A division of the Island County Planning & Community Development Department. Long-Range Planners are responsible for:
Maintaining and updating the County's Comprehensive PlanDeveloping subarea plans through active community engagementInforming stakeholders and encouraging participation in the planning processWorking with staff to identify issues relating to Island County Code and permit processing. Proposing and processing amendments to the Island County CodeImplementing and updating the County-Wide Planning PoliciesCoordinating land-use planning efforts between local jurisdictions, Naval Base Whidbey Island, and the CountyPlanning for projected population growth and allocation by jurisdictionMaking recommendations regarding the adjustment of Urban Growth BoundariesManaging the Department's Email Subscriptions (lists available: Comprehensive Plan, Freeland Subarea Plan, Critical Areas, Development Regulation Updates, Shorelines)
The Washington State Planning Enabling Act (Chapter 36.70 RCW) authorizes counties, cities, and towns to adopt planning and land use regulations.
Island County also operates under the State's Growth Management Act (Chapter 36.70A RCW) which was passed by the State Legislature in 1990 as a mechanism for managing growth and development.
The State Department of Commerce oversees implementation of the Growth Management Act.
The Docket consists of amendments that are proposed to be made to the County's Comprehensive Plan (known as Comprehensive Plan Amendments, or CPAs).The work plan includes regulatory updates that do not require an amendment as well as items that may move forward in the future as a Comprehensive Plan amendment.
Please visit our Yearly Work Plan webpage to view what is on the docket for this year.