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The public will get a chance next month to weigh in on Island County’s decision whether to spend as much as $818,000 this year conserving land and improving a natural area.
The county’s prosecuting attorney is seeking 2016 budget hikes far higher than those of some other departments, according to documents presented to the Board of Island County Commissioners this week and last during budget workshops.
An influx of clearcuts is coming to Whidbey Island, according to recent Department of Natural Resources decisions analyzed by a local environmental-protection group.
Regular users of Joseph Whidbey State Park are upset that their cherished spot is one of 10 state parks under consideration for private business development.
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Island County Planning and Community Development will likely be split in two, with a separate leader for each half, following the surprise resignation Monday of department director Dave Wechner.
A new county shoreline master plan came one step closer to reality Monday when the county’s planning commission unanimously recommended that the Island County Board of Commissioners accept a corrected version of the plan. The board has the final authority on whether the plan goes into effect.
Conserving Oak Harbor’s Fakkema Farm, 56 acres near Dugualla Lake, and 30 acres of farmland along Lone Lake’s south shoreline, are among the projects on which the public can weigh in at an upcoming meeting.
Island County is working toward making its animal control workers employees of the county rather than independent contractors.
The state Department of Ecology will approve Island County’s updated Shoreline Master Plan within the next two months if the county agrees to make 16 pages of changes, it told the press Friday.
Langley’s urban growth area will likely shrink to meet its needs over the next 20 years, an Island County planner told a public meeting at City Council chambers on Wednesday evening. Washington law defines an urban growth area (UGA) as an area in which urban growth is encouraged and outside of which growth can occur only if it is not urban in nature.
The Island County commissioners on Tuesday changed the county’s Conservation Futures Fund program to allow considering economics when contemplating conservation and to streamline the conservation review process.