing and providing comments on local governments’ plans and regulations.
  • Presenting educational workshops and the Short Course on Local Planning for planning commissioners, local officials, and citizens.
  • Supplying minimum guidelines for resource lands and critical areas and procedural criteria for carrying out the GMA.

Service Providers

Citizens Participation Groups

Citizen Participation Groups include any individual or entity formally Advocating a position and focuses on informing the Stakeholders and/or Influencing the Decision Makers.

Until you've operated appropriately inside the "system" there is no reason to operate outside of it

The principal citizen participation groups on the east Renton plateau:

Citizens' Alliance for a Responsible Evendell (CARE)
East Renton Plateau Community Council
Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council
Home Owner Associations

Citizens' Alliance for a Responsible Evendell

CARE, a citizens activist group started in 2002, began by becoming involved in development activities attempting to influence the quality of the build out.  Over the years, CARE has been involved in a dozen or more such transactions many of which are designed to hold agencies and developers accountable for the outcomes of their developments.

As transactions were handled by CARE, an "agenda" began to emerge highlighted by the belief that King County has demonstrated that it's priorities are not with local services and that there is a great deal of pressure by the State and the County to incorporate all unincorporated areas inside the Urban Growth Boundary which includes the plateau east of Renton.

CARE is a non-profit corporation.  They provide information and education to those that chose to be on their distribution lists.

East Renton Plateau Community Council
(ERPCC) (UBI 601 812 789)

ERPCC, among other activities, campaigned for the incorporation of the Briar area on the plateau east of Renton.  Currently, they are active in campaigning against annexation of the plateau into Renton.  There agenda is based on the idea that Renton is not a quality government and is not to be trusted.

Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council

The Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council (FCUAC) is one of six area councils created by the King County Citizens Participation Initiative.  The area covered by FCUAC includes the unincorporated area on the plateau east of Renton.

FCUAC has five committees, executive, law and justice, elections, growth management, and communications.

FCUAC charter documents and membership are available on it's web site.

Home Owner Associations

Home Owner Associations are created to provide oversight of a set of covenants, conditions, and restrictions placed on the property inside a "common-interest" development.  HOAs use rules intended to protect the community and to preserve or improve property values.

The oversight responsibilities fall to volunteer committees of private owners with help from professional property managers and lawyers.

There are approximately a dozen HOAs on the plateau east of Renton.

Highland Estates NW Homeowner Association (UBI 602 40 486)
Coalfield Crossing Homeowners Association (UBI 601 466 951)
James Russell Epptin Memorial Park Homeowners Association (UBI 601 758 336)
Lake McDonald Community Association (UBI 602 304 242)
Laurel Lane Homeowners Association (UBI 602 283 731)
Maple Hills Maintenance Co. (UBI 601 134 391)
Maplewood Heights Homeowners Association (UBI 601 322 768)
Parkside Court Homeowners Association (UBI 602 225 488)
The Meadow Homeowners Association IV Willowbrook Lane Homeowners Association (UBI 601 879 953)
Skyfire Home Owner's Association

The Skyfire Home Owners' Association is a member/owner HOA and one of the HOAs active on the plateau.


Created in 1988 in response to the Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions imposed by Henderson Homes, the developer of Skyfire Ridge and applicable to the titles of the homes in Skyfire Ridge.


Currently operates these committees:

·         Structural Review Committee

·         Landscape Committee

·         Governmental Affairs Committee

·         Membership Committee

·         Emergency Planning – Block Watch Committee

The Structural Review and Landscape Committees are led by the Chief Architect who has oversight responsibility for both committees and reports to the Skyfire Home Owners’ Association’s Board of Directors

Documents and Models

The Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions document can be viewed here and the charter documents for the committees can be viewed here.

The model of the Skyfire HOA and it's position in the context model is currently being created.

Willowbrook Lane Homeowners Association (UBI 601 637 784)