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Planning

Mailing and Physical Address:
325 Metcalf Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

Phone: 360-855-0771
Fax: (360) 855-0733

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Staff

PLANNING DIRECTOR:
JOHN COLEMAN, AICP
e-mail: jcoleman@ci.sedro-woolley.wa.us
phone: (360) 855-9930
PERMITTING TECHNICIAN:
JOANN LAZARON
e-mail: jlazaron@ci.sedro-woolley.wa.us
phone: (360) 855-0771

Planning

Shoreline Master Plan

Update Process

The Washington State Shoreline Management Act (SMA) of 1971 was enacted for the purpose of comprehensively managing and protecting the state’s shorelines. The Shoreline Management Act emphasizes accommodation of appropriate uses that require a shoreline location, protection of shoreline environmental resources and protection of the public's right to access and use the shorelines.

Under the SMA, each city and county with shorelines of the state must prepare and adopt a Shoreline Master Program (SMP) tailored to the specific geographic, economic and environmental needs of the community. The SMP is essentially a combined comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance, and development permit system for shoreline-specific uses. Shorelines of the state include those lands extending landward for two hundred feet in all directions as measured on a horizontal plane from the ordinary high water mark; floodways and contiguous floodplain areas landward two hundred feet from such floodways; and all wetlands and river deltas associated with the streams, lakes, and tidal waters which are subject to the provisions of this chapter; the same to be designated as to location by the department of ecology.” (RCW 90.58.030(2)(d))

The Skagit River, as well as the adjoining jurisdictional lands, meets the definition for a shoreline of the state; therefore the City of Sedro-Woolley passed a SMP in 1979. The City’s SMP is now being updated as required by the State. The State Department of Ecology (Ecology) is the regulatory body in charge of overseeing the City’s SMP update.

Public participation is a key component of SMP update process. Input from local citizens and shoreline user groups is necessary to develop a SMP that meets the goals and needs of the Sedro-Woolley community. Check this webpage regularly to stay informed on the latest meeting dates, reports, news, information and opportunities to participate on the SMP update process. Questions or comments? Contact John Coleman, Planning Director at jcoleman@ci.sedro-woolley.wa.us.

Documents:

  • Presentation from August 2011 Visioning Meeting (PowerPoint, PDF)

Notices:

  • At its October 9, 2013 meeting, the City Council will be reviewing the completed SMP update, Shoreline Environment Designations Map, Shoreline Critical Areas Regulations, and Shoreline Restoration Plan. If the Council approves the documents, the Council will pass a resolution stating that the documents are approved and directing staff to submit the documents to the Department of Ecology for that agency’s review. Ecology’s review and any necessary revisions may take several months. After the Department of Ecology approves the documents, then the City Council will be able to adopt the SMP update. Please review the Council agenda and packet for more information.

Planning

Northern State Campus
Redevelopment Process

The City of Sedro-Woolley, Skagit County, and the Port of Skagit are partnering to position the Northern State Property for redevelopment. The local governments have entered into an Interlocal Agreement and Amendment that states the following goals for the redevelopment of the Northern State Property:

  1. Encourage the private sector to create and sustain jobs at Northern State benefitting all of Skagit County and its citizens and that are compatible with all of the other goals
  2. Continue and promote public recreational use of Northern State
  3. Protect the environmentally sensitive areas of Northern State, in particular Hansen Creek
  4. Acknowledge and protect the historic significance of Northern State to the local community, the wider region and the State of Washington.
  5. Acknowledge and respect the neighboring Upper Skagit Indian Tribal Nation's interests in Northern State.

Notices:

DATE
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6/3/2015
5/19/2015
5/19/2015
5/12/2015
4/16/2015
4/16/2015
4/10/2015
3/30/2015
3/30/2015
2/13/2015

Background

Since the Northern State Hospital closed in 1973, the State of Washington and the local community have explored opportunities for adaptive re-use of this 225 acre property. The hospital was developed based on a master plan by the Olmsted Brothers that remains largely intact and has been deemed significant enough to be included on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Northern State Property has been owned by the State of Washington since the hospital was constructed in 1912. It is currently managed by the Department of Enterprise Services, which leases buildings and grounds to a number of organizations, including the federal Department of Labor for a Job Corps training and education facility and Pioneer Human Services, a non-profit organization that provides chemical dependency services.

Approximately 40 percent of the existing buildings are unoccupied. A number of historical buildings have been demolished over time and newer buildings that are not compatible with the original master plan have been constructed. In 2010, Washington State expressed a desire to surplus the property and look for a local champion to acquire and redevelop the site for a greater community propose.

A three party partnership consisting of Skagit County, the City of Sedro-Woolley, and the Port of Skagit are exploring this opportunity.

Current Activities

Following on the recommendations of the Northern State Adaptive Re-use Study, there will be three interrelated actions conducted by the local governments in 2015. The planning efforts will support the potential for Janicki Bioenergy research and development facilities on the Northern State Property, but take a broader look at the entire property and multiple uses. Before any new uses envisioned in the reuse process will be permitted at the Northern State Property, the property needs to be annexed into the city of Sedro-Woolley, a subarea plan must be approved and environmental review must be completed. Below is a more information on those three actions.

  • Annexation of the Property into the City of Sedro-Woolley – The Property is currently within the Sedro-Woolley Urban Growth Area (UGA). Annexation would bring the Property within the municipal boundary and the land use regulatory authority of the City. The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services has initiated the petition for annexation. The City Council will review the annexation proposal and has the authority to approve the annexation.

Recent documents related to annexation proposal:

Timeline

Property Ownership and Leasing

The State of Washington will continue to own the Property. The Port will enter into negotiations with the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services to lease of a portion of the Property.

Existing Tenants

Two of the current tenants on the Property, Pioneer Human Services and North Sound Mental Health Administration provide chemical dependency and mental health services. Skagit County and the North Sound Mental Health Administration are forming a working group to explore new models for providing chemical dependency and mental health services that are increasingly being provided in concert as 'behavioral health services'. More information will be provided about that effort as it moves forward.

For more information, see the Port of Skagit Northern State Adaptive Re-Use Study project page

Planning

Economic Development

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