PO Box 223
Anacortes, WA 98221
March 10, 2000
Commissioner Bob Hart
Skagit County Board of County Commissioners
205 Kincaid Street
Mount Vernon, Washington 98273
Re: Rally to Save Rural Fidalgo Island
cc: Commissioner Anderson, Commissioner Wolden, Mr. Gary Christensen, and Mr. Ian Munce
Dear Commissioner Hart:
Thank you for taking the time to attend our rally for rural Fidalgo Island, and thank you for making an off-the-cuff reply to our audience. The standing-room-only crowd bears evidence to the fondness that we Fidalgo residents feel for our island. At the rally, 180 people signed the petition requesting that Skagit County not increase densities in rural Fidalgo Island, that the County not conduct a study, and that the County continue to comply with the 1997 agreement with the City of Anacortes. I have included copies of the petitions with this letter.
According to Mr. Munce, the 1997 plan allows an additional 3,000 people in the city and another 3,000 people in rural Fidalgo. As stated in the proposed comprehensive plan amendments, the Fidalgo Island “community plan” will consider both the expansion of the Anacortes Growth Area and an increase in the rural densities beyond the 1997 numbers. The potential ramifications of opening this Pandora’s box are as follows:
·Over 5,000 acres of land zoned 1-house-per-10-acres could be rezoned to 1-house per 2 ½-acres, nearly 1,700 more lots.
·In the Whistle Lake Corridor, over 700 acres of land could be rezoned to 1-house per ¼ acre, close to 3,000 additional lots.
·In the Del Mar/Havekost corridor, over 1000 acres of land could be rezoned to 1-house per ¼ acre, over 4,000 additional lots.
With the addition of the 3,000 people allowed with the 1997 zoning, our quality of life will be significantly diminished by increased traffic, increased demands on services, increased pollution of our bays, and increased taxes. Increasing the rural densities beyond the 1997 numbers will devastate the rural quality of Fidalgo Island.
Please help usprotect the rural quality of Fidalgo Island and the quality of life of its residents. We again urge you to stop this effort to increase density on rural Fidalgo Island. .