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Long battle expected over county zoning code

Long battle expected over county zoning code

Okanogan County has filed responses denying all claims in two lawsuits that challenge the county’s new zoning code. The county says the plaintiffs’ claims that the new code fails to protect the county’s natural resources — in particular its water and farmland — lack factual …
Okanogan County proposes new ordinance to guide land-use process

Okanogan County proposes new ordinance to guide land-use process

Okanogan County is proposing a new ordinance that would consolidate application, review and approval procedures for land-use and development projects. The ordinance would cover projects such as subdivisions, development near shorelines, and polices like the comprehensive…
Valley and county to get modern emergency communications

Valley and county to get modern emergency communications

A 40-foot-tall wooden pole and a yurt that have housed the Methow Valley’s emergency communications equipment for half a century are being replaced over the next few weeks with new structures and modern wireless technology. Once completed, the system will use microwave transmission instead of the existing …
County’s new construction value on par with recent years

County’s new construction value on par with recent years

The value of new construction in Okanogan County in the past year is fairly consistent with value picked up annually since 2011, with the only spike recorded in 2015. New construction in Okanogan County in 2016 was valued at $40.7 million, a 20-percent drop from the $50.6 million added last year. “The spike in total new construction...
Kennedy, Branch will face off in District 1 commissioner race

Kennedy, Branch will face off in District 1 commissioner race

In a razor-thin primary election contest, Okanogan County incumbent Commissioner Sheilah Kennedy squeaked by with one more vote than challenger Chris Branch, whom she will face in the November general election. Kennedy received 615 votes and Branch got 614. While 2,274 people cast votes for District 1 commissioner, the top-three vote-getters …
Conservation groups sue county over newly adopted zoning code

Conservation groups sue county over newly adopted zoning code

Okanogan County’s new zoning code — the first complete update in 38 years — has been challenged in court by two conservation groups who argue that the code fails to protect the county’s natural resources, in particular its water and farmland. The lawsuit also asserts that the county did not take into account the potential impacts of wildfire in allowing...
Property taxes, federal reimbursements relieve county cash flow problems

Property taxes, federal reimbursements relieve county cash flow problems

Okanogan County no longer needs the ability to fall back on $605,463 in emergency funds to cover payroll and other regular county expenses. At the end of June, after Okanogan County took…
County zoning code’s EIS attachments include personal information about citizens council board members, staff

County zoning code’s EIS attachments include personal information about citizens council board members, staff

The environmental impact statement (EIS) on the county’s new zoning code is backed up by 21 attachments, such as maps, population estimates and an overview of county employment patterns.
County asks appeals court to review ATV ruling

County asks appeals court to review ATV ruling

Attorneys for Okanogan County have asked the state Court of Appeals in Spokane to reconsider a ruling issued last month that found the county had failed to adequately analyze the environmental impacts of opening almost 600 miles of roads to wheeled all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). The county’s motion for reconsideration challenges the court’s ruling on technical procedural...
County zoning code nearing completion

County zoning code nearing completion

Okanogan County appears to be close to having its first new zoning code in 38 years, now that the county’s planning commissioners have made their final changes to sections regulating nightly rentals and marijuana operations. The commissioners have also …