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Envision Skagit 2060

es260The Envision Skagit project was intended to develop and implement a broadly supported, 50-year plan to protect the Skagit and Samish River watersheds' many environmental values, maintain our highly productive natural resource industries, and accommodate population growth in livable, walkable, and economically vibrant communities. The project recommended changes to the County's and other jurisdictions' comprehensive plans and policies addressing land use planning, community and economic development, environmental protection and natural resource conservation.

The project was a partnership among Skagit County and numerous local and regional organizations, including conservation groups, tribes, local farmers and foresters, cities, economic development interests and universities, and was funded by grants from the Environmental Protection Agency with substantial in-kind contributions from Skagit County and its partners.

The project, which concluded in 2013, won a Governor’s Smart Communities Smart Vision Award for outstanding achievement in creating livable and vibrant communities.



  • Citizen Committee
    Responsible for developing the preferred alternative to be recommended by the project. Membership: citizens and representatives of stakeholder groups.
  • Steering Committee
    Advises Skagit County on overall project direction and key strategic decisions; assists outreach to key stakeholder groups. Membership: citizen and staff leaders of stakeholder groups.
  • Technical Committees (Growth Management; Agriculture; Forestry; Ecosystem).
    Coordinate and perform technical work in support of the project. Membership: staff leading different aspects of the technical analysis.

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