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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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November 19th
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Information and how to comment
on legislative land use proposals



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Kimberly Adams, Planning & Development Services Administrative Coordinator, at (360) 416-1338 or kadams@co.skagit.wa.us.

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.

emailContacting Planning Commissioners

Public comments on legislative land use proposals must be sent to the Department at pdscomments@co.skagit.wa.us following the comment guidelines during open comment periods. To easily contact the entire Commission as a group, please email planningcommission@co.skagit.wa.us. County email addresses for individual Planning Commissioners are in the table below.

Membership

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:

  • consists of nine members, three from each County Commissioner District, serving four-year terms;
  • usually meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 6 pm for an average of three hours;
  • meets at the County Commissioners Administrative Building in Mount Vernon;
  • is expected to review significant amounts of text in advance and be able to receive documents via email.

More information about the Planning Commission is available at www.skagitcounty.net/planningcommission.

Qualifications

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:

  • Name, physical address, phone number, email address;
  • Personal statement, including any applicable expertise and experience;
  • Disclosure of membership in, or affiliation with, any relevant interest groups.

Send your application no later than Friday, November 29, 2019 at 4:30 pm to the Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners at commissioners@co.skagit.wa.us or 1800 Continental Place, Suite 100, Mount Vernon WA 98273. If you have questions, please email commissioners@co.skagit.wa.us 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.

Seat District Commissioner Term Expires Most Recent OPMA Training
1
1
8/31/2022
1/8/2019
2
1
8/31/2021
1/8/2019
3
1
8/31/2020
1/8/2019
4
2
8/31/2023
1/8/2019
5
2
8/31/2023
 
6
2
8/31/2020
1/8/2019
7
3
8/31/2022
1/8/2019
8
3
8/31/2021
1/8/2019
9
3
8/31/2020
1/8/2019

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:

A "countywide planning policy" is a written policy statement or statements used solely for establishing a countywide framework from which county and city comprehensive plans are developed and adopted pursuant to the Growth Management Act (RCW 36.70A.210). Countywide planning policies (CPPs) ensure that city and county comprehensive plans are consistent with the Growth Management Act (RCW 36.70A). The "Framework Agreement" sets out the procedures for developing and adopting the CPPs.