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The Annual Review Docket consists of proposed amendments that are scheduled to be made to the County's Comprehensive Plan during a given year (known as Comprehensive Plan Amendments, or CPAs). These Amendments can be proposed by a citizen, the Board of County Commissioners, the Planning Commission, and the Planning Director. Chapter 16.26 establishes the review and amendment procedures, pursuant to Chapter 36.70A RCW, for the Island County Comprehensive Plan and implementing Development Regulations found in Titles 8, 11, 16, and 17 of the Island County Code (ICC).

All amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations must be approved by the Board of Island County Commissioners pursuant to Chapter 16.19 ICC.

Applications must be received by February 1, 2013 to be included in the 2013 docket.

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2014 Annual Review Docket

2014 Annual Review Docket Memo - As presented to the Board of County Commissioners and the Planning Commission (3-10-2014)

2013 Annual Review Docket

2013 Annual Review Docket Memo - As presented to the Planning Commission (4-9-2013)

2013 Annual Review Docket Memo - As presented to the Board of County Commissioners ( 3-4-2013)

2012 Annual Review Docket (Not Listed by Priority)

Fish & Wildlife Habitat Conservation Critical Areas Ordinance - The Growth Management Act (GMA) requires all counties and cities to adopt development regulations to protect critical areas. These development regulations must address at least five (5) specified categories, with fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas being one of them. This required element of the County's Critical Areas Ordinance is an unfinished item from the 2005 periodic review and update of the Island County GMA Comprehensive Plan.

Comprehensive Plan Amendment 155/04 - This is an unfinished item from the 2005 periodic update of the Island County GMA Comprehensive Plan, regarding the 20 year future population projection and review of urban growth area boundaries in Island County. This item has a long history dating back to 2004 as part of the County's required periodic review and update of its GMA comprehensive plan. On April 11, 2011 the Board of Island County Commissioners (Board) approved CPA 155/04 (see Ordinance C-46-11). The City of Oak Harbor appealed this decision to the Growth Management Hearings Board (GMHB) and the GMHB upheld the County's action. The City of Oak Harbor subsequently appealed the decision of the GMHB to the Thurston County Superior Court. The court hearing is scheduled for November 9, 2012.

Freeland Subarea Plan (carryover from prior years) - On March 21, 2011 the Board of Island County Commissioners approved the 2010 Freeland Subarea Plan update (see Ordinance C-32-11). Before the County can complete the subarea plan and then proceed with creating development regulations to implement the plan, the Regional Transportation Plan must be updated and incorporated into the plan. Additionally, the Freeland Water and Sewer District is working to develop a plan for sewers in Freeland. When the Freeland Subarea Plan is complete, it will be incorporated into the Island County GMA Comprehensive Plan. Please Note: The BICC has preliminarily approved changes through the adoption of Ordinance C-32-11; however, these amendments will only take effect after the BICC reaffirms the amendments and reviews the cumulative impact of all the 2012 annual review amendments.

Shoreline Master Program - Island County completed preparation of an updated Shoreline Master Program consistent with a grant contract from the Washington State Department of Ecology. See the Shorelines webpage for the Board of Island County Commissioners Resolution No. C-125-12 approved on Dec. 27, 2012.

County-Wide Planning Policies - The Growth Management Act requires counties and municipalities within their borders to collaboratively develop these policies for the purpose of ensuring consistency between the comprehensive plans of counties and each individual city or town; and to help facilitate the transformation of local governance in respective urban growth areas, so that urban services are provided by cities and regional services are provided by counties (see WAC 365-196-305). These policies will be updated as necessary (in conjunction with Oak Harbor, Coupeville, and Langley) as part of the 2016 periodic update of the Island County GMA Comprehensive Plan. This work began during 2011 and will continue until final adoption (current County-Wide Planning Policies).

OFM Population Projections - Under RCW 43.62.035, the Office of Financial Management (OFM) prepares 20 year projections with a range of probable population growth for each county planning under GMA every 5 years. The Board of Island County Commissioners is responsible for selecting a projection within the range provided by OFM. Working with Oak Harbor, Coupeville, and Langley, the County will determine how the projected population will be accommodated among unincorporated and incorporated areas of Island County. This effort is a necessary part of the 2016 periodic update of the Island County GMA Comprehensive Plan.

Buildable Lands Analysis - The County will conduct a Buildable Lands Analysis of unincorporated lands within its jurisdiction in preparation for the 2016 periodic update of its comprehensive plan. The Buildable Lands Analysis helps the County determine development potential under existing regulations, among other things. The County will coordinate this effort between Oak Harbor, Coupeville, and Langley for the purpose of determining any necessary changes to urban growth boundaries for the respective municipalities as well as to the Freeland Non-Municipal Urban Growth Area.

Update of ICC Sections 16.26.060 and 16.26.090 - These code sections are the Island County Code provisions that govern the review and amendment procedures for Island County's GMA Comprehensive Plan and development regulations. During 2010 and 2011, the State Legislature extended the deadline for the next required periodic update of the Island County GMA Comprehensive Plan and the timing of periodic updates thereafter. On February 13, 2012, the Board of Island County Commissioners approved Resolution C-15-12, noting the County's intent to adhere to the changes made to RCW 36.70A.130(5)(b) and perform the next periodic comprehensive plan update by 2016. In order to implement this Resolution, minor changes to the Island County Code are necessary.

2011 Annual Review Docket - Not listed by priority Transmittal letter

Parks and Recreation Element (Carryover from 2010) CPA 248/11 - The Island County Parks and Recreation Element of the Comprehensive Plan was first adopted in 1998. As with the other Comprehensive Plan elements, the Parks element needs to be kept up to date to reflect the current conditions and ideals of the community it represents. An effort to update the Parks element began last year but was removed from the 2009 Annual Review Docket do to staffing constraints. In late 2009, additional funding was identified to support the 2010 Parks update including funding from the Whidbey Camano Land Trust. - For information contact Joantha Guthrie, Public Works

Exhibit A: C-121-11 [PLG-020-11] - Appendices

Planning Commission Findings of Fact


Island County Parks Plan 9-26-11
Staff Report

Amendments considered at the 10/25 Planning Commission hearing.

Map 1 - Island County Planning Area;
Map 2 - Habitat Conservation Concept;
Map 3 - Trail Access and Service Areas;
Map 4 - Beach Access and Service;
Areas Map B1 - North Whidbey Parks and Habitat;
Map B2 - Central Whidbey Parks and Habitat;
Map B3 - South Whidbey Parks and Habitat;
Map B4 - Camano Island Parks and Habitat;
Map C1 - North Whidbey IC Parks and Habitat;
Map C2 - Central Whidbey IC Parks and Habitat;
Map C3 - South Whidbey IC Parks and Habitat; 
Map C4 - Camano Island IC Parks and Habitat;

Population Projections and Urban Growth Areas (Carryover from 2007-2010) Urban Growth Area & Population Projections CPA 155/04: - On April 11, 2011 the Board of Island County Commissioners (Board) approved CPA 155/04. This item has a long history dating back to 2004 as part of the County's required 7 year periodic review of its Comprehensive Plan. The original recommendation approved by the Planning Commission in 2007 included 180 acres of City of Oak Harbor UGA (Urban Growth Area) expansion. This recommendation was forwarded to the Board in the fall of 2007. After three years of delay due to the SEPA appeal process, the Board rejected the 2007 planning commission recommendation and revised the proposal to include only 18 contiguous acres to Oak Harbor's Urban Growth Area. The original recommendation was rejected because it was found by the Board that Oak Harbor's existing UGA has sufficient capacity to meet expected population growth over the succeeding 20 year period.

CPA 155/04 Planning Commission Findings of Fact
C-46-11
C-38-11
CPA 155/04 has required a large commitment of time and resources because of its controversial nature.The City of Oak Harbor appealed this decision to the Growth Management Hearings Board (GMHB) and the GMHB upheld the County's action. The City of Oak Harbor subsequently appealed the decision of the GMHB to the Thurston County Superior Court.
--Item carried over to 2012 docket - under appeal--

Freeland Sub Area Plan (Carryover from 2010) CPA 244/10 - On March 21, 2011 the Board of Island County Commissioners approved the 2010 Freeland Subarea Plan update. Like other carryover items, its completion is a milestone, freeing up time for other ARD items. The next step in the process is to create development regulations that will implement the goals, principles, and policies of the subarea plan. Development regulations include establishing formal zoning districts along with setting requirements for land-use, building setbacks, lighting, signs, etc. Development regulations for Freeland's commercial core will hopefully take a form-based approach in contrast to the more commonly used Euclidean approah to zoning used throughout the country. Staff anticipates this item will be ready for Planning Commission review in fall 2012. Please Note: The BICC has preliminarily approved changes through the adoption of Ordinance C-32-11; however, these amendments will only take effect after the BICC reaffirms the amendments and reviews the cumulative impact of all the 2012 annual review amendments.

Planning Commission Findings of Fact
Item Adopted by Ordinance C-32-11

Internal Consistency CPA 181/11: Because the approved 2010 Freeland Subarea Plan (FSAP) is part of the Island County Comprehensive Plan (ICCP), elements of the ICCP must be amended in order to be consistent with the 2010 FSAP. Existing language throughout various elements of the ICCP make reference to Freeland. This language must be updated to ensure internal consistency within the ICCP. CPA 181/11 proposes to amend the language within the ICCP to make it internally consistent with the approved 2010 FSAP.
Staff Report
Proposed Ordinance
Exhibit A - Proposed Changes
Exhibit B- Planning Commission Findings of Fact
--Item tabled and suspended until completion of Freeland Subarea Plan--

Freeland Sub Area Plan (Carryover from 2010) CPA 244/10 - On March 21, 2011 the Board of Island County Commissioners approved the 2010 Freeland Subarea Plan update. Like other carryover items, its completion is a milestone, freeing up time for other ARD items. The next step in the process is to create development regulations that will implement the goals, principles, and policies of the subarea plan. Development regulations include establishing formal zoning districts along with setting requirements for land-use, building setbacks, lighting, signs, etc. Development regulations for Freeland's commercial core will hopefully take a form-based approach in contrast to the more commonly used Euclidean approah to zoning used throughout the country. Staff anticipates this item will be ready for Planning Commission review in fall 2012. Please Note: The BICC has preliminarily approved changes through the adoption of Ordinance C-32-11; however, these amendments will only take effect after the BICC reaffirms the amendments and reviews the cumulative impact of all the 2012 annual review amendments.
Planning Commission Findings of Fact
Item Adopted by Ordinance C-32-11

Internal Consistency CPA 181/11 - Because the approved 2010 Freeland Subarea Plan (FSAP) is part of the Island County Comprehensive Plan (ICCP), elements of the ICCP must be amended in order to be consistent with the 2010 FSAP. Existing language throughout various elements of the ICCP make reference to Freeland. This language must be updated to ensure internal consistency within the ICCP. CPA 181/11 proposes to amend the language within the ICCP to make it internally consistent with the approved 2010 FSAP. Staff Report
Proposed Ordinance
Exhibit A - Proposed Changes
Exhibit B- Planning Commission Findings of Fact
--Item tabled and suspended until completion of Freeland Subarea Plan--

Shoreline Master Program Update - In 1998 Island County adopted its Shoreline Master Program (SMP) as the Shoreline Management Element of the Island County Comprehensive Plan. In 2004 the state established new guidelines for comprehensively updating SMPs statewide. Island County is updating consistent with terms of a three year grant contract with the Washington Department of Ecology. For a detailed schedule, public participation plan and other draft documents please go to the Shorelines webpage.
SMP Web Page link
--Item part of a 3 year update process--

Countywide Planning Policies - The Growth Management Act requires periodic updates of Comprehensive Plans. Before Comprehensive Plans can be updated, the existing Countywide Planning Policies should be evaluated because these policies provide direction for all comprehensive plans in the County (including the cities) and are a key basis for the Interlocal agreements with Coupeville, Langley, and Oak Harbor. The next periodic update for Island County is scheduled for 2012 but the State has granted a three year extension because of reduced budgets, giving jurisdictions until 2015 to complete their next periodic update. Island County has yet to formally adopt a schedule for the next update be we do anticipate using the extension. Our Countywide Planning Policies were last amended in 1999 and subsequently include language that is no longer relevant. Staff has begun conduction meetings with local jurisdictions and the Planning Commission for input on new policy directions. Staff anticipates that the revisions to the Countywide Planning Policies will be ready for Planning Commission review this fall.
--Item carried over to 2012 docket--

2010 Annual Review Docket - listed by priority

Parks and Recreation Element - The Island County Parks and Recreation Element of the Comprehensive Plan was first adopted in 1998. As with the other Comprehensive Plan elements, the Parks element needs to be kept up to date to reflect the current conditions and ideals of the community it represents. An effort to update the Parks element began last year but was removed from the 2009 Annual Review Docket do to staffing constraints. In late 2009, additional funding was identified to support the 2010 Parks update including funding from the Whidbey Camano Land Trust. Carried over to 2011.
--Item carried over to 2011 docket for completion--

Urban Growth Area & Population Projections - In 2005, Island County began the process of updating the Urban Growth Areas established in the Comprehensive Plan, as required by RCW 36.70A. This effort focused specifically on the Oak Harbor UGA. In January 2007, the Planning Commission signed their Findings of Fact, formalizing their approval recommendation. This issue was never forwarded to the Board of Island County Commissioners and thus never finalized. On October 11, 2010 the Board held a public hearing and rejected the Planning Commission recommendation. The Board determined that the UGA expansion should be limited to one area adjoining NAS Whidbey. This decision must be transmitted to the Planning Commission for review, a public hearing, and PC recommendation within 90 days. Hearing: November 9, 2010 at 9:00 a.m.
10/29/10 Transmittal Memo to PC 8/31/10 Memo to the Board (referenced in Transmittal Memo)
Proposed Future Land Use Map Proposed Future Zoning Map CPA 155/04 Aerial CPA 155/04 Zoning SEPA Threshold Determination
--Item carried over to 2011 docket for completion-decision appealed--

Freeland Sub Area Plan - CPA 244/10: - In December of 2007, the Board of Island County Commissioners adopted Ordinance C-129-07, designating Freeland as a Non-Municipal Urban Growth Area (NMUGA) and adopted the land use element of the Freeland Subarea Plan. The Growth Management Act (RCW 36.70A) requires that sub area plans and comprehensive plans contain seven specific elements. In this year�s docket, staff intends to complete the remaining elements of the Freeland Subarea Plan, including a revised land use element.

Hearing: December 14, 2010 18341 SR525, Freeland, Trinity Lutheran Church Gym
There will be a second public meeting on February 3, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the same location for further review and public input.

The community is encouraged to review the 2010 draft of the Freeland Subarea Plan prior to attending the scheduled public hearing.

The Planning Commission draft of the 2010 Freeland Subarea Plan is available in pdf format by clicking the following links:
Planning Commission draft
Staff Report
SEPA Threshold Determination
--Item carried over to the 2011 docket for completion--

Shoreline Master Program - In 1998 Island County adopted its Shoreline Master Program (SMP) as the Shoreline Management Element of the Island County Comprehensive Plan. In 2004 the state established new guidelines for comprehensively updating SMPs statewide. Island County has begun the update consistent with terms of a three year grant contract with the Washington Department of Ecology. For the detailed schedule, public participation plan and other draft documents please go to the Shorelines webpage.
--Item part of a 3 year update process--

Aircraft Accident Potential Zones - In 2007, the Board of Island County Commissioners adopted Ordinance C-87-07, which established special development regulations for properties within the APZs. As a result of the 2007 action, concerns about the fairness of the notification and adoption process were raised resulting in a second look at the regulations adopted at that time.
--Item carried over to 2011 docket--

2009 Annual Review Docket

Essential Public Facilities (EPF) � EPF�s are defined in Island County and are already allowed within certain zoning designations. The amendments do not change how EPF�s are defined. The proposed amendments would expand the allowance of EPF�s into some zoning designations where they are currently not allowed.
Hearing dates: 5/12/09, 5/26/09, and 7/14/09
Final Approved Ordinance - Adopted 11.16.09
Staff Report, Amendments Rural Ag Rural Forest
SEPA MDNS - Final & SEPA Checklist Planning Commission Findings

Utility Segregations � Amendments to the County subdivision ordinance that would exempt the division of land when it is intended to accommodate public utility facilities.
Hearing dates: 5/12/09, 5/26/09 on Camano, and 7/14/09
Final Approved Ordinance - Adopted 11.16.09
Staff Report, Exhibits A B C D E F
SEPA MDNS - Final & SEPA Checklist Planning Commission Findings

Mini Storage � Amendments to the standards that govern mini storage facilities within the Rural zone.
Final Approved Ordinance - Adopted 1.4.10
Hearing dates: 5/12/09, 5/26/09 on Camano, and 7/14/09
Staff Report, Exhibits A B C D
SEPA MDNS - Final & SEPA Checklist Planning Commission Findings

Parks Plan - Proposed amendments to the Island County Parks Plan. Due to reductions in staff this item had to be delayed in order to allot sufficient time for the comprehensive review the subject deserves.
--Item carried over to 2010 docket--

Housing Element - Proposed amendments to the County Housing Element.
Due to reductions in staff this item had to be delayed in order to allot sufficient time for the comprehensive review the subject deserves.
--Item carried over to 2010 docket--

Ebey�s Reserve � Proposed amendments to the standards and procedures that regulate development within Ebey�s Landing National Historic Reserve. These amendments modify permit review procedures, development standards, and they incorporate references to a companion design manual. Hearing dates: 6/9/09, 7/28/09, 8/25/09, and 9/15/09. Click here for links to relevant documents.
Planning Commission Findings
--Item carried over to 2010 docket--

Property specific rezone request in the Oak Harbor Urban Growth Area � Proposed zoning amendment that would change the zoning designation of 13.5 acres of land within the Oak Harbor UGA from Rural to Oak Harbor � Planned Industrial Park. Hearing dates: 6/9/09 and 7/14/09
Final Approved Amendment - Adopted 1.2.10
Staff Report
Revised Light Manufacturing Staff Report
SEPA MDNS - Final & 2009 Ault Field Road SEPA Checklist
Site Photos Zoning Map
Planning Commission Findings

Freeland Development Regulations - Proposed development regulations that govern development activity with the Freeland Non-Municipal Urban Growth Area. Proposed regulations address zoning designations, allowed uses and densities, design guidelines and other development requirements. These draft regulations have been developed in response to the adoption of the Freeland Sub Area Plan. For questions, please contact Anthony Boscolo at AnthonyB@co.island.wa.us or at 360-678-7824. Please see the Freeland Sub-area plan web page here.
--Item suspended until completion of the Freeland Subarea Plan--



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