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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,  Kristen Stavros, Margaret Andersen

bullet District 2:   VACANT, Darin Hand,  VACANT

Bullet District 3:  Beth Munson, Tracy Hunsaker Gilroy, Shannon Williams


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.

  CURRENT PROJECTS: 2018 Work Plan & Docket Items


2018 Meeting Documents

​Agenda ​Materials ​Minutes            Recording
​December 10, 2018

Presentation - Freeland Proposed Code Changes

Staff Memo on Freeland Draft Changes

Summary of Proposed Changes

Draft 3.0, Part 1

FEMA Door 2 Staff Memo

​November 26, 2018

November 19, 2018 Staff Memo

Exhibit A Chapter 17.03 ICC Revisions - Event Facilities

PC Findings of Fact - Event Code Public Hearing

Public Comment Matrix Event Regulations

October 22, 2018


Exhibit A - ICC 17.03 Zoning Code Amendments Event Regulations Version 2.1

Findings of Fact - DRAFT

 Presentation - Event Code 2.1

October 12, 2018

SPECIAL SESSION - Workshop: Draft Event Code 2.0

Chapter 17.03 ICC Revisions - Event Facilities

Public Comment Matrix

17.03.180.EE Event Code 2.0

October 8, 2018

CANCELLED - Meeting Canceled due to lack of quorum.  All items moved to the October 22, 2018 meeting.  

Chapter 17.03 ICC Revisions - Event Facilities

Public Comment Matrix

September 24, 2018

Chapter 17.03 ICC Revisions

Updated Rules of Procedures

2019 Work Plan

September 10, 2018


IC Housing Element Update Public Comment Matrix

Exhibit A


Findings of Fact Draft; Freeland

2019 Docket and Work Plan 



August 27, 2018

PUBLIC HEARING -  Postponed to September 10, 2018

No minutes;​Meeting canceled due to lack of a quorum
August 13, 2018



Goals and Policies & Implementation Plan

Final Draft Housing Element

Minor Word Changes to Draft Housing Element

Tri-County Consortium 2018 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice

July 9, 2018


Findings of Fact for WCBD code

New Section-WCBD Facilities

WORKSHOP - 2018 Code Cleanup Project :

Minor Edits / Typos

Permit Processes

Site Plan Review

Variance Process

Legal Lot/Platting 

​July 2, 2018 - Special Session Currently Adopted Housing Element


Recommendations from the North Whidbey Affordable Housing Task Force

Public Involvement Plan

Stakeholder Interview Summary

Baseline Review of the Housing Element

Community Housing Survey Results Final Report

Housing Needs Analysis

Housing Assets and Challenges Memo

Presentation from Joanne Pelant on Housing Human Services and the North Whidbey Affordable Housing Task Force

List of Subsidized and Low Cost Housing in Island County

Short-Term/Transitional Housing Information

Draft Housing Element

Reasonable Measures Addendum

Draft Findings of Fact

Final Outreach Report



June 25, 2018

​Code Cleanup Project - Draft Project Approach

Housing Element - Final Outreach Report

Proposed Regulations for Winery, Cidery, Brewery and Distillery - Findings of Fact for WCBD codeFinal Draft - 17.03 -New section WCBD Facilities


​June 11, 2018

2018 Code Clean Up: MemoMinor Edits; Permit ProcessVariance ProcessSite Plan ReviewLegal Lot Platting

Housing Element Update: Draft Housing Element TextGMA Reasonable MeasuresDraft Findings of Fact

Rural Lands Regulatory Updates:  Memo17.03 New Section - WCBD Facilities

May 14, 2018

​Alternate Choices for Rural Lands Regulations

Draft Rural Lands Regulations Summary Version

Public Comment Matrix

Rural Lands ICC 17.03 Code Amendment Excerpt

April 23, 2018

Alternate Choices for Rural Lands Regulations

Alternate Choices for Rural Lands (addition)

April 9, 2018 Corrected Exhibit A Amendments to: Chapter 17.02B ICC Exhibit B to Ord C-86-17

Staff Memo - Subarea Plan Revisions related to the new Freeland Development Regulations

2018 Feeland Subarea Plan Revisions, Draft

Second Draft - Housing Goal and Policy Text

​April 5, 2018

Island County Hearing Examiner 2017 Annual Report

Staff Memo - Work Plan Docket Update

2018 Work Plan - 12/20/17 as Approved

2018 Code Cleanup - Project Progress

March 26, 2018 CANCELLED
All items moved to the April 9th meeting
​N/A N/A​
March 12, 2018

Staff Memo - Code Cleanup

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

Rural Lands - topics/timeline
Updated public comment matrix

Feb 26, 2018

CAO Settlement Hearing Memo

Exhibit A

CAO Settlement Ordinace Findings of Fact

Non-Motorized Trail Plan

Memo - Rural Lands

Alternate Choices for Rural Lands Regs

Public Comment Matrix


Feb 12, 2018

 "Non - Motorized Trails Plan Update" has been canceled from the Workshop items

Forest Practices Findings of Fact Revised

Forest Practices Memo

Fully Executed Resolution

Ordinance for Comp Plan Amendments

PC Findings of Fact and Legislative Intent

RCW 76.09.460 and 470

Jan 22, 2018

​PUBLIC HEARING:  Forest Practices

Staff Memo (Comp Plan update, Rural Lands, Freeland)

Comp Plan updates
Draft Winery & Event Code updates
Inventory of Wineries, Breweries, etc.
ICC Chapter 16 & ICC Chapter 17, part 1


​​LISTEN part 1

LISTEN part 2

​Jan 8, 2018

Staff Memo (Freeland) 
Draft Lighting Code
ICC 17.03.180.T.11_Lighting

Draft Housing Assets and Challenges

Island County Community Housing Survey Results - Presentation

Housing Assets and Challenges - Presentation



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

* Materials for this meeting are not yet available 



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



(Use the email below to provide Public Comment to the Commission -   No responses will be provided, in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act.)

Planning Commission 


PO Box 5000

Coupeville, WA 98239      

Telephone: 360-240-5504

Fax: 360-679-7306

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