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Ranked by Money magazine as one of the best small towns in America for 2013, Newcastle combines the convenience and choices of urban living with the comfort and community of a small town. In Newcastle residents can live, work, shop, and play, commute easily to the best jobs in the Pacific Northwest, and return home to live close to natural areas, trails and other opportunities for outdoor recreation.

 

WHAT'S NEW

 

Newcastle Celebrates Earth Day

Learn how to think globally and act locally at this year's Earth Day Celebration at Lake Boren Park Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is designed to inspire people to get involved with local environmental stewardship projects and personal sustainable practices that benefit the local community and the planet. Newcastle Earth Day features green businesses and products, kids activities, information from nonprofit environmental organizations, local music and wildlife displays. The event is made possible by Newcastle Weed Warriors, the King Conservation District in partnership with the city and other event sponsors. For a detailed schedule and more information, visit the Earth Day 2015 website.

 

Annual Police Service Highlights and Data

Newcastle Police have released a report detailing police service and crime activity in the city during 2014 to keep you informed. Read the full report by clicking this link. The Police Service Highlights section gives a narrative of police efforts and year-to-year comparisons of selected crime and police service data. The Police Service Data section provides further detail on crime and police service data. The report is produced by the City's police department in partnership with the King County Sheriff's Office Research, Planning and Informational Services and Contracts units. If you have any questions, contact our Police Chief by sending an email.

 

City Searching for a New Community Activities Commissioner

Newcastle is looking for a resident to serve on the Community Activities Commission. Commissioners volunteer their time and expertise to help facilitate community events and programs. Commissioners are passionate about events such as Concerts in the Park and Newcastle Days, city parks, trails, and recreational programs, as well as new historic and artistic initiatives. The commission meets on the second Wednesday of the month at City Hall starting at 7 p.m. Additional time to work on projects is often required. Applicants must be 18 years of age and live in Newcastle. If you are interested in participating in local government by becoming a Community Activities Commissioner, e-mail a letter of interest, resume and a completed application form to the City Clerk at saram@ci.newcastle.wa.us by 5 p.m. Friday, April 17.

 

Newcastle 2035 Process Moving Forward

What will the City of Newcastle look like 20 years from now? Your City Council is working on updating a document establishing and guiding a far-reaching vision for the city's growth and development. All public or private development projects and city regulations must be in compliance with the Comprehensive Plan. Be a part of this important moment in the city's history by reviewing the proposed Comprehensive Plan, providing written input by emailing the City Clerk, or by attending upcoming City Council meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of the month starting at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Join Voice of Washington State Panel Discussions

You can inform state decision-makers by providing input on transportation policy, taxes and funding issues through the Voice of Washington State program. Joining the panel means you can share your opinions on specific transportation issues and ideas by responding to occasional online surveys emailed to you. You can also participate in online discussion forums going on statewide. You will be able to see all the ideas and comments that get posted by citizens and you can vote for or against them as well as post your own ideas for discussion and voting. Anyone can join this free program. Go to the Voice of Washington State website to sign up today.

City Neighborhood Outreach Program

Newcastle staff would like to come to your neighborhood! We are looking for opportunities to share information about city services and neighborhood safety, and listen to your concerns, with the goal of creating a safer, more connected community. Working with residents to support our diverse, vibrant neighborhoods is part of our daily business at City Hall, and this new program reinforces that commitment, bringing City Hall to you. City staff can present information on public safety, permits and licenses, code enforcement, new developments, block watch, volunteer opportunities or natural resources. You also can meet city staff as a personal contact for:

  • Information about any city or community service
  • Help resolving a neighborhood issue or concern
  • Direct connection to city departments or resources
  • Ways to get more involved with the city and your neighborhood
  • Advice on influencing city decisions
  • Help with forming a neighborhood association or revitalizing one

Please contact Community Activities Liaison Wendy Kirchner to invite city staff to your meeting or event or to organize a meeting. Send an email to Wendy or call her at City Hall, 425-649-4444.

Stay Informed with Emergency Alert System

King County's enhanced Regional Public Information and Notification (RPIN) emergency alert system helps you stay informed about potential hazards and threats that impact your area. Upgraded features include voice messages to landline phones, added geographical filters for areas of King County, and targeted types of alerts (such as safety information and/or emergency notifications). Register your email address and/or phone device(s) to receive important safety information during an emergency. You choose the types of notifications you receive and which contact methods are used. Sign-up is free and you can update your profile anytime. Sign up at www.kingcounty.gov/safety/prepare/RPIN.aspx.

 

Environmental Review of Energize Eastide Project to Begin

A Puget Sound Energy project to build a new electric substation and transmission lines called Energize Eastside is moving into the environmental review stage. During this stage affected cities, including Newcastle, will identify and evaluate the potential adverse environmental impacts of the proposed project and issue an Environmental Impact Statement or EIS. The draft EIS will be available for public review and comment, and comments will be included in the final EIS. This document then informs the decisions of agencies involved. Visit a new website for the EIS process for more information, and learn more about this project at the Energize Eastside website.

 

Learn About Emergency Communications at 9-1-1 Academy

The 9-1-1 Citizen's Academy is a training opportunity for persons interested in a public safety dispatching career or community minded people who live or work in King County. The county is accepting applications now for a session Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Topics include the history of 9-1-1, call taking, law enforcement dispatching, specialist training, geographical areas, quality improvement and communications accreditation. Participants will spend some time plugged in observing what takes place when someone calls for help. All instructors are members of the King County Sheriff's Office Communications Center staff. For more information and to download an application, go to this county website. Applications are due March 20.

 

Final 2015 Budget Publication Available

Newcastle's Finance Director has released the final version of the city's 2015 budget book. The budget is more than a report of the city's planned revenue and expenditures. It's packed full of information about the city, including information on city services and demographics, how your city staff is organized, and planned improvement projects. One of the best ways to get to know your City of Newcastle organization is to read this comprehensive document. Download the budget book here, and to view budgets from previous years go to this city webpage.

Newcastle Featured in Neighborhoods Video

Comcast recently broadcast a video about the City of Newcastle as a Neighborhoods segment. Watch the video to get an interesting look at the community. You might find out something you didn't know. The video is a great way to commemorate the City of Newcastle's 20th anniversary of incorporation in 1994.

 

Development Activity in Newcastle

Many exciting development projects are under review at the City including a new middle school, senior living facility, projects for new apartments, and redevelopment of the former site of Mutual Materials for businesses and multifamily homes. View descriptions of these projects and a map of their locations throughout Newcastle on the planning division page. You can also find answers to these common questions on our website:

How do I schedule inspections?

Go to https://Inspection.MyBuildingPermit.com and select the inspection request option. You may also call (425) 649-4444 and ask for the inspection request line.

Who do I contact about water and sewer connections or fees?

Sewer and water in Newcastle is provided by Coal Creek Utility District, www.ccud.org or (425) 235-9200.

Do I need to contact the city if I want to remove a tree?

It is recommended you contact the city to determine if your tree is located in a Native Growth Protection Easement or critical area, or if the tree is part of a significant tree retention plan. If not, then you are allowed to remove the tree without city permission.

 

Newcastle's Newsletter

Stay informed about City events, services and other local happenings by signing up for Newcastle's email newsletter. You can also read the newsletter by clicking here.

Newcastle's Sales Tax Code is 1736 in RTA area; 4036 in non-RTA area

The City now accepts credit cards for payment.

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