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Island County Planning and Community Development is Closed to the Public until April 7th, 2020

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Island County Planning & Community Development's Plan
to Help the Community Minimize the Risk of COVID-19

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General Info


  2020 Docket Items

The Board of Island County Commissioners established the 2020 Annual Review Docket at their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 with the following items:

Per state law, a Plan amendment must be included on a docket before it can be considered by the Board of Island County Commissioners.  After a docket is approved, docketed items go through a review and public engagement process and recommendation by the Planning Commission before the proposed amendment is considered for final approval, denial, or deferral by the Board.

Click here for more information on the annual docket process. 

    Community Conversation Zone:  Economic Development

Island County is in the process of creating an Economic Development chapter for the Island County Comprehensive Plan.  As part of that effort, earlier this year the county and the project consultant held several small meeting with stakeholders ​and conducted a survey of property and business owners in our gateway areas. 
Staff is also avialable to come to you!  If you have a non-profit board meeting, HOA meeting, Chamber, realtors, or business meeting that you would like us to attend, we are happy to work with you on scheduling a time to meet with your group.  Contact our Long Range Planning team at CompPlan@islandcountywa.gov.

To learn more, please visit the project page at:

    New Development Regulations for Freeland

After a public hearing on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, the Board of Island County Commissioners passed Ordinance C-49-19:

  • amending the Freeland Subarea Plan, establishing a growth phasing plan for Freeland,
  • adopting Chapter 17.06 ICC (the Freeland Zoning Code),
  • amending the Island County Zoning Atlas, and
  • amending Titles 11, 15, 16, and 17 of Island County Code. 

These new development regulations will govern development within the Freeland Non-Municipal Urban Growth Area (NMUGA).

      To learn more, please visit the project page at:

​Frequently Requested Items

Public Notices - Land Use Applications 

Public Notices - Meetings, Hearing, & Notices

2019 Work Plan  (Current Projects) 

Planning Commission - Materials, Agendas, & Minutes

Events Calendar - Public engagement & community collaboration 
       opportunities for Planning projects

Land Use Tables (ICC 17.03.035)

Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve

Learn more about Low Impact Development (LID)

Interactive Land Use / Zoning Web Map

Shoreline Designations Map

 Airport Land Use Capatibility Tools - Island County

 OLF Coupeville and APZs 

 Housing Options - What can I Build?

  Records Requests 

​The Latest Adopted Ordinances & Resolutions

  • C-93-19, adopted 10/8/19, amending Chapter 17.03 ICC; allowing Rural Event Centers in the Rural Forest (RF) Zone.
  • C-53-19, adopted 6/25/19, amending Chapter 17.03 ICC Land Use Tables, consolodating land uses and eliminating inconsistencies. 

  • C-49-19, adopted 6/18/19, adopting the Freeland Zoning Code, amending the Freeland Subarea Plan, amending the Zoning Atlas, and adopting related amendments to Titles 11, 15, 16 & 17 ICC.
  • C-54-19, adopted 6/11/19, adopting revisions to the number of members, compositions, terms, and rules for the Ebey's Landing Historic Preservation Commission.
  • C-48-19, adopted 6/11/19, adopting new voluntary standards for property owners in the Special Flood Hazard Area (FEMA Door 2).
  • C-09-19, adopted 2/12/19, adopting fee waivers for TEVP permit holders applying for a Rural Commercial Event Permit.
  • C-127-18, adopted 12/11/18, providing new and amended regulations for events.
  • C-124-18, adopted 11/20/18, establishing the Island County Annual Review Docket for 2019.
  • C-97-18, adopted 10/2/18, adopting the updated Housing Element of the Island County Comprehensive Plan.
  • C-86-18, adopted 9/4/18, providing new and amended regulations for wineries, cideries, breweries, and distilleries. 
  • C-55-18, signed by the Board of Island County Commissioners 5/08/18 clarifying certain county processes with regards to forest practices, surface water quality monitoring, and farm management plans
  • C-27-18, signed by the Board of Island County Commissioners 3/20/18 improving the Island County Code's alignment with State Forest Practices requirements. 

        Records Requests  (moved to new page) 


Annex Bldg.
1 NE 6th St.
Coupeville, WA 98239

Mailing Address:
Planning Dept.
PO BOX 5000
Coupeville, WA 98239

Phone: (360) 679-7339
Fax: (360) 679-7306

Contact Building: BuildingDept@islandcountywa.gov

Contact Planning: 

Toll Free from Camano: (360) 629-4522

Toll free from S. Whidbey: (360) 321-5111


CAMANO OFFICE Location & Mailing:

121 N East Camano Dr.
Camano Island, WA 98282

Phone:  (360) 387-3443