The latest draft comprehensive plan raised concerns about water quality protections. Photo by Sue Misao

The latest draft comprehensive plan raised concerns about water quality protections. Photo by Sue Misao

The Okanogan County planning commission continues deliberations on the county’s comprehensive plan on Monday (July 22).

The commissioners received hundreds of pages of input about the latest – and 12th – draft of the plan, including its failure to protect water quality or to identify specific goals for the county’s growth. The commissioners said they were not prepared to pass the plan on to the county commissioners without digesting the new comments.

The commissioners were also asked to review the section of the plan creating a special status for the Methow Valley as a “more completely planned area” because it was not clear that it covered the entire Methow Review District, which has had stronger environmental protections for more than three decades in the current comp plan.

Still, the commissioners indicated that they were eager to move ahead with the plan, which has been undergoing an update for more than six years. The county commissioners will take up the plan again after the planning commissioners have completed their review.

The planning commission meeting is at 7 p.m. in the commissioners’ hearing room in Okanogan. They have closed verbal testimony but written comments can still be submitted to smckenzie@co.okanogan.wa.us. The plan, map and environmental impact statement are available on the planning department website at www.okanogancounty.org/planning.