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Island County to hold public meetings on transportation

Island County residents will be able to offer comments about the county’s transportation services in February.

The county is hosting three public meetings to gather input for the update to the transportation element of its comprehensive plan.

The meetings will be held 6-8 p.m. on the following days and in the following locations: Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Whidbey Island Community Education Center, 5611 Bayview Road; Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Oak Harbor Branch of the Sno-Isle Library, 1000 SE Regatta Drive; Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Camano Multi-purpose Center, 141 NE Camano Drive.

“Island County should be served by an efficient, well-connected, multimodal transportation system while continually enhancing the safety and function of streets and roadways,” according to the countywide development goals.

“Transportation plans, policies, and regulations should be consistent with, and reinforce, adopted land use and economic development plans.”

At each meeting, county staff will discuss the county’s existing transportation and get feedback on what changes residents would like to see in the future.

A brief presentation will begin each night at 6:30 p.m., followed by an interactive exercise and an opportunity to ask questions.

Counties and cities are required to periodically review and update their comprehensive plans and development regulations according to the Washington state Growth Management Act.

This act requires that counties and cities complete an update at least every eight years.

Island County last completed an update in 2005.

While its original deadline for the most recent update was 2012, the Washington state Legislature recently adopted a revised schedule requiring completion before June 30, 2016.

As part of the update process, the county is required by law to establish a public participation program that includes opportunities for the public to weigh in on the comprehensive plan.

 

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