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2019 Docket: Comprehensive Plan Amendment

Economic Development Element


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

Non-Project Action

DNS Anticipated



Draft Economic Trends & Conditions Report (08-01-19)


Open Now:  Gateway Property & Business Owner Survey

Emphasis in this project will be placed on setting an overall economic vision for Island County with specific attention to seven key transportation gateways and maximizing economic potential in those areas.  The gateways in this study: the Camano Gateway, Deception Pass, Clinton, and Coupeville Ferry (Keystone) entryways and the Eisenberg, South Whidbey, and Camano airparks.

If you own property and/or a business in one of the gateway study areas listed above, please complete ourGATEWAY SURVEY. It should take 15 minutes or less to complete, and will be an invaluable tool as we look at planning for the future of these gateways.

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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 completed either in late 2019 or early 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

  • The consultant team is working hard to gather data on economic trends and conditions, and are preparing a draft Trends & Conditions Summary Report with information and analysis. 
  • The Island County Board of Commissioners and the Planning Commission will discuss the draft Trends report at their meetings on August 7th and 12th, respectively.  They will also review stakeholder feedback to-date and to discuss goals and direction for the gateways. 

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