The Board of Island County Commissioners adopted the updated Housing Element at a public hearing October 2, 2018. This update replaces the current Housing Element of the Comprehensive Plan in its entirety and will serve as a guiding document and resource for the County’s approach to housing.
The complete Ordinance C-97-18 can be viewed here: C-97-18
Island County updated its Comprehensive Plan in 2016, including the Housing Element. However, the County desires to update the Comprehensive Plan’s Housing Element based on more in-depth study of the County’s existing housing conditions and a more comprehensive look at the County’s policy approach to housing. As a result, the Housing Element update will do more than just revise the County’s housing policies. It is an opportunity to better understand housing needs in the County, identify barriers to housing production and affordability, and create a strategy to address the variety of housing issues through a comprehensive and consistent approach.
The Housing Element update will be based on technical data and analysis to better understand the county’s housing conditions, identify key issues, and provide context for crafting appropriate policies and action to address those issues.
The Housing Element update process is also an opportunity to engage in a community conversation about housing and housing needs within the County. Engagement with residents and other key stakeholders will allow the County to receive information about housing needs and opportunities to inform changes to policies and the creation of implementation actions.
The final Housing Element document will need to serve as a guiding document and resource for the County’s approach to housing and actions that it will take to implement that approach.
Determination of Non-Significance
SEPA Environmental Checklist
Draft Housing Element Goals and Policies
Current Adopted Housing Element
Planning Commission1/8/18Presentation of Community Housing Survey ResultsPresentation of Assets and Challenges Memo
Presentation by Joanne Pelant on Housing Human Services and the North Whidbey Affordable Housing Task Force Process
Combined Materials from Housing Element Process
PowerPoint Presentation Review of Process and Draft Goals & Policies
8/27/18 - (postponed to 9/10)
Housing Element Update Goals and Policies Final Tracked Changes
Final Draft Element and Reasonable Measures Addendum for 8/27/18
Planning Commission Findings of Fact 9/10/18
Final Draft Element and Reasonable Measures Addendum for 9-10-18
Final Public Comment Matrix for 9-10-18
Board of County Commissioners