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Planning Commission Process

1. Draft documents are transmitted to the Planning Commission for review.

2. Department staff briefs the Planning Commission at a public meeting, providing background information, going over the proposal documents and answering the Planning Commission's questions.   Electronic and paper copies are available for public review in person and online.

3.  Public hearing is held by the Planning Commission.  This is an opportunity for citizens to approach the Planning Commission and provide comments about the proposal. It is an opportunity to ask questions, provide input and express an opinion.  It is very helpful for the Planning Commission to hear specifics to better facilitate their deliberations.

4.  Changes are proposed based on agency and public comments.

5. Planning Commission deliberates at a public meeting.  The public is encouraged to come and listen, but there is not the opportunity for public testimony. The Planning Commission deliberates, asks questions of staff, discussing what they've learned in public hearings andwritten comments.

6. Planning Commission takes action.   After considering the information provided, written and oral testimony, the Planning Commission ultimately comes to a recommendation that they will forward to the Board of County Commissioners.

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is composed of nine volunteer citizens appointed by the Board of Island County Commissioners. They make recommendations to the Board in matters concerning growth and development as authorized in the Planning Enabling Act (RCW 36.70). 

bullet District 1:   Karen Krug, Val Hillers, Dean Enell  

bullet District 2:   Vacant position, Darin Hand, Brett D'Antonio

Bullet District 3:   James Caspers, Beth Munson, Tracy Hunsaker Gilroy

MEETINGS: The Planning Commission meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month in the Island County Commissioners Hearing Room in Coupeville at 2:00 p.m. Three weeks prior to the meeting an agenda will be posted unless there is nothing pending upon its calendar.

TRAINING: Training conducted by Joe W. Tovar was held on November 9 and November 16, 2016 for Planning Commissions and planning staff throughout Isand County's jurisdictions.
Powerpoints: Nov 9 and Nov 16
Recordings:   Nov 9 and Nov 16

CURRENT PROJECTS: 2017 Work Plan & Docket Items

​Agenda ​Materials ​Minutes ​Recording
Nov 27 2017​READ*​LISTEN*
Nov 13 2017

Staff Memo (RE: Housing, Freeland, Rural Lands)

Rural Lands - Regulatory Report, Subcommittee Goals & Objectives

​Oct 23 2017

Staff Memo

Housing Element - Public Involvement Plan (updated), Stakeholder Scan

Oct 9 2017

Staff Memo
Rural Lands - Detailed Scope of Work
Rural Lands - Consultant Resume

Freeland PPT
Handouts: Zoning Districts & Uses (side by side 11x17s); Option - Limited Transitions; Draft Code Sections - rezoning criteria & permitted uses

Sept 25 2017

Staff Memo - 2018 work plan & docket, including Wright's Crossing application (CPA 252\17)

Wright's Crossing Public Input Summary


LISTEN - part 1

LISTEN - part 2


Sept 11 2017

Staff Memo - Oak Harbor JPA & Wright's Crossing (CPA 252\17),
Preliminary Staff Review
City of Oak Harbor Comments
Revised Emplyment Analysis

Staff Memo - 2018 Work Plan & Docket

Staff Memo - Freeland

Aug 28 2017 ​READ* ​LISTEN
​Aug 14 2017 ​READ* ​LISTEN
​July 24 2017 ​READ* LISTEN
July 10 2017 ​READ* LISTEN
June 26 2017 ​READ* LISTEN
June 12 2017 ​READ* LISTEN
May 22 2017 ​READ* ​LISTEN
April 24 2017 ​READ* ​LISTEN
April 10 2017 ​READ ​LISTEN
​Mar 27 2017 ​READ* LISTEN
Mar 13 2017 READ LISTEN
Feb 27 2017 READ ​LISTEN
Jan 23 2017 READ ​LISTEN
Jan 9 2017 ​READ ​LISTEN
Jan 5 2017 ​READ ​LISTEN


NOTE:  For documents from prior years, see the Planning Commission Archive page. 

* Materials for this meeting are not yet available 


Comprehensive Plan/Development Regulation Review and Amendment Procedures (CPA):

As described in Island County Code (ICC) 16.26.010, a CPA establishes procedures pursuant to Chapter 36.70A. RCW, for the review and amendment of the Comprehensive Plan and implementing Development Regulations found in Titles 8, 13, 16, and 17 ICC. All amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations shall be approved by the Board of Island County Commissioners and proceed as a Type IV decision pursuant to Chapter 16.19 ICC.  

        Application must be received by August 1, for inclusion in the following year's Docket.

Click here  for CPA Application forms


Comments may be submitted via the Department mailing address or by email. There are also public comment periods at each Planning Commission meeting and the opportunity for formal testimony at Planning Commission public hearings. Remember that they are your volunteer representatives on county land issues:

Department of Planning & Community Development


Planning Commission 

(For comments related to Planning Commission only)


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Coupeville, WA 98239      

Telephone: 360-679-7339

Fax: 360-679-7306

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