Comprehensive Plan Open House

Notice is hereby given that the City of Sedro-Woolley is holding an Open House on July 15, 2024, from 6pm-8pm at the Central Skagit Library, 110 W. State St., Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284 to discuss the 2024-25 update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The meeting will be a walk-in style open house, available to the public, anyone who wants to attend. City staff and other experts will be available to answer questions on the Comprehensive Plan update process and discuss how the community can be involved through the next year. This will not be a regular meeting of City Council or of the Planning Commission, but members of either or both may be in attendance. A quorum of either or both is neither requested nor required. Further, no formal decisions by either the City Council or of the Planning Commission will be made at this Open House, which is considered a public meeting under Washington State Law.

Background:
The City of Sedro-Woolley, along with other cities, towns, and counties in Washington planning under RCW 36.70A must complete a periodic update for their entire comprehensive plan and implementing development regulations. Updates include those for land use, transportation, housing, public utilities, critical areas and natural resource lands, parks and recreation, capital facilities, economic development, and historic and archaeological preservation.  Additionally, in 2023 the State Legislature approved House Bill (HB) 1181, which requires local municipalities to include a new Climate Element in their Comprehensive Plans with an emphasis on climate resiliency and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction.

Periodic updates are required to be completed every eight years, with the next scheduled updates due between 2024 and 2027. For the City of Sedro-Woolley our deadline for completion is by the end of the year 2025. The Comprehensive Plan is a “long-range” 20-year plan that provides direction on how and where the City will grow through 2025.  The Comprehensive Plan update will also require updates to other City regulatory documents and policies.

Questions and comments regarding the project should be directed to Thomas Glover, Community Development Director, at (360) 855-9930, or hand-delivered to 325 Metcalf Street, or mailed to 325 Metcalf Street, Sedro-Woolley, WA  98284, or e-mailed to tglover@sedro-woolley.gov.

All comments will become public records without editing or redaction so please do not provide information that is sensitive to release. Written comments will be posted on the project page regularly and the record will remain open until the conclusion of all public hearings for the project. Copies of PC recommendations will be made available on the project page for each element and upon delivery of the recommendations to the City Council.