• Board of County Commissioners schedules work session update on Fully Contained Communities proposal

    November 12, 2021

    In 2019 Skagit Partners, LLC put forward a petition to amend Comprehensive Plan policies to allow fully contained communities in Skagit County.  On November 8, 2021 at 10:30 a.m., the Skagit County Board of Commissioners will receive an update from Planning & Development services staff on this proposal and next steps in its review. No actions will be taken at this meeting, it is informational only regarding the petition and need for additional study.

    Members of the public who are interested in receiving an overview on the proposal, and listening to Commissioner discussion may join the meeting via Zoom at https://bit.ly/SkagitBoCCMtg or watch via TV21. The work session will also be available for on-demand viewing following the meeting. No public comment will be taken at this meeting.

    The petition (LR20-04) before the County aims to create a fully formed, self-sufficient community in a newly defined urban growth area.  The proposal as docketed by the Board of Commissioners does not specifically outline one project and instead looks to amend the Comprehensive Plan goals and policies to dictate the look and feel of fully contained communities in Skagit County.

    The Board of County Commissioners has recommended LR20-04 for further study. It is expected that the proposal will be under consideration for an additional year, and that the County will undertake a non-project specific environmental impact study (EIS) to gain more insight into potential impacts and alternative proposals,

    The Board of Commissioners on petition LR20-04:

    Commissioner Peter Browning said, “Growth is inevitable, whether you plan for it or not. To protect our natural resources, prevent sprawl and continue to attract workers of all income and skill ranges, it’s important that we explore all avenues for planning for growth. This proposal is one such avenue.”

    Commissioner Lisa Janicki said, “The ongoing housing crisis in Skagit County harms our families who do not have a safe place to live.   We need to develop long term solutions to define where we can build homes and safeguard the natural resources in our valley.  This process will take a long time and we need to start sooner rather than later.”

    Commissioner Ron Wesen said, “Agricultural communities don’t survive unmitigated, unplanned paving. We have to plan where building is going to occur to ensure that we know where agriculture can continue to exist. There are very few mechanisms within County control to do this- Fully contained communities is potentially one of them. Further study of this issue is in the best interest of the County.”

    If you have questions, or need additional information, please contact Skagit County Planning and Development Services Long Range Planning at 360-416-1320 or pds@co.skagit.wa.us. You can also provide input to the Board of County Commissioners at commissioner@co.skagit.wa.us.

    County Commissioners: Lisa Janicki, Peter Browning, Ron Wesen
    1800 Continental Place, Suite 100
    Mount Vernon, WA 98273


    Laura Han
    laurah@co.skagit.wa.us, 360-416-1309