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South Fidalgo Island

The Skagit County planning department has proposed a "new" study on South Fidalgo Island with focus on two realms: (1) identify areas for further urban development and (2) look at rural areas where the housing density should be increased. The City studied these possibilities in 1997, surveyed the residents and the economic feasibility regarding services to the areas. The proposals were determined to be undesirable and unfeasible and the County agreed to drop the idea. Now, spurned by hopeful developers, the idea is back, less than two years later.

The purpose of the Fidalgo Subarea plan is to rezone rural Fidalgo Island for higher housing densities. When first introduced, the stated purpose of the Fidalgo Subarea Plan was to rezone the entire island Rural Intermediate which is 1 home per 2.5 acres. Time and again the Growth Hearings Boards have ruled that 1 home per 2.5 acres is not rural and that such densities represent urban sprawl.

After a groundswell of public opposition, the final statement of the proposal was changed to, “The Fidalgo Island Community Plan shall also consider previous land use studies and reports in determining whether additional rural density is appropriate to minimize large-lot sprawl and to create more logical boundaries incorporating the existing RI designations.” Compare this with the purpose of the Guemes Island subarea plan - “The community plan for Guemes Island shall address rural commercial uses and locations, sole-source aquifer issues, shoreline environs, ferry service, open space and natural resource lands, and provisions for maintaining rural character and lifestyles.”

 
Battle Brews - SVH - 12/30/2000
Kathryn Alexandra and Ken Howard both live on Fidalgo Island...
EI Update - EI - 5/7/2000
As a result of our outreach campaign, the amendment has been...
"Don't be alarmed" - AA - 4/12/2000
Planning dept. said Fidalgo residents should not be alarmed....
Planners Discuss South Fidalgo Study - SVH - 4/6/2000
Officials say study doesn't necessarily mean more growth...
Letters to the Editor - AA - 2/16 - 3/15/2000
Letters to the editor from Anacortes residents
Letter to Commissioner Hart - EI - 3/10/2000
Re: Rally to Save Rural Fidalgo Island...
Editorial: Fidalgo growth belongs in urban areas - AA - 3/8/2000
The Skagit County commissioners have been getting lots of mail...
Rally Draws Crowd, Density Unresolved - AA - 3/8/2000
About 240 people came to a self-described rally...
Groups agree, no crowding South Fidalgo - FTW - 3/3/2000
Over 230 people crammed into the council chambers...
Rally to Save South Fidalgo Flyer - EI - 2/8/2000
In the latest changes to its comprehensive plan...
Petition to Save South Fidalgo Flyer - EI - 2/8/2000
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Letter to Editor from Evergreen Islands - AA - 1/26/2000
Growth is inevitable on Fidalgo Island. To confirm this, all...
County Puts Comp Plan Back on Track - SVH - 1/15/2000
Landowners now have a firm date for when their concerns will be heard...
Ruling Targets Rural Growth - FW - 1/7/2000
In June of 1997, Skagit County approved its comprehensive plan...
Anacortes to Manage Water in New Area - SVH - 1/6/2000
The city is taking control of water lines from Skagit PUD...
Septic Systems Threaten Similk Bay - SVH - 12/28/1999
Contamination may prevent harvest of shellfish...
Letter from Evergreen Islands to Skagit County - 12/15/1999
re: Proposed Title 14
Letter from Evergreen Islands to Skagit County - 12/15/1999
re: Proposed Amendments to Skagit County Comprehensive Plan
Lakefront property headed for rezone? - SVH - 12/10/1999
Fidalgo site among four county will review
Letter from City of Anacortes to Skagit County - 12/06/1999
re: Proposed Chapter 14.28 (Concurrency), Chapter 14.32 (Drainage), 14.16.170 (Rural Marine Industry), and 14.16.710 (Accessory Dwelling Units)
City, county at odds over rural density - AA - 12/01/1999
Although Skagit County planners admit only a "small minority" of south Fidalgo Island property owners want another chance to increase the rural density south of Anacortes, city officials say they are alarmed that an issue they thought had been put to rest has been raised once again.
Letter from City of Anacortes to Skagit County - 11/29/1999
re: CP proposal to increase density on South Fidalgo Island
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