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Skagit County's 2025 Comprehensive Plan

Have you ever wondered how our cities and counties decide what can be built where, which types of projects should be prioritized, which lands should be conserved, and how we make our communities livable? That’s in cities' and counties' comprehensive plans.

Skagit County is currently in the process of updating its comprehensive plan. This year, for the very first time, Skagit County must include a climate change and resiliency element, showing that the County is prepared to adapt to and mitigate the effects of a changing climate on our county.

Skagit County is holding Open Houses so that people can learn about the Comprehensive Plan update and weigh in on what you'd like to see in it.

We encourage you to attend one of these meetings, so you can learn from County staff and consultants and share your thoughts with them.

Upcoming “Drop-In” Open House Locations:

Sedro-Woolley Community Center - Wednesday, June 26th from 5:30-7:00 PM
703 Pacific Street, Sedro-Woolley, WA

Concrete High School - Thursday, June 27th at 5:30-7:00 PM
7830 S Superior Ave, Concrete, WA

If you cannot make it to an Open House, you can email your input to County planning staff.

Tara Satushek

Robby Eckroth

We encourage you to visit the County Comprehensive Plan site to learn more

A comprehensive plan sets priorities and seeks solutions for long-term issues including land use, natural ecosystems, housing, transportation and the economy etc. Decisions we make today have lasting impact on the future. The following climate and resiliency sub elements are now required:

1. The resiliency sub element must include goals and policies to improve climate preparedness, response and recovery efforts.

2. Green house gas emissions sub element must include ways to reduce emissions and vehicle miles traveled.

3. The climate elements must prioritize reductions that help overburdened communities, maximizing economic, environmental, and social co-benefits,while reducing air pollution.

Please check back on our Take Action page to stay updated and involved in the Comprehensive Plan process.

Skagit Land Trust signs letter supporting the Outstanding Resource Waters designation of the Cascade River

Click here to see the letter signed by Trust Excecutive Director, Molly Doran

Click here to add your public comments by September 27th.

Skagit Shoreline Management Program

Skagit Land Trust's comment letter is attached here

May 2023 Comment Letter

Nooksack elk herd

In April 2023 the WA State Fish and Wildlife Commission held a meeting regarding the North Cascade elk (commonly referred to as the Nooksack elk herd). Speakers from the Public gave testimony. The comments and presentation give a wide perspective of elk in the Skagit.

From the beginning to 1:42:00 are landowners, conservation groups, and community members giving public comments on elk.

From 3:37:00 to 4: 41:00 is a presentation by the tribal and WDFW Co-Managers. They are presenting to the WDFW Commissioners.

Skagit Land Trust believes that elk and other native wildlife have the right to live within their full range, including on the floor of the Skagit Valley. Their range is shown in the Washington Dept of Fish and Wildlife's (WDFW’s) North Cascade Elk Herd Management Plan. We appreciate the tribal and state wildlife co-managers and biologists who have worked hard to find thoughtful pathways to sustain a thriving elk population in the Skagit Valley, while continuing to work on collaborative solutions so that wildlife and people can co-exist. As conservation landowners, our lands are part of the herd's territory.