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Comprehensive Plan Update Project Schedule

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Washington State requires all counties, cities, and towns planning under the Growth Management Act to conduct a periodic review and update of its comprehensive plan and development regulations to ensure consistency with state laws and the expected population and employment projects for the next 20 years. Skagit County must complete its current periodic update, referred to here as the 2025 Update, by June 30, 2025.

What is a Comprehensive Plan?

The comprehensive plan is a set of overarching goals and vision statements to guide the physical growth and development in Skagit County while protecting natural resource lands, open space and rural areas, and creating Urban Growth Areas where development should be directed. The comprehensive plan also establishes the most appropriate uses of land in unincorporated Skagit County for the next twenty years.

Upcoming and Past Events

Upcoming Planning Commission Meetings for Draft Policies to the Comprehensive Plan Period Update
  Date Topic Public Comment Period Dates
July  7/23/2024  Rural and Natural Resources
MEMO RE: July 23, 2024, Planning Commission briefing – 2025 Periodic Comprehensive Plan Update
Appendix A, Rural Element Preliminary Policy Revisions
Appendix B, Natural Resource Lands Preliminary Policy Revisions
7/23/2024 to
8/22/2024 4:30 p.m.
August  8/13/2024  Land Use and Housing  8/13/2024 to
9/12/2024 4:30 p.m.
September  9/24/2024  Transportation, Capital Facilities, and Utilities  9/24/2024 to
10/24/2024 4:30 p.m.
October  10/22/2024  Environment and Climate Change, Resiliency
and Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction
10/22/2024 to
11/24/2024 4:30 p.m.

The above listed dates are the Planning Commission sessions where first draft policies will be presented to Planning Commission as a workshop item. A public comment period will be open for approximately a month after each draft is released for review. The Planning Commission meetings and the public comment periods will provide an opportunity for Planning Commissioners and the community to provide feedback to project staff for second draft revisions. This will be part of the first draft process and there will be a second draft review process that will include public hearings with the Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners. Please see project schedule for more information.

Further updates will be available as these meetings approach with the presentation materials and draft elements available prior to the Planning Commission meetings.   

How to Comment

Option 1
Email comments are preferred and must be sent to with the proposal name (“Skagit County’s 2025 Comprehensive Plan Draft Policies) in the subject line. Include your comments in the body of your email message rather than as attachments.

Option 2:
Paper comments must be printed on 8½x11 paper and mailed or delivered to:
Planning and Development Services Comments on “Skagit County’s 2025 Comprehensive Plan Draft Policies”
1800 Continental Place
Mount Vernon WA 98273

All comments must be received by the deadline referenced above and include your full name and mailing address. Comments not meeting these requirements will not be considered.

Future Open House

Another open house will be provided in September in Mount Vernon that will be focused on Environment and Climate Change, Resiliency and Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction. The exact date and location are to be determined. More information will be provided soon.

Past Open Houses

  • Thursday, June 20th at 5:30-7:00 PM, Anacortes Depot and Community Arts Center.
  • Wednesday, June 26th at 5:30-7:00 PM, Sedro-Woolley Community Center.
  • Thursday, June 27th at 5:30-7:00 PM, Concrete High School.

Missed our June open houses? View the posters we shared here.

Tabling Events Information

  • Saturday June 29th, Sakuma Bros Farms, 17400 Cook Road, Burlington, 1:00-7:00 PM.

Past Tabling Events:

    • Saturday June 15th, Berry Dairy Days, 520 E. Fairhaven Ave, Burlington near the Oak Street intersection, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM.
    • Monday April 8th,  Community Resources Fair for Eastern Skagit County, Concrete Community Center, 45821 Railroad Street, Concrete.
    • Saturday April 13th, Family Palooza / Health Kids, YMCA, 1901 Hoag Road, Mount Vernon.

Updates and Documents

Related Meeting Transcripts

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