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County hopes to resume issuing building permits soon, after several months of delay

County hopes to resume issuing building permits soon, after several months of delay

After a several-month-long hiatus in issuing building permits for houses that depend on a well for water, Okanogan County has started reviewing applications and hopes to begin issuing permits by the end of March. Three dozen building permits have been on hold as the county worked out an approach for complying with …
County adopts new water availability ordinance

County adopts new water availability ordinance

The county planning director will determine whether there is adequate, legal water available as part of the process of obtaining a new building permit in Okanogan County, commissioners decided last week. Grappling with a Supreme Court decision that said counties, not …
Proposal for vintage trailer park near Methow raises hackles, more questions

Proposal for vintage trailer park near Methow raises hackles, more questions

Although she has a compliance plan with Okanogan County that spells out the necessary permits for an RV park she is planning near the town of Methow, property owner Kimberly Mele continues to provoke neighbors and county officials by working on the site without authorization.
County adopts emergency rule to deal with development restrictions

County adopts emergency rule to deal with development restrictions

High court ruling shifts water adequacy burden to county By Marcy Stamper The Okanogan County commissioners have adopted an emergency ordinance to address a state Supreme Court ruling that halts new development without proof of water. The emergency ordinance establishes a new process for reviewing building applications following the October high court decision, which requires...
County reviewing development plan in light of recent court decision

County reviewing development plan in light of recent court decision

The Okanogan County commissioners are reviewing a revised version of a new ordinance that would consolidate procedures for land use and development, including countywide policies like the comprehensive plan, zoning and subdivisions.
County considering proposal for RV park near Methow

County considering proposal for RV park near Methow

Okanogan County is considering a proposal from a property owner who wants to create a nine-unit RV park with two tent sites and a bathroom facility on 11 acres located north of the town of Methow. A site plan for the Happy Camper Recreational …
Court voids county ATV ordinance, closing roads to the vehicles

Court voids county ATV ordinance, closing roads to the vehicles

Environmental review called ‘superficial’ By Marcy Stamper Okanogan County’s ordinance opening almost 600 miles of roads to wheeled all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) has been invalidated because the county failed to analyze the environmental impacts of allowing ATVs to use these roads, the state Court of Appeals in Spokane ruled last week. In a ruling that the...
Okanogan County planners nearer to zoning code completion

Okanogan County planners nearer to zoning code completion

The Okanogan County planning commissioners seemed satisfied with changes currently proposed for the county’s zoning, with most suggestions at their meeting on May 2 focused on how to handle nightly rental. They also made some changes to boundaries of the zones on maps for the entire county. The commissioners have recommended …
Comment on zoning, Public Health proposals

Comment on zoning, Public Health proposals

In late December, the county commissioners extended an interim zoning ordinance until June 22 so they can consider proposed changes. The Planning Commission will discuss the proposed zoning code — which covers many things beyond nightly rentals — on Monday (Jan. 11) at 7 p.m. in the commissioners’ hearing room in Okanogan. They won’t be taking any testimony at...
Two property owners seek to divide riverfront land

Two property owners seek to divide riverfront land

Okanogan County planners are reviewing two applications to subdivide lots, one in the Lost River Airport development near Mazama, and one on Twisp-Airport Road 1 mile south of Twisp. Laurence and Lisa Savage seek to divide 13.67 acres on the Methow River in the Lost River Airport development into two lots. One lot, on the...