Ebey’s Landing regs discussed

The Board of Island County Commissioners and the Coupeville Town Council will continue a public hearing Monday, Oct. 3, 10:15 a.m., to adopt new design review guidelines and unified code for buildings located within Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, which includes Coupeville.

The meeting takes place in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room at the Annex Building.

The proposed regulations, containing 86 pages, outline guidelines for altering current historic buildings and for new construction in a manner that preserves the historic integrity of the 17,000-acre reserve. The proposed guidelines also outline a three-level design review process:

• Level A projects are simple projects upon which the town or county planning director makes an administrative decision.

• Level B projects are more complex and will be reviewed by the staff as well as a reserve committee, which consists of the Ebey’s Reserve manager, the Island County planner and the Coupeville town planner.

• Level C projects are reviewed by the Historic Preservation Commission. These are projects that can potentially have a significant long-term effect on the reserve’s historic character.

To view a draft of the guidelines, go to



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