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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:  William Criswell,  Kristen Stavros, Margaret Andersen

bullet District 2:   Wendy Shingleton, Darin Hand,  VACANT

Bullet District 3:  Beth Munson, Tracy Hunsaker Gilroy, Ray Koladycz            

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: 2019 Work Plan & Docket Items


2019 Meeting Documents

Agenda ​Materials ​Minutes Recording
December 9, 2019


PBRS - 10B-CIP underline strike throughsFindings of Fact Comp Plan 10B Amendment


Housing - Housing Change Matrix;  Housing Draft Exhibit A

November 21, 2019



PBRS - Memo; Exhibit A; Draft Findings


Housing - Change Matrix; Draft Code Revisions

Economic Development - Memo 


October 28, 2019 



10B - Memo;  Draft Revisions

PBRS - Memo; Exhibit A


​October 14, 2019CANCELLED - no agenda items N/AN/A
September 23, 2019 (REVISED)


Rural Event Centers in ther RF zone district Land Use Tables; MEMO; EXHIBIT A; FINDINGS OF FACT

2020 Annual Review Docket; MEMO; ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION


Cluster Housing Regulations; Example Point-Based Cluster Development System; Current Cluster Program Outline & Examples

September 9, 2019

​Rural Event Centers:  Memo Draft Finding of Fact Draft ICC 17.03 amendments

Housing Code Audit:   Bench Mark Study;       Density Bonus system for cluster development

August 26, 2019

Proposed 2020 Work Plan and Docket items

Ebeys - Proposed Revisions; Draft Revisions; Change Matrix; Single Family Projects


August 12, 2019

Housing Code Audit - Housing Code Audit; Proposed Code changes; Campground Benchmark; Farm Worker Benchmark; Temp Housing for Workers

Economic Development - Staff Memo; Scope of Work; Trends Report-draft

2019 Projects Update - Staff  Memo

July 22, 2019 CANCELLED - no agenda items N/A ​N/A
​July 8, 2019 POSTPONED - ​Joint Worshop ​N/A ​N/A
June 24, 2019 CANCELLED - no agenda items ​N/A ​N/A
​June 10, 2019 CANCELLED - no agenda items N/A ​N/A
May 27, 2019 ​CANCELLED due to Holiday ​N/A ​N/A

May 20, 2019

Special Session

​HPC (Historic Preservation Commission) Code Amendments Public Hearing - Findings of Fact; 17.04A.060 Revisions

Amendment of the Oak Harbor UGA - Public Hearing - Findings of Fact (revised); Maps


​May 13, 2019

​Ebey's Code Revisions, Part 1:  Staff Memo, Draft Revisions to HPC memberships (ICC 17.04A.060), and Draft Findings of Fact

Land Use Tables, Public Hearing: Draft Code Revisions (ICC 17.03), Draft Findings of Fact


April 22, 2019



, 1515 Shoreview Dr, Freeland.

Staff Memo

Draft Findings of Fact

Draft Subarea Plan Amendments

Draft Freeland Zoning Code
   High Quality Print (104 MB)
   Smaller File Size (33 MB)

Draft Revisions to Titles 11, 15, 16, & 17

Draft Zoning Atlas revisions & list of parcels rezoned


Housing Regulations Handout

Regulations Timeline Handout





​April 8, 2018

Land Use - RAID Table  and Change Matrix; UGA Table and Change Matrix

Housing Regulations Audit - Memo and Proposed Changes

Freeland - Handout of Timelines

Mar 25, 2019

​Land Use Project: Staff MemoRural Lands Table (draft); Amendment methodology

Economic Development: Scope of Work

Mar 11, 2019

Freeland Regulations: 

Staff Memo

Summary of Proposed Changes

Draft 3.0, Part 4


Feb 25, 2019  *REVISED*

​Public Hearing: (R/S from 2/11/19)

FEMA - PC Memo; NFIP ESA BIOP Compliance Checklist; Exhibit A; Findings of Fact

Workshop: (R/S from 2/11/19)

Freeland Regulations: Memo to Planning Commission; Memo to BOCC; Enclosure A; Enclosure B

Wireless Broadband - Memo; Wireless Broadband 101

SMP - Scope of Work; Update Process and Timeline 

Feb 11, 2019

Cancelled due to lack of quorum/snow

​N/A ​N/A
​Jan 28, 2019

Staff Memo on new Federal regulations for wireless; 5G Wireless 101

SMP Update Process & Timeline; SMP Update Scope of Work

Freeland Staff Memo; Revisions to ICC Title 11, 15, 16, 17; Freeland Subarea Plan Amendments

Cancelled due to lack of quorum​ ​
Jan 14, 2019

FEMA Door 2 Option

Ebey's Staff Memorandum;Ebey's Minor Code Cleanup;Ebey's Design Stardards

Freeland Staff Memo;Summary of changes from Freeland Draft 2.0 - part 2; Freeland Draft 3.0 - Part 2; 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 link below to provide Public Comment to the Commission -   No responses will be provided, in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act.)

Or mail to:

PO Box 5000

Coupeville, WA 98239      

Phone: (360) 240-5504

Fax: (360) 679-7306