Skagit County Planning Commission
The Planning Commission is the county's principal citizen advisory body on land use policy and regulations. The Washington State Planning Enabling Act directs the Planning Commission to "assist the Planning Department in carrying out its duties, including assistance in the preparation and execution of the comprehensive plan and recommendations to the department for the adoption of official controls and/or amendments..."
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About the Planning Commission
The Planning Commission was created under the authority of RCW 36.70.040 by Resolution No. 3078 on July 24, 1961, pursuant to the Planning Enabling Act, RCW Chapter 36.70. The Planning Commission consists of nine members appointed by the Chair of the Board of County Commissioners and approved by a majority of the Board. Three Planning Commission members are appointed to represent each County Commissioner district to ensure countywide geographical membership among the Planning Commission.
Contacting Planning Commissioners
Public comments on legislative land use proposals must be sent to the Department at firstname.lastname@example.org following the comment guidelines during open comment periods. To easily contact the entire Commission as a group, please email email@example.com. County email addresses for individual Planning Commissioners are in the table below.
Skagit County Board of Commissioners seeks applicants for County Planning Commission
November 5, 2019 — The Skagit County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants for the county Planning Commission. The Board of Commissioners strives to ensure that the Planning Commission is a balanced committee representing many different viewpoints. Current Planning Commissioners have backgrounds including real estate, agriculture, business, education, environmental planning, and more.
About the Planning Commission
The Planning Commission works with the Planning and Development Services Department and advises the Department and the Board of County Commissioners on proposed land use plans and regulations in unincorporated Skagit County. The Planning Commission:
More information about the Planning Commission is available at www.skagitcounty.net/planningcommission.
At this time, terms are ending for Planning Commissioners from District 3. A map identifying the district boundaries is available here. Residents of all three districts are invited to express interest for when vacancies occur.
How to Apply
To apply, please prepare a letter of interest with the following information:
Send your application no later than Friday, November 29, 2019 at 4:30 pm to the Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1800 Continental Place, Suite 100, Mount Vernon WA 98273. If you have questions, please email email@example.com or call 360-416-1300. The Board of County Commissioners expects to make appointments in August after application review and interviews.
Planning Commissioners serve four-year terms, with no limit on the number of terms. Vacancies are filled from the same commissioner district as that of the vacating member for the remainder of the unexpired term.
Training in the Open Public Meetings Act is required for Planning Commissioners no later than 90 days after the date the member takes office; at intervals of no more than four years as long as the individual is a member of the Commission.
Resources for PC Members
The following materials are useful
information for anyone interested in learning about land use planning
in Skagit County, especial new Planning Commissioners: