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Community Collaboration to Finalize Code  

October 2017 - June 2018

Staff will be holding a number of meetings and interviews with stakeholders to discuss code sections and impacts of the transition to the new code, and to ensure that public concerns and aspirations are consistently understood.  We will work with you to ensure that your concerns and aspirations are reflected in the code options to the maximum extent possible. 

View the Events Calendar - Many events scheduled for April and May of 2018!

We would love to come to you!  If you would like to arrange for staff to come to you to talk with your small group (your office, small meeting of neighbors, or group of business owners, etc.), we can do that!  Contact b.frey@co.island.wa.us or call 360-679-7365.

—Additional community workshops will be scheduled in 2018.  SUBSCRIBE to our Freeland email updates to be sure you stay up-to-date. 


 Freeland Regulations Summary

2017 Work Plan:  Development Regulation Update

Freeland Development Regulations


Project Description Anticipated
SEPA Process
Anticipated Completion Status
Freeland Development Regulations
(Implementing the Subarea Plan)
DNS Summer 2018* Ongoing

Project Update:

Thank you for your participation at our workshops and community conference earlier this year and your extensive public comments on the draft regulations.  If you have followed the development of the Freeland Zoning Code, you know that we were targeting adoption in August or September of 2018. 

We will not be adopting in September. 
We apologize for the delay and any inconvenience this is causing.

We have had some staffing transitions and workload juggling issues that are impacting the timeline, and we are still trying to figure out what it is going to mean (how long of a delay).  We are still trying our best to get this done this year.  It is very possible, however, that we will not be adopting until after the first of the year, esp since another staff member working on this project will be leaving us soon (retiring). 

We do not have an updated schedule at this point, but we do know:

  • Expect a new draft (version 3.0) within the next few weeks - We are wrapping up the process of incorporating all the feedback we have received, and will be publishing a new draft soon. 
  • By the end of September we will be able to make a call on if a 2018 adoption is going to happen, and will keep you appraised.  Again, it is very possible that we may roll over into the new year. 

Again, we apologize for the delay and any inconvenience this delay is causing.  We appreciate your participation in this process and your patience as we work through this very large project. 


Project Summary


Development Regulations are being drafted for properties within the Freeland Non-Municipal Urban Growth Area (NMUGA).  Only those properties that are within the NMUGA, as revised in 2016, will be subject to the new regulations.  The new regulations will transition Freeland from rural to urban standards, based upon the adopted Freeland Subarea Plan

Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to our Freeland email updates to be a part of the process for creating the new code. 


Goals & Objectives

  • Implementation of the Freeland Subarea Plan. 
  • Emphasize Character.  Creating development standards with a "rural village" character for the NMUGA.
  • Usability.  Easy to read code, with tables and illustrations throughout for clarity.
  • Balance predictability with flexibility
  • Create a land use designation of NMUGA as separate from the zoning districts (currently the land use designations are the same as the zoning, making all rezonings a Plan amendment).  This is the same decoupling process that the County went through during the 2016 update of the Comprehensive Plan, and will require an amendment to the Subarea Plan to reflect the change.


Code Drafts


Meetings & Events

Events Calendar  - open houses & workshops; materials posted below after the event:

​Meeting Date ​Event/Topics ​Materials
03/27 ​Chamber of Commerce Presentation
04/12 Open House

Zoning Map
Poster Boards

​04/16 Workshop - Residential Districts

Code Options Feedback Forms

​04/19 Workshop - Commercial Standards, Part 1 Presentation
​04/25 Workshop - Commercial Standards, Part 1​ Presentation
​04/30 Workshop - Residential Districts Presentation
Code Options Feedback Forms
05/01 Workshop - Commercial Standards, Part 2 Presentation
​05/03 Workshop - Commercial Standards, Part 2 Presentation
​05/10 Workshop - Commercial Standards, Part 3

Fast Food Handout

​05/17 Workshop - Commercial Standards, Part 3 Presentation
Fast Food Handout



Discussion Questions


Implementation & Phasing (includes septic/sewer info)
 - Overview Handout

Zoning Districts, Overlays & Amendments
 - Draft 2.1 Code Provisions:
    - Zoning Amendments 
    - View Corridor & 525
 - View Corridor Activity


Zoning Posters

General Info Posters


Residential Buildings & Sites (includes new plats)
 - Overview Handout

* Additional workshops will be scheduled if needed.   


Planning Commission Meeting Documents

Tentative Schedule for Planning Commission discussions:

​Meeting Date ​Topics* ​Materials
08/28/17 ​proposed separation of land use designations from the zoning districts (a.k.a. "de-coupling") Staff Memo (see pg 5)
09/11 ​rezoning criteria Staff Memo
10/09 ​zoning districts, permitted uses​, rezoning criteria Freeland PPT,
Zoning Districts & Uses (11x17s);
Option - Limited Transitions
; draft code sections for discussion of options - rezoning criteria & permitted uses
10/23 ​parking, signs, landscaping & screening

Staff Memo,
Freeland PPT

11/13 ​block frontages, building type standards, commercial & MF design standards

Staff Memo (see pg 2),

PPT Slides from BOCC mtg on 12/6

11/27 ​other changes to ICC (Section 17.03.180, etc.) to add/implement Freeland districts Staff Memo
12/11 ​discussion of definitions for hotel/motel and artist studio and artisan workshop ​n/a - discussion only
​01/08/18 ​lighting provisions Staff Memo,
Draft Lighting Code,
ICC 17.03.180.T.11_Lighting,
01/22             ​draft revisions to Island County Code to implement Freeland development regulations

Staff Memo
Chapter 16 ICC 
Chapter 17 ICC

03/12 revised draft code

Staff Memo
Freeland Code - Draft v 2.0
Chapter 11 ICC
Chapter 15 ICC
Chapter 17 ICC (v. 2.0)


Code Options Handout

0​3/26 Mtg. Cancelled
0​4/09 Subarea Plan revisions​ & Code Options​ ​(no new materials, continued from 3/12 meeting)

* Subject to change.  

Planning Commission agendas and materials


Next Steps / Estimated Timeline

Staff is currently discussing policy options with the Planning Commission and the Board, finalizing the draft code, and will be scheduling a series of stakeholder meetings and community events for public review and scenario testing prior to adoption.   A public hearing before the Planning Commission is expected in July of 2018 (subject to change).


Staff Contact

Project Updates

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