The City is in the process of a major update of the Comprehensive Plan, to be consistent with current state laws, as required under the Growth Management Act. This update is due by mid-2015.
The Plan is being updated one chapter at a time over the next nine months. In the spring of 2015, the draft chapters will all be assembled into a full draft Comprehensive Plan. A final public review, to include public meetings and hearings by the Planning Commission and City Council, will be conducted so that any further revisions could be considered.
The current Environment Element has been reviewed by staff and the Planning Commission. Minor updates to the narrative and maps are recommended to update technical information. No changes are proposed to the goals and policies.
The City Council also will hear a presentation on the Northwest Washington Incident Management Team, which is made up of emergency response professionals from 18 agencies within Snohomish, Skagit, Island, San Juan and Whatcom Counties.
The team assists in containment/control of incidents, provides logistic control, safety measures, operational command/support and assists with resource requests from state and federal sources. City staff is recommending that the City Council move to authorize the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement to participate in the Northwest Washington Incident Management Team.
The City’s 60th anniversary of incorporation is coming next November and City staff will be exploring with the City Council ways to celebrate.