HISTORY OF FRIENDS OF SKAGIT COUNTY
by June Kite, President (May 2001)
– County adopted County Wide Planning Policies
1992 – The first entry is made, a transfer of funds from
“Help Our Imperiled Environment”.
Checks were ordered and interest from the bank was
– May Newsletter. Kick-off
party at the Rexville Grange.
Spaghetti supper & dance.
first membership deposit was recorded for Lee Mann on
March 24, 1993. Deposits
followed for many more memberships.
(Under separate cover, individual donors were
first check written 4/28/93 was for “Articles of
Incorporation” to the Secretary of State.
This was followed by a “Bulk Mailing Permit”
from the LaConner post office.
Rick Epting’s band was paid for the
“Kick-Off” party, and the membership deposits grew. Barbara Rudge and Elsa Gruber were reimbursed for expenses.
Mailing labels were purchased for the newsletter
and Woody Deryckx (First President) attended a CLE
deposits continued. “Non-Profit
status” was received from the Department of Licensing
(Aug. 2, 1993) stamps were purchased.
In November a P.O. box was rented in Mt. Vernon.
Entries for “interest earned, deposits made,
expenses paid” continue.
1993 Newsletter: Adoption
of Bylaws and Goals (To monitor GMA by participating in
public meetings and hearings.)
General Meeting & Film “Smart Growth and
Conserving Rural Character” were reported.
1993 Newsletter: Planning
Department Open House and Citizen Advisory Committee
“Sprawl Rolls On”
– In January an application for Non-Profit Exemption was
made to the Internal Revenue Service.
The first Annual Non-profit Report to the Secretary
of State was sent (3/21/94).
The first Annual Meeting was held at the Bayview
Hall (3/23/94). And
the first Bullitt Foundation Grant was received (4/18/94)
which provided funding for a staff person for one year.
Barbara Rudge was hired.
Membership deposits, interest, expenses and
mailings were recorded.
Hard Work Pays Off”; Participation-Comments at Land Use
Element and Natural Resources Hearings held in February;
FOSC held 3 workshops on GMA and SEPA throughout the
Meeting lists 13 members of Board of Directors and 11
members of the Advisory Board.
Reports on monitoring the Comp Plan for balanced
Newsletter – Officers elected: G. Steel, President &
P. Stroosma, Vice-President; Hearings and workshop for
Land Use Element and Final EIS were held
Newsletter – Hazardous Areas and Other Critical Areas;
Transportation Element; and Capital Facilities issues
Newsletter – Gains in Land Use (20% growth in rural area
and removal of Planned Unit Developments). Add Open Space and Greenways.
Newsletter – Planning Commission Ignores GMA by allowing
residential development in forestlands and suburban
densities in rural designations.
Majority of policies should be supported, some may
require appeals to GMHB.
Newsletter – Critical Areas Need Protection Now.
Workshop by Ellen Gray from the Snohomish
– A legal account deposit for Bricklin & Gendler was
recorded (2/28/95) and the first appeals to the Growth
Management Hearings Board regarding County compliance to
GMA began. 3/8/95 Gerald Steel’s subscription to the Argus for legal
notices kept a monitoring vigilance of county planning and
A grant was received from 1000 Friends of
Washington and membership sent.
Board members Margaret Yeoman, June Kite, Andrea
Xaver and Gerald Steel received reimbursement for expenses
incurred for the Art Auction held in LaConner in July.
Shawna Wagner & Debbie Aldrich helped with the
music and food.
Coyle McClure became the key person working on the
Critical Areas Ordinance appeals &7/22).
Contributions for the appeals fund were deposited.
Nov. ’95 involvement in a lawsuit on Lanting vs.
Skagit County regarding a large development in the
Nookachamps area. Contributions
to the appeals fund continue.
Newsletter – Tug of War over property rights.
Newsletter – Legislature swamped with bills to gut GMA
Newsletter – Serious Flaws in Comprehensive Plan.
Hearings Board Ruling – Skagit County failed to
protect critical areas and natural resource lands.
– GMHB rules in favor of FOSC on all appeals.
– Grant monies and memberships were deposited and the
bulk-mailing permit was renewed.
Another Bullitt Grant was received (august) and the
Lanting Lawsuit continues.
Skagit Valley Herald calls FOSC a “Nemesis”
(Def – “Just punishment for evil deeds, a person who
punishes another for evil deeds.)
A newspaper and brochure advertising campaign for
Growth Management in Skagit County was supported by local
contributions in October.
Newsletter – County rescinds interim controls & FOSC
takes immediate action.
Starbird and Nookachamps vestment court hearings.
Newsletter – County Commissioners find new delaying
pay Seattle Attorney $210/hr to test constitutionality of
GMA. The cost of defending the Hearings Board falls on FOSC.
Public hearing for Critical Areas & Natural
Resource Lands scheduled.
Paying for Growth—Stop Sprawl in Skagit County.
Newsletter – County Commissioners pursue lawsuit
appealing Hearings Board ruling of invalidity.
The state’s right to establish and enforce the
goals of GMA disputed.
County Wide Plan Policy changes proposed (70/30
urban:rural split rather than 80/20).
Extension of water lines and major industry outside
Newsletter – 32000 acres of farm and forest lands
removed from resource lands.
– Support was given to Friends of Conway in the
opposition of a large planned unit development and golf
course in the rural area.
Grant money from the Bullitt Foundation was
received (March). Stoney
Bird was reimbursed for his slide presentations to local
sponsored a Burlington Bike Ride (July).
Newsletter – Sprawl Follows the Pipe.
Alger (Buggia) appeal Rural Level of Service.
Hearings Examiner ruled for FOSC.
Court denies Starbird project.
Nookachamps development allowed thru door.
County forms Drainage Utility.
– FOSC vs. Alger, an appeal decision regarding freeway
interchange development is files.
The Bullitt Foundation awarded a new grant (July).
In September a fee was paid to file an appeal of
the Comprehensive Plan on non-compliance issues.
Work was started on a web site (Scott Weatherly and
NetWork Solutions, Inc.)
Newsletter – Game Plan for Save the Salmon
Newsletter – Planning Commission considers changes to
Comprehensive Plan; Controversy surrounds Mineral
Plant draws local opposition; Starbird proposal of 6-pack
well systems opposed by Conway area residents.
– March was the last month with data entries by Howard
Pellet and I thank him again for his excellent management
and recording of the financial history of “Friends”.
FOSC continues its membership with 1000 Friends of
WA, sough services of Advertising management/Fund Raising
Consultant and explored an Outreach program.
Bullitt Grant was received in November but the
funds were put on hold.
Expenses for the continued work on the Critical
Areas Ordinance were recorded.
Topics – Bayview UGA agreement – requires County to
drop Court appeal (the 4th stipulated
reached agreement over 30 Comp Plan issues.
Rural Intermediate designation – GMHB allowed
county to have limited areas.
Mineral Ordinance appealed – Mineral operators
persuaded the county to cut the public review process.
Skagit County’s appeal on Commercial Designation
– Printwise did our solicitation letter.
An add was placed in the Skagit Valley Herald in
May regarding the Comp. Plan Mineral resources Ordinance.
In July an appeal was filed on the County
Administrative approval of the Woycoski RV and Horse Arena
for lack of a SEPA review (Skagit Audubon, FOSC, Evergreen
Islands, and the Tribes were co-contributors).
– Membership mailing was sent in February and response
In March and April contractual agreements for legal
representative Gerald Steel and Program Director Ellen
Gray were approved. In
May a mailing was sent to the membership for authorization
to proceed with Superior Court Case to support GMHB
decision. An office was opened in Mount Vernon with utility expenses.
Received generous equipment donations for the
in TREC Education series.
Opened email account with Fidalgo.net and obtained
the services of Kelley Bush as facilitator for the annual