Island County Planning has reprioritized efforts for the Housing Element Implementation for 2020. The focus will be to adopt amendments to the zoning code for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) before the end of the year. As a part of this process, the County has issued a Determination of Nonsignificance under teh State Environmental Policy Act for the proposed amendments. The public comment period associated with this determination will extend until December 2, 2020. Even after this speciic public comment period, Island County will continue to accept public comments on the proposed changes until the date of adoption. Below are the documents associated with the County's Detemination of Non-Significance.
SEPA Legal NoticeSEPA Determination of Non-SignifcanceSEPA Checklist Draft Accessory Dwelling Unit Code Amendments 11.10.20
SEPA Legal Notice
SEPA Determination of Non-Signifcance
Draft Accessory Dwelling Unit Code Amendments 11.10.20
On October 2, 2018, the County adopted an updated Housing Element of the Island County Comprehensive Plan. As part of the work for that project, an Implementation Plan was created that provides discrete tasks that Island County will pursue to implement the policies adopted in the Housing Element and address issues identified by the Housing Needs Analysis. This Implementation Plan contains 7 actions that the County can take over the next 5 years.
County staff has worked with an advisory group to brainstorm a list of potential code changes for further research and consideration. This list is a brainstorming exercise only, and does not constitute a final list of code updates; some ideas may be dropped, changed, or added after further research.
Research TopicsFarm Worker HousingFarm Worker Housing Benchmark StudyCampgrounds and RV ParksIsland County Campground Benchmark StudyBoarding HomesBoarding Houses Benchmark StudyCluster DevelopmentDensity Bonus Program for Cluster Development in Island CountyCurrent Cluster Program Outline and ExamplesExample Point-Based Cluster Development ProgramPresentation to the Planning Commission on Options for Adjusting Cluster Development Program
Farm Worker Housing Benchmark Study
Next Steps Staff is preparing a complete underline-strikethrough draft of the proposed changes for review.
Staff is preparing a complete underline-strikethrough draft of the proposed changes for review.
Housing Element (Adopted 2018)
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