How do we get more general retail in town?

February 22, 2014 11:52 by Ryan
On Monday, the City Council voted to deny MJB’s latest proposal for a box store on their property on R Ave south of the skate park. The process that led to that decision received quite a bit of public testimony and interest, thanks to the City Council deciding to hold its own public hearing; the local community’s efforts to get the word... [More]

Speak Up, Speak Out

February 17, 2014 13:17 by Ryan
I was interviewed a couple of weeks ago on KSVR's Speak Up, Speak Out about work I'm doing at both the County and City of Anacortes. It’s 28 minutes, and more about procedure than policy. Download the mp3 at Speak Up, Speak Out

Watch Anacortes’s Development 1984-2012

May 14, 2013 00:33 by Ryan
Thanks to Time Magazine, you can watch an animation of Anacortes's growth in the last three decades. Go to Time's Timelapse viewer, make sure your browser is full screen, then click “Explore the World” and type in 98221 in the search in the lower right corner. HT: Cynthia Richardson. Here are our census figures over the same perio... [More]

Careful Stewardship, Not Blank Checks

September 9, 2012 13:27 by Ryan
The Skagit Valley Herald has a guest column worth reading today entitled “This special place that is our Skagit Valley” (available on GoSkagit or in the e-Edition) that notes the many “jobs” proposals we’ve seen over the years: The aluminum plant on Guemes Island. The nuclear power plants at Hamilton and on Kiket and Samish islands. The... [More]

What does Envision Skagit say about industrial land?

September 6, 2012 22:30 by Ryan
Several proponents of the Tethys UGA expansion application have tried to use the County’s Envision Skagit 2060project (an EPA-funded study to project growth in Skagit County through the year 2060) to justify the addition of industrial land to the City of Anacortes for the Tethys water plant. The Envision Skagit Citizen Committee issued an 85-page... [More]

What do you want to know about the Tethys UGA expansion proposal?

August 21, 2012 23:58 by Ryan
On Tuesday, September 4, the City Council will discuss the proposed resolution to ratify the mayor’s unauthorized application to the County to expand the Anacortes Urban Growth Area on behalf of Tethys Enterprises (ostensibly for a bottled water plant). A number of commenters at last night’s meeting had concerns about Tethys’s pla... [More]

Here Comes the Debate on the Hearing Examiner

June 26, 2012 22:38 by Ryan
The Anacortes City Council is (finally) poised to debate the Planning Department's proposal to adopt a Hearing Examiner, which the City has been slowly working through since 2010. Although we've had several meetings about the proposal, we have yet to actually debate the central issue: do we replace the citizen Planning Commission with an ... [More]

What’s next with the Hearing Examiner?

January 25, 2012 00:41 by Ryan
The City Council’s consideration of a switch to a Hearing Examiner system for review and approval of land use applications is moving forward. Here is the process the Planning Director proposed at Monday night’s City Council study session. The City Council did not adopt any process, so what follows is only one possible (but also probable) general ap... [More]

Proposals for Development Regulations Due Soon

January 17, 2012 00:01 by Ryan
The City’s Comprehensive Plan and its development code (Anacortes Municipal Code Titles 16, 17, and 18) are adopted by the City Council and together regulate land use in the City of Anacortes. As Planning Commissioner Lin Folsom noted at the last Planning Commission meeting, the City has set the last working day in March as the annual deadlin... [More]

AWC Essentials Training

January 16, 2012 23:18 by Ryan
Councilmember Eric Johnson and I attended the Association of Washington Cities Elected Officials Essentials training this weekend in Lynnwood. The AWC folks managed to pack a lot of information into a bit less than two days, and I met some other interesting electeds, learned about other cities’ practices, and brought home a lot of good reading mate... [More]