A bill that will help ease the uncertainty over 156 acres in the heart of Maple Valley, known as the “Donut Hole,” was approved by Gov. Jay Inslee.

“The final hurdle facing this bill has been cleared,” said the bill’s prime sponsor Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah. “The people of Maple Valley will no longer have to fear the uncertainty that the Donut Hole has produced over the years. They can now be assured that their voices will be central to the future development of this property.”

Senate Bill 5417 raises the annexation threshold to include areas of up to 175 acres of unincorporated land completely surrounded by a city, or land where at least 80 percent of the area’s boundaries are contiguous and the city is planning under the Growth Management Act.

“I’d like to thank the many legislators who worked on this bill,” said Mullet. “It was a true bipartisan effort.”