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Director: Dale Pernula

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www.skagitcounty.net/pdscomments

Planning and Development Services invites the public to submit written comments on many types of land use issues. There are two types, with different procedures for each. It’s important to follow the process when you submit comments so that your comments make it to the right person in time for them to be considered.

Types of Proposals
  1. Legislation. Land use plans, code amendments, and map amendments are legislative matters, governed by the process for legislative proposals in SCC Chapter 14.08. These proposals have one or more written comment periods and a public hearing before the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission makes a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners, which ultimately makes the decision on what the county adopts.

  2. Permit Applications and Appeals. Permit and subdivision applications and other types of land use applications are governed by the permit procedures in SCC Chapter 14.06. Various applications have different levels of review. Some permits are issued by staff; others require public hearings before the Hearing Examiner, who usually issues the decision. For a few types of applications, the Hearing Examiner may make only a recommendation for a decision by Board of County Commissioners.
How to Comment on Legislation

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Get your written comments in before the deadline. For legislation, public comment is started with a Notice of Availability, which is posted to the proposal webpage and published as a legal notice in the Skagit Valley Herald. All comments must be received by the deadline in the Notice of Availability. The written comment deadline usually ends two days after the scheduled public hearing.

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Send your written comments to the right place. All comments must include (1) your full name, (2) your mailing address, and (3) the name of the proposal you are commenting on.

For legislation, all electronic comments must be sent via email to pdscomments@co.skagit.wa.us. Include your comments in the body of your email message rather than as attachments. If you email your comments to PDS staff, or the Planning Commissioners, or the County Commissioners, your comments will not be considered properly submitted and will not be included in the packets provided to the decision makers.

Electronic comments are preferred, but if you want to send comments via US mail, print them in black and white on 8½x11 paper and mail or deliver to:

Comments on the [name of the legislative proposal]
Planning and Development Services
1800 Continental Place
Mount Vernon WA 98273

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Be prepared for public hearing. Testimony at Planning Commission public hearings is limited to three minutes per person. You will be asked to give your name and your address before you begin speaking. You cannot yield time to other speakers. Your comments should be clear and concise; if you need to refer to specific written documents you can place a paper copy into the box at the hearing or send it via email as described above. You don’t need to bring multiple paper copies.

How to Comment on Permit Applications and Appeals

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Get your written comments in before the deadline. For permits and appeals, public comment is started with a Notice of Development Application, which is published as a legal notice in the Skagit Valley Herald. All comments must be received by the deadline in the Notice of Development Application.

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Send your written comments to the right place. All comments must include (1) your full name, (2) your mailing address, and (3) the name of the matter you are commenting on.

Electronic comments are preferred, but if you want to send comments via US mail, print them in black and white on 8½x11 paper and mail or deliver to attention of the project planner at:

Planning and Development Services
1800 Continental Place
Mount Vernon WA 98273.

For permits and appeals, all electronic comments must be submitted using the form below. To ensure comments are received and processed properly, comments are not accepted via email.

 

Please fill out the form below completely.

Full Name
Mailing Address
City
State
Zip
Email
Phone Number
Proposal Name or Permit Number
Comments:

 

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Be prepared for public hearing. If there is a public hearing for the application, it will be noted in the Notice of Development Application and will occur before the Hearing Examiner. You will be asked to give your name and your address before you begin speaking.

Your comments should be clear and concise; if you need to refer to specific written documents you can place a paper copy into the box at the hearing. You don’t need to bring multiple paper copies.

Accessibility Notice

disabiltyAnyone who plans to attend a public hearing and has special needs or disabilities should contact the Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners at 360 416-1300 at least 96 hours before the hearing to discuss and arrange any special accommodations.