The Okanogan County commissioners have adopted six ordinances amending the county code that affect the duties of the hearing examiner, the review process for land-use applications and countywide policies like the comprehensive plan, and appeals of these decisions. The board approved the changes on Monday (Sept. 29).
The amendments also mean that only a decision that a project could have an adverse environmental impact — and thus require an environmental impact statement — could be appealed at the stage of a preliminary finding. Findings that a project would not affect the environment could only be appealed once the decision is finalized.
The commissioners took public comment on the proposals last week.
A more detailed report on the changes and on the public input will be available next week.