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2019 Docket: Comprehensive Plan Amendment

Economic Development Element


​Project ​SEPA
​Anticipated Completion ​Status
​Economic Development Element
(New Comp Plan Element)
​​ 2019 Consultant Selected



In December 2016, Island County adopted its updated Comprehensive Plan, which moved goals and policies related to economic development to a placeholder chapter, with a more intensive review and development of a full Economic Development Element deferred to a future work plan/docket.  This item was included on the 2019 Docket, and is anticipated to be a two-part project with Part 1 competed in 2019 and Part 2 completed either in 2019 or 2020.

The main purpose of this project is to prepare a the Economic Development Element of the Island County Comprehensive Plan. Emphasis will be placed setting an overall economic vision for Island County with specific attention to key transportation gateways and maximizing economic potential in those key areas. Preparation of a locally based Island County Economic Development Element will include the development of goals and policies that provide a framework for economic development in Island County as well as strategies that take advantage of the economic opportunities available to, and appropriate for, Camano and Whidbey Island.

This project will include:

  • Identification of economic trends and conditions
  • Identification of potential opportunities
  • A Gateway Study - key transportation gateways to include Clinton, Camano Gateway, North Whidbey (Deception Pass area) , and Coupeville (ferry gateway), as well as the Airports.
  • Community/stakeholder outreach
  • An Economic Development Element (Chapter 2 of the Island County Comprehensive Plan), to  include an implementation plan

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Next Steps

Island County issued a Request for Proposals in the Fall of 2018, and has selected Community Attributes, Inc. as the consultant for this project.  Phase 1 will occur in the Spring of 2019. 


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