Skagit County Critical Areas Ordinance Update
Skagit County Planning and Development Services
Skagit County, WA
Skagit County’s new critical areas regulations incorporate the latest scientific knowledge and citizen feedback thanks to assistance from biologists and planners at The Watershed Company. The updated regulations use “best available science” to manage critical areas, and are consistent with the Washington State Growth Management Act and the Endangered Species Act. Approval of Skagit County’s new regulations took three years of intensive effort by the County and its citizens. The Watershed Company set the stage with an in-depth review of the County’s natural resources, research on the management of critical areas, and existing regulations. Public participation work, guided by The Watershed Company, included extensive citizen advisory committee meetings, Planning Commission deliberations, and public open houses. The Watershed Company has assisted more than 15 jurisdictions with required updates and review of critical areas ordinances.