Island County's Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) updates
Beginning in 2002, every county and city planning under the Growth Management Act (GMA, RCW 36.70A ) is required to review and update its comprehensive plan and associated development regulations every seven years to make sure that they comply with the provisions of the GMA. Deadlines to complete review and update of comprehensive plans and critical area ordinances vary throughout the state.
Critical Areas Updates
Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Areas

In the process of creating an update schedule for areas outside of shoreline jurisdiction stay tuned for more information.

The following technical studies are now available:

Island Co. Stream/Lake Buffer BAS Update Paper, Nov. 2008

Island Co. Marine Nearshore BAS, Nov. 2008

(Please note that FWHCAs that are under SMA jurisdiction will be included in the 2010-2013 Shoreline Master Program Update)

Wetlands ordinance effective July 1, 2008
Agriculture completed Fall 2006, on hold pending a lawsuit filed by WEAN (Whidbey Environmental Action Network) in Thurston County
Geologically Hazardous Areas completed April 2006
Frequently Flooded Areas completed August 2005
Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas completed July 2005
  no updates planned at this time   Critical Areas Ordinance update in progress



For more information regarding Island County's Critical Areas Ordinance update, contact:

Island County Planning and Community Development

From North or Central Whidbey:  360-679-7339

From South Whidbey:  360-321-5111 x7339

From Camano:  360-629-4522 x7339

Mailing Address:

Planning Department

PO Box 5000, Coupeville, WA  98239

Physical Address:

Whidbey:  1 NE 6th Street, Coupeville

Camano:  121 N. East Camano Drive