Freeland shipyard exec voices housing need

A Nichols Brothers Boat Builders leader weighed in on the controversial North Whidbey housing project, Wright’s Crossing, this week.

Company Executive Vice President Matt Nichols testified before the Island County commissioners on Tuesday, urging the board to include the proposed development on the county’s planning and community development comprehensive plan docket.

“I have 400 people that work for me, and we need housing, there’s no question about it,” Nichols said at the meeting. He said he thought Wright’s Crossing looked like a viable solution to the affordable housing problem.

As proposed, Wrights Crossing would see the construction of up to 1,500 homes just south of Oak Harbor on Monroe Landing Road near the drive-in theater.

For the application to move forward, the land proposed for development would have to be designated as an urban growth area, or UGA, and inclusion on the Island County Planning Commission’s comprehensive plan docket is necessary for changing UGA boundaries.

The board, however, voted to exclude the application from the final docket items.

All three commissioners said there are better solutions to the affordable housing issue than the project. Commissioner Helen Price Johnson also said that the items they did choose to include are a higher priority to her, especially the update to Freeland’s subarea plan.

The items the commissioners chose to include are updates to the housing element of the comprehensive plan, rural lands regulations and Freeland’s regulations and subarea plan.

More in News

Lawmakers seek to regulate homeless camps on church property

By Emma Scher WNPA Olympia Bureau Washington cities like Lynnwood, Kirkland, Bothell,… Continue reading

Proposed Public Records bill is dead

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau A proposal to provide exemptions… Continue reading

Social media extortion could be a new crime in Washington state

By Madeline Coats WNPA Olympia News Bureau Washington state senators aim to… Continue reading

State senators aim to create self-harm hotline

By Madeline Coats WNPA Olympia News Bureau State lawmakers are seeking to… Continue reading

Bill tackles candidate returns, felon voting, campaign finance

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau A measure calling for a… Continue reading

WICA presents Local Artist Series in March

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, or WICA, is presenting this year’s… Continue reading

Presentation planned on long-term care bill

A Whidbey Island group is offering a presentation on a bill regarding… Continue reading

No clear solution to garbage, needles in homeless camp

Those going into an area on the island known as “the pit”… Continue reading

Puget Sound’s southern resident orcas, which use echo-location to find food, would be protected by a new speed limit for vessels approaching the endangered species. (Photo by Ken Rea, SpiritofOrca.com)
Lawmakers proposing restrictions to protect orcas

By Sean Harding WNPA Olympia News Bureau Lawmakers, whale watchers and environmentalists… Continue reading

Most Read