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Director: Dale Pernula

Hamilton Public Development Authority
Skagit County Floodway Mitigation & Hamilton Relocation Program

The vision of the Hamilton Public Development Authority (PDA) is to develop and implement a permanent flood mitigation solution that restores the Town of Hamilton as a viable and desirable municipality in and around which to live and work, reduces repetitive losses from flood-prone areas of Skagit County, and enhances our riparian natural resources.

Realizing this vision requires:

  • County adoption of the Hamilton Subarea Plan and approval of the Urban Growth Area (UGA)
  • Public-private partnerships to purchase UGA land area and develop infrastructure
  • Purchase floodway properties and transfer development rights to the UGA
  • Develop commercial and residential districts for the UGA, including a variety of affordable housing options

Board of County Commissioners Approves Hamilton Relocation Subarea Plan and Urban Growth Area Expansion

On Tuesday, August 12, the Board of County Commissioners approved a long-awaited expansion of the Town of Hamilton Urban Growth Area that is an important step in the town’s efforts to relocate itself out of the Skagit River floodway.

“Your action is really going to create a lasting legacy for upriver communities, that over time will significantly alter or change lifestyles up there — not only by protecting the people and property with the town of Hamilton relocation but also by providing an opportunity to diversify our rural economy,” Planning and Development Services Department Director Gary Christensen told the Board.

The 107-acre expansion of the Urban Growth Area provides the town with 48 acres outside of the floodway for the relocation of its old town commercial center and residential areas. The expansion also adds 59 acres owned by Janicki Industries where the company is building a manufacturing facility similar to its existing facilities in Sedro-Woolley. The action by the Board also designates 157 acres to the northeast of the new UGA as “Hamilton Urban Reserve,” indicating the town’s long-term plans to expand into that area.


Town of Hamilton Urban Growth Area Expansion Proposal : May 22, 2008
The Skagit County Planning and Development Services Department will release for public review and comment a revised and downsized Town of Hamilton Urban Growth Area Expansion Proposal on Friday, May 23rd, 2008. The Department will accept written comments on the proposal through Tuesday, June 10, 2008. A public hearing will be held before the Skagit County Planning Commission on Tuesday, June 10, 2008.

   

The Skagit County Planning and Development Services Department has released for public review and comment the Town of Hamilton Comprehensive Subarea Plan and Urban Growth Area Expansion Proposal on Thursday, December 27, 2007. The Department will accept written comments on the Proposal through Friday, February 29th, 2008. A public hearing will be held before the Skagit County Planning Commission on Tuesday, March 4, 2008, at the time and location indicated below.

 

DEIS/UGA

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Draft Environmental Impact Statement to Evaluate Subarea Plan for Expansion of the Urban Growth Area, April 18, 2007

Appendix A - Subarea Plan and CIP

Appendix B - Maps:

Appendix C -

Appendix D - SC Haz Mit Plan Excerpts

Appendix E


Appendix F - Critical Areas Assessment

Appendix G - Overview of Benefit Cost Analysis

Appendix H - Land Trust Model

Appendix I - Transfer and Purchase of Deevlopment Rights

Appendix J - LEED for Homes Program

Appendix K - Hamilton Socio-Economic Statistics

Appendix L - Community Planning and CAC (6MB)

Appendix M - Comment Letters