Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

PLANNING & CONSERVATION

County amends code for Mazama developments

The Okanogan County commissioners unanimously approved an amendment to the county code that requires at least twice the minimum lot size for planned developments in Mazama. The change makes zoning in the Upper Valley more consistent with that in the rest of the Methow Review District. The commissioners adopted the amendment on Monday (March 24)....

Scaled-back development up for planning department review again in Mazama

By Marcy Stamper
A Mazama property owner has revised a proposal for a development on Goat Creek Road, scaling it back to two residences instead of three on the eight-and-a-half acres. Project sponsor Ken Madden filed a revised proposal in March with …

County planning commission approves Mazama zone changes

The Okanogan County Planning Commission has recommended amending the county code to require at least twice the minimum lot size for planned developments in rural residential and low-density residential zones in Mazama. The action came at the commission’s public hearing on Monday (Feb. 24). If the county commissioners approve the changes, it would make zoning...

Citizens’ Council sues county over environmental review ordinance changes

By Marcy Stamper
The Methow Valley Citizens’ Council (MVCC) has filed a lawsuit against Okanogan County, asking the court to …

Environmental review of comp plan in the works

By Marcy Stamper
People who have been awaiting the next stage of the county’s comprehensive plan—the environmental analysis of the current draft, which has changed substantially from the one that was the basis for the last environmental impact statement—should soon have …

County seeks more state money to finish shoreline plan

By Marcy Stamper
The Okanogan County commissioners are awaiting a decision from the Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) as to whether the agency will …

Commissioners exempt smaller projects from environmental review across county

By Marcy Stamper
The standards for which construction projects will automatically be reviewed for potential environmental impact will be the same across the county, following …

Watershed council, county will work on revision of state water rules

By Ann McCreary
With the goal of securing additional municipal water for the town of Twisp, Okanogan County’s planning director and Methow Watershed Council members have agreed to work together on
Comment on county proposal to change environmental review

Comment on county proposal to change environmental review

By Marcy Stamper
You have an extra month to comment on proposed changes about how large building projects have to be before they automatically get reviewed for potential environmental impacts.
Counties may team up on shoreline master plan

Counties may team up on shoreline master plan

By MARCY STAMPER After five years of reviewing the plan that governs use and environmental protections of its shorelines, Okanogan County commissioners have floated the idea of working with neighboring counties, since the counties share rivers and lakes and, accordingly, the impacts of activities along their shores. Commissioners from Okanogan, Chelan and Douglas counties met...