Second Public Hearing on
2019 Comprehensive Plan Docketing
March 11, 2019, 11 am - noon.
Skagit Co. Administration Building Auditorium
Public comments accepted on any proposed
policy, code or mapping changes.
Click on links above to see how to comment
and proposed items.
You can also read comments already received
to see what others are saying.
Skagit County Planning Commission Next Meeting
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Click here for meeting agendas & other information.
Please confirm future meeting dates at the County website under Planning
Second and Fourth
Tuesday, 6 p.m. unless otherwise scheduled.
for the agenda.
County Administration Building Hearing Room
Continental Place, Mount Vernon, WA
Agendas, transcripts & video of past Planning Commission
Please check the website to confirm the meeting time, date
Public Comments - 3 minutes per person at the beginning of
each Planning Commission meeting. Comments cannot be
about items under deliberation by the Planning Commission on
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For more information, contact Linda Christensen, Planning &
Development Services Administrative Coordinator, at (360)
Proposed 2018 Comprehensive Plan Amendments
Update on 2017 proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments
The Board of County Commissioners accepted a
few of the citizen proposed amendments and added a few of
the suggested amendments to the Planning and Development
Services Department work plan for 2017. Thank you to all who
read the proposed amendments and the
staff report on each proposal and made comments to
Planning and Development Services by email by Thursday, Dec.
8, 2016, 4:30 pm. We urged the County to evaluate the
success of Conservation and Reserve Development (CaRDs) and
involve citizens in this process. We also requested
establishing a standing Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) to
assist the Planning Commission in its consideration for
annual and 8-year Comprehensive Plan, planning policies and
We still support standing citizen committees
to work on the annual and 8 year Comprehensive Plan updates.
The BOCC rejected a proposal to change the county's
codes, comprehensive plan and policies to allow Fully
Contained Communities (FCCs) in Skagit County (currently not
permitted). The Avalon project would provide homes for
another 8,500 residents on 1200 acres of land currently
zoned rural resource, agriculture and other rural zones.
Thank you for telling the County Commissioners you
oppose a stand
alone community outside of cities and Urban Growth
Boundaries (UGAs) because the cities, towns and county
currently have enough development capacity to accommodate
the projected population growth.
Plan (SMP) update
The Planning Commission is still deliberating
on the Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) update. Please
Shoreline update website for upcoming meetings.
ACTION ALERT: Do you have an idea for better land
use planning policy?
Here's your opportunity to tell the County
policies that you want to see for no charge. Every
year the County accepts suggestions for changes or additions
to the Comprehensive Plan, county planning policies or
Go to the Skagit County website and fill out
Comprehensive Plan Policy or Development Regulation Amendment Suggestion Form (Word .docx)
(instructions on the form) and email to
firstname.lastname@example.org by July 29th, 4:30 pm
IF YOU MISSED THIS YEAR'S DEADLINE, SEND YOUR
SUGGESTIONS ANYWAY TO BE CONSIDERED IN THE 2018 UPDATE
2016 Comprehensive Plan Update comments due June 23, 2016,
Send comments to
email@example.com or deliver to County
Administration Building, 1800 Continental Place, Mount
Vernon or fax 360-336-9307.
Please see the
2016 Comprehensive Plan update page for drafts of the
Comprehensive Plan, Development Codes, Countywide Planning
Policies and other information including staff reports.
Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) update - April 4, 2016, 4:30
If you missed the
comment period, you can still submit comments that can be
read by the public but not considered on the record.
firstname.lastname@example.org and put SMP Update Comments
in the subject line. All SMP documents are
The Shoreline Management Plan (SmP) was
passed by a citizen referendum in 1972. This is the
first update since that time. Please take the time to
read the new proposed rules and make comments, especially if
you are property owner of land within the freshwater and
marine shoreline areas.
Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) update PUBLIC HEARING -
March 15, 2016, 6 pm County Hearing Room 1800 Continental
Place, Mount Vernon.
Please email comment on the 2015 Comp Plan amendments &
Comments are due by
Thursday, Oct. 29th, 4:30 pm on the proposed policy,
development and map
amendments to the Comprehensive Plan. Among these
20 proposals from citizens to improve public
participation, the comprehensive plan, code and policy
stand alone Urban Growth Area (UGA) 1,200 home
development in the Avalon Golf Course area proposed by
Providing sewer and water services to Raspberry Ridge
affordable housing (existing & proposed)
Expanding the Mineral Resource Overlay by 38 acres by
Lake Erie Trucking
of Sedro Woolley UGA expansion to include Northern State
campus and exclude other properties from the UGA.
Adding residential zoning back into Bay View Ridge UGA
development proposals in Edison
oppose sprawl and want to keep Skagit County rural, please
take the time to read the proposals and make comments.
There is no limit to the number of pages or additional
documents that can be submitted for review.
submit comments by
regular mail or fax to the Board of County Commissioners,
1800 Continental Place, Suite 100, Mount Vernon, WA 98273,
360-336-9300 phone; 360-336-9307 fax.
Updates on the CDI (formerly TDR) Program
Following the recommendations of the Skagit County Planning
Commission, the Board of County Commissioners did not pass
the Conservation and Development Incentives Program.
Skagit Planning Commission Meeting
Public Hearing on the proposed C&DI Program Nov. 2,
Tuesday, 6 p.m.
County Administration Building Hearing Room
Continental Place, Mount Vernon, WA
Conservation and Development Incentives Program (including
TDR Transfer of Development Rights)
agenda for this meeting will include the Proposals for the
2014 Comprehensive Plan update which includes the continued deliberation
on the application for re-zoning Birdsview Brewery and a
public hearing on
& Development Incentives Program - CDIP (formerly
known as Transfer of Development Rights (TDR).
opposes using Transfer of Development Rights in farms and
forests. TDR programs depend upon the development
market demands for density in receiving areas (cities, towns
or UGAs Urban Growth Areas around cities/towns). Skagit's Farmland Legacy Program
(FLP), funded by your tax dollars, already conserve farmland
in perpetuity. TDRs are used where planning and zoning have
failed to conserve open space, farmland, forests, critical
areas and natural habitat areas. Skagit County's
Comprehensive Plan, passed in 1997, has successfully
preserved much of our resource lands. Please come and tell the Planning Commissioners
your opinion on whether we need a TDR program in Skagit
Shell Anacortes Rail Unloading Facility
Scoping Comment Period - Sept. 21 - Nov. 5,
Scoping Meeting - Please attend!
October 13, Mount Vernon Best Western Plus,
2300 Market ST.
Anacortes Middle School 2202 M. Ave., Oct.
5: 30 pm - 7:30 PM Facilitated verbal public
Instructions on how to comment.
4 - 8 pm Open house with information about
the proposed project
Shell Puget Sound
Refinery is located on March Point, along Padilla Bay.
Shell proposed to build a rail spur from the existing BNSF
Railway mainline onto Shell property to accommodate unit
trains of 102 tank cars transporting crude oil. The
facility is being designed to receive and unload a maximum
of 6 unit trains per week. The project also involves
installing equipment and facilities to pump oil from rail
cars to existing tanks within the refinery, construction of
several stormwater retention ponds and other safety and
spill response measures. In addition, Shell proposes
mitigation for approximately 26 acres of on-site wetland
impacts through restoration of a portion of a nearby tree
farm on Padilla Bay back to tidally-influenced estuary.
The oil received by rail at this facility will be used to
replace and supplement oils that Shell currently receives by
ship. The proposed project does not increase Shell's
Skagit County To Hold 4 Community Planning Workshops-The
public is invited, plan to attend & bring your friends and
Tuesday, September 22nd, Anacortes
October 8, Concrete High Schoool
October 27, Big Lake Fire Dept.
November 10, Edison Elementary School
Open House: 5:30 pm - 6 pm
Program: 6 pm - 8:00 pm
The Skagit County
Planning Department is holding these workshops as part of
the County's 7 year Comprehensive Plan update process.
This is a good opportunity to come and learn about the
update and bring your questions and concerns to the Planning
Department staff and any elected officials who attend.
Some members of the Skagit County Planning Commission will
Skagit Transit Community Meeting
Sept. 14, 2015, 2 pm, Anacortes Senior Center 1701 22nd St.,
Transit is seeking community input on transit needs in the
South Fidalgo and March Point areas. The Skagit Board
of Directors has directed staff to use community feedback to
understand transit needs and develop possible transit
options for serving these areas. For info contact
Carolyn Chase - 360-757-8801.
Skagit Council of Governments
Upcoming Meetings - check here.
SCOG 2015 Regional Forum
Thursday, September 17, 2015, Skagit Station, 105 Kincaid
St., Mount Vernon
Discussion with staff starts at 5 pm with program at 6 pm.
print this flyer and post in your community and/or send
to friends and ask them to attend! SCOG spends
millions of your tax dollars on transportation projects.
Let them know what you think is important to fund and what
you need in your area of Skagit County.
Skagit Council of Governments Transportation Policy Board
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
of Anacortes Meeting Room, 100 Commercial Ave., Anacortes
Open to the public with 3 minute public comments at the
start of the meetings.
Agenda: Discussion of proposed additions to the
SCOG public participation plan including forming a Citizen
Regular SCOG Board meeting at 2:30 p.m. same location.
Stormwater Code Update
The Skagit County
Planning Commission completed its deliberations on the
update to the County's Stormwater Code. You can read
the recommendations they made to the Skagit Co.
here. Read the recorded motion as well as the
staff memos and other documents to understand if this
applies to your land in your neighborhood.
Wa State Dept. of Ecology (DOE) Stormwater Handbook
Skagit Co. Planning Commission
NO Regular Meetings in August
Next Regular Meeting 2015 6 pm.
meetings are open to the public and you can comment at the
beginning of the meetings about topics NOT
on the agenda
for a public hear on that date. You can watch
live or on demand in the archived programs. The
Skagit County Planning Commission's regular meeting schedule
for 2015 is the first Tuesday of every month.
Regular meetings begin at 6 p.m. in the Commissioners'
Hearing Room, 1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon. For
further information, contact Linda Christensen, Planning &
Development Services, (360) 419-7620 or
Skagit County 2016 Comprehensive Plan
Comprehensive Plan Resolution passed by BOCC on Dec. 16,
under the Consent Agenda, Dec. 29, 2014)
resolution includes the items that will be
considered in the 2016 Comprehensive Plan update. The
CP update is only done every 7 years; the annual
updates are for mapping and/or UGA changes and does not
usually address policy or development regulations
changes. The County opted NOT to appoint a Citizen
Advisory Committee (CAC) to do the review and appointed
the Skagit Co. Planning Commission as a substitute for
the CAC. The Planning Commission will hold public
hearings on the issues in this resolution before July,
2015. The update is to be completed and adopted before
the end of 2016; however the July deadline is for
proposals for Comprehensive Plan amendments to be
considered by the Planning Commission and the Board of
County Commissioners. Anyone can submit a Comprehensive
Plan amendment without charge. The instruction sheet
for the CP amendment submission incorrectly stated that
a $5,000 fee would be charged for CP amendments. The
fee ONLY applies to development applications.
read, share with friends and neighbors and discuss if
you have concerns which are NOT going to be addressed in
the review. If you wish to submit a CP amendment please
go to the link below to view and download the form. The
form can be submitted anytime before the July, 2015