We are pleased to make available a selection of our illustrations of special memories of visits to Seattle and Whidbey Island.

Mt. Rainier is a live volcano - below an original watercolor of a different scene:  https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/mount_rainier/geo_hist_summary.html
 


M.S. Wirtenberg, watercolor:  "After Kensett"

S E A T T L E   I S    A B O U T    A N G L E S    A N D    G E O M E T R  Y   A N D    T R A N S P O R T A T I O N   A N D    W A T E R    A N D   N A T U R A L    D I S A S T E R   P O T  E N T I A L  

How is CT like Seattle metro area?  http://www.courant.com/opinion/insight/hc-op-insight-low-taxes-made-seattle-outrun-connecticut-20180409-story.html#nws=true
NEWS 



HARTFORD C.B.D. COULD BE ANOTHER SEATTLE:  YES OR NO.  WHAT'S MISSING HERE IN CONNECTICUT?

       
SEATTLE IS A STATE OF MIND
A very entertaining meeting on CT-N.   Washington State transit person spoke of need to open cities to their rivers no matter what the size.. 





Power to the "progressives" oops:  https://www.theday.com/business/20180612/amazon-flexes-muscles-seattle-backs-down-on-business-tax

Anchorage wants to be like Seattle:  https://www.adn.com/business-economy/2018/05/06/anchorages-version-of-pike-place-market-thats-one-idea-for-this-spot-downtown/
Visit Seattle in August and experience the wonder on the residents' faces as they blink and look confused when it is not grey out - and their surprise to see their SHADOWS!
 Read our various visits to Seattle "Picture Story"!

COMMENTARY:

"Terror" act - in Washington State by Whidbey Island resident - Oak Harbor;  A report:  http://www.adn.com/nation-world/2016/09/24/manhunt-underway-for-gunman-who-killed-5-at-washington-state-mall/
For access to Washington State Code - "Seattle" contains older pages and some links no longer work:  http://leg.wa.gov/LawsAndAgencyRules/Pages/default.aspx
TRANSPORTATION:  First there is pedestrian power, then bikesFerries are vital to the area's well-being.  A big train breezes thru the downtown.  And don't forget the houseboats--the one in "Sleepless in Seattle" has been repainted (too many fans making pilgrimages)!  #1 Expensive city in USA, according to Forbes Magazine 2004. What has 2004 brought to land use in Seattle?  Recognition that it is in shape (if we had to walk up and down hills like theirs, we'd be fit, too)... More Seattle, Washington: August 2005 snapshots of a cool city.

Checked out Seattle's islands in its own harbor in an earlier visit to a wedding on one of the smaller islands - see map - (previous trip to Seattle).


O N E    O F    T H E    P U G E T   S O U N D    I S L A N D S . . . I  have always thought that planning on Whidbey Island had a great deal in common with the Weston model...
  





HOT-BUTTONS:  Circles above links to 4 items of import - gotta know the answers here first ...
Introduction to our wind-shield tour;
Backup to our online research procedures - how do we find things out?
RCW:  What does this stand for?*  Answer:  "Revised Code of Washington" including powers of "cities and towns" as well as "counties" who are responsible for among other thing, a "comprehensive plan."
U.S. Census impacts Washington State, too!

It might appear that Washington State is ahead of CT in environmental rules and long range planning:  But the Town of Weston is ahead of both of them!  

Below, planners might be interested to know issues common to both Weston and Whidbey Island - in no particular order.  Find them below by navigating the rest of this page:


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* = Washington State's "code" dates from 1950.  C.G.S. ("Connecticut General Statutes") is a lot older. 
** = And then there is "code violations" which are described in the article below - sounds familiar.  We note that one of the codes being violated included "clearing land in eagle habitats" - and if the code enforcement planner is confused why everyone is so angry maybe nobody told him (he had just started work in Whidbey Island a matter of weeks or months before this report) about past fights about regs!

CODE VIOLATIONS IN ISLAND COUNTY
, as reported in the Whidbey News-Times July 28, 2017 by code enforcement planner:  A list of the 80 violations and areas of location, no specific addresses.

"About one quarter of the cases involve outdoor storage of junk and junk vehicle violations. Active building violations account for more than 26 cases; squatters comprised 10 cases while six involved illegal home occupation or home industry violations.

"Violating septic system, lighting, zoning, property line ordinances and illegal clearing of land also made the list.  Some involved unpermitted alterations of wetlands and buffer zones and illegally clearing land in eagle habitats and geologically hazardous slopes.

“'With new cases presented every week, repeat offenders and non-resolved cases, the system continues to be clogged'” ...

“To solve public concerns, it is pertinent for the code enforcement team to work steadfastly with multiple departments.”

"The code enforcemnt officer, newly hired, described the challenges faced daily by the code enforcers as 'health and safety, community resources and very angry and hostile citizens.'”

SOME OF THE ITEMS COVERED:
Introduction and basic data sources;  an island that might help us plan for other places like Weston, better?  Weston-South Whidbey comparison here.
PLANNING on Whidbey Island takes place at County and local as well as State of Washington levels:  PC notices
GROUNDWATER issues are or should be of concern to Whidbey Island as much as they might be in Weston CT - but fact situation is vastly different!
"SMART GROWTH" in Washington State.  With County government, city and/or small entities goverments, plus floating Growth Management boundaries annually (our interpretation).  We have included public notices describing what gets discussed and when (by example) in the overall planning process.  Very complicated in its own way - layers and layers of approvals to dispute in court!
How is Weston CT like Freeland on Whidbey Island?  Or closer in population, to South Whidbey?
And "San Francisco" is about earthquakes.  Although sometimes the powers that be seem to forget - estimates of population loss equal Sept. 11, 2001.








YES, MT. RAINIER LOOMS OVER THE CITY
Mt. Rainier ready for its close-up?  Out our hotel room window, across Elliot Bay, it looked even more enormous...at the Edgewater.

UNDER RECONSTRUCTION...rebuilding our visits one memory after another - more to come on Seattle, Washington sites and neighborhoods and one of its suburbs - Whidbey Island.




      


Water, water everywhere, as the poet said...
 
BE PREPARED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE ...WHEN THE SUN SHINES!

Our visit to Seattle, WA, population 563,000, was a long weekend.  From our hotel at Pier 67, it was a vacation to just sit and look out at the mountains seen or not seen over the waters of Elliot Bay.  Big water.  Seattle is a real place, with an active harbor or port.  Ferries to the many islands off Seattle come and go, cruise ships dock.  Plus a series of structures from Lake Washington all the way down through Union and Portage Bays to Lake Union to Salmon Bay and thence to the locks themselves...

The Pike Street Market and all the funky neighborhoods make Seattle mellow.  Or maybe the record high temperatures (in the 90's) just perked things up when we were there...

The water and the city came alive and went from gloomy fog to late afternoon sunlight regularly.  Very moody place.  Mt. Rainier looms over it--but it is a gorgeous spectacle!!!  Other than the mountain, colors are pastel, ALL windows in ALL buildings are LARGE and make for very beautiful architecture no matter what period or century--people really appreciate the sunlight.  This city was walkable in its dense downtown and market area.  Which is, of course, clogged with traffic.  See Pioneer Square below...in the heart of a busy downtown Seattle. 



SPORTS STADIUM BUILT BY NOTED SEATTLE SOFTWARE MAKER. 
Entering from Sea-Tac airport you pass hard by the home of several franchises in a few sports.  I was struck immediately by how large the windows were on ALL buildings.



IF YOU LIKE COFFEE YOU'LL LOVE SEATTLE.
Rain and more rain is the usual weather event.  Downtown it is one green place to another, in between are modern high rise office buildings--however many new and old buildings are "mixed use" and so the downtown is alive at night.  Lots of roof gardens and tiered buildings with multiple roof gardens. 



SEATTLE CITY OF ANGLES

The new Library (named for another famous Seattle area software maker's mother).  How does Seattle's planning department define "building height?"

 

    
THE BIG THING ABOUT SEATTLE: 
It is transportation--more modes of transit than you can imagine BEING USED ON A DAILY BASIS:






PLACES TO GO AND PEOPLE TO SEE AND THINGS TO DO


Dinner at the Edgewater or "In The Water" - definately the primo view of Elliot Bay!!!
Our first visit was the 40th Anniversary of The Beatles visit to Seattle - they stayed at the Edgewater.  Looking across Elliot Bay from the dinner table at other neighborhoods.






S E A T T L E    I S    A    C I T Y

    
YOU MAY HAVE TO STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET...OR DUCK UNDER A VIADUCT AND SEE A TROLL.
It is said that neighborhoods were designed to all have views of Elliot Bay.  Like in Manhattan real estate - "river view" means if you go into some back room and look really hard...you never know!



      
ALLEYWAYS, EASEMENTS AND AVOIDING INCLINES
You never have to keep walking straight uphill--there is always an "alley" cutting through to allow you to catch your breath.  Zoning regulations and statutes seem to discuss what Weston Selectmen knew years ago.




CIRCULATION
Seattle isn't too large, as metro areas go (@1,000,000 pop.).  Its central city is under 500,000 population.  The hub of vitality that is its downtown favors walkers.





THE ORIGINAL FARMERS MARKET :  A MULTI-STORY BOLD STEP BY THE FARMERS THEMSELVES, IIRC


      

D O W N T O W N :   R O O F    G A R D E N S ,    A N D    B I G    W I N D O W S
TRADITIONALLY, ONE TEST OF WHETHER OR NOT YOU ARE URBAN, AND A SIGN OF BEING A DENSE CITY, IS DOWNTOWN SKYSCRAPERS!!!




A WORKING PORT
"Do you know the way to...Seattle?"  Cars, boats, planes, trolley, cruise ships, ferryboats and possibility of commuting trains.  But it doesn't yet get coordinated too well, according to local source.  In fact, some might say Seattle is...floundering in its efforts to coordinate all modes...

  
War plane & electronics miniaturized for carrier deployment.


MUSEUM OF FLIGHT SHOWS NAVY A-6 AND A BIG AIR FORCE PLANE
The Blue Angels perform there.  The noise of take-offs is high pitched screaming brakes, low register thumping of the engines almost unheard,  but in tune with you heart beat.
Seattle is a Boeing city, and our visit to the Museum of Flight (to see retired British Airways Concorde and A6 "Intruder" shown above) happened as the Blue Angels took off.   Seattle has a most interesting other side...the locks and park system look like excellent topics for another visit!


S E A T T L E     I S     S A L M O N     C I T Y . . .

   
SEATTLE HAS A SERIES OF...LOCKS (IS THIS A PUN?)
A very weary, smokey salmon, photo used for graphic by Peter Kittas.  Regarding the system of locks, the outfall is, we think, into Puget Sound...


NEIGHBORHOODS

One neighborhood typical of the others--walkable, funky shops, bookstores, restaurants and trolls...yes, a statue of a troll under an overpass (not pictured...yet).

  
MORE NEIGHBORHOODS...
Seattle's strength as a city comes from its neighborhoods.  "P-Patch" parks dot the map (there was one in Belltown we visited on the way to the drugstore from our hotel).  In addition, people ride bikes all around.  Artist George Segal inspired?  White-painted bikes that had been involved in a fatal accidents - their ghostly presence dots every neighborhood. 



TWENTY MILES
And then we checked out Whidbey Island (via Washington State Ferry)...but only after driving a goodly distance to...



        
MUKILTEO:  Ferry dock under reconstruction in more recent years.
Where the Washington State Ferry dock is located, off the main highway - it reminded me of many trips to Long Island beaches.  A line to load and then...


  
THIS IS NOT AS BIG AS THE STATEN ISLAND FERRY
After a relatively brief but exciting trip across Puget Sound in the waves, Clinton, South Whidbey ferry dock hove into view.  What would we find?  So our adventure begins!!!
 




...ARRIVE CLINTON

Leaving our hotel
early, we had caught the 9:30am ferry out of Mukilteo for Whidbey Island (see glorious view from a friend's South Whidbey deck)..


    
FIRST COMES A MAP FOR "WINDSHIELD - WALKABOUT" SURVEY




  
How is Weston like South Whidbey? 
Whidbey and Camano make up "Island County, WA" ...South Whidbey looking back at the mainland.  And relaxing in a hammock...as the sun set on a long day's "windshield survey/walkabout."


Whidbey Island (in Island County, WA) 2005: 
After arrival and settling in with our hosts we prepared for land use exercise!



METHODOLOGY:  As someone once said to me regarding redevelopment - "you have to have a map" - and actually that is so very true for any planning process!

Beginning at the northerly part of Whidbey in the late morning, we worked our way back to "home base" as the sun was setting.:  A planner's "windshield" survey plus a few "walkabouts."

We did not photograph the Naval Air Station in North Whidbey, Oak Harbor area. 


Oak Harbor, "A Place to Play"
is the first and main city in this area, and is served by water from the mainland;  impervious surfaces abound, along with "strip development" - shows the impact of extension of public water supply to an island which in all other areas, residents must be concerned with draw down of its aquifer and saltwater intrusion.  Weston CT depends on wells and the health of groundwater - but Weston is not an island ('tho some might wish it were)!



SUMMARY IN PICTURE STORY HERE:



NORTHWEST TERRITORY
First stop - Deception Pass (northernmost section of Whidbey - GUESS WHAT?  Whidbey is unconnected except by a man-made bridge to the mainland at its north.  Passage through this end of the island tricky for boats.



HISTORIC, TOURIST CENTER, SEAT OF COUNTY GOVERNMENT
First stop, Island County seat Coupeville, historic and picturesque area:
https://coupevillehistoricwaterfront.com/about-chwa/community-partners/island-county-historical-society-museum/


Historical Society sets the tone.  See below "Tavern" - this is a special spot on the historical society map!  Low tide coming....


    
PORT OF COUPEVILLE - http://www.portofcoupeville.org/
Cute shops dot the main street in Coupeville;  alternative fuel vehicle piques interest;  breakfast in Coupeville...



MORE HISTORIC WHIDBEY.  AN INTERESTING PARALLEL TO WESTON, CT
Next stop, Ebey's Landing.  This is a large park and national historic site (read "Nature Conservancy").  And Captain Ebey's house (read Lachat Homestead and legal agreement).  Ebey's Landing is ten times as large - more area under Preserve control than the whole Town of  Weston.  And as such has more committees at more levels to deal with.  Which makes everything - like being in an historic district here, we expect, take longer.  For example:  A series of meeting notices and an interesting planning exercise to do anything.



WINE TRAIL, WHIDBEY ISLAND
   

 
    
CENTRAL WHIDBEY DOES FARM-RELATED BUSINESS:  WASHINGTON STATE WINES EXCELLENT! 
There appear to be 3 farmers' markets on Whidbey--Coupeville's (northern section), Central Whidbey has a
restaurant and wine tasting at "farm"; thoughtful inclusion of hydrant for dogs...check link for Island County Code related to animals);  South Whidbey farmers do their thing as well.  Please see how Whidbey planning relates to farming from our "archives" here and here.



FREELAND
Now we know why they call it "freeland" - home of the first (socialist) colony on the island.  Earlier established central Whidbey colony by Captain Ebey.  As well as boat building, long established company...and ferry specialists!!!


     
SOUTH WHIDBEY IS RURAL - NOTE HAY BALES IN FIELD.  REMINDS ME OF VAN GOGH...
Inland lakes in South Whidbey and Whidbey Institute and lots of open farm land typify this part of the Island...and it is close to Seattle.




ARTISTS
Glass blowers--the link is to a cooperative of artists) tucked away in the woods! 

FYI
"Cities" on Whidbey Island do their own planning under the eagle eye of County planners - see some examples of their studies HERE.  Home-businesses recognized as important asset in the socio-economic mix of South Whidbey.



CENTRALLY LOCATED
I
nteresting mix of Native American and Northwest motifs abound...c
omposting toilet for public use.




THE HEART OF WHIDBEY ISLAND IS, WE THINK, HERE:
Island politics happens here and in nearby community spaces including rooms for public gatherings for rent.  Sort of like Weston Center (if it had a second story)?


 
WARNING:  LINKS FROM HERE ON  BEING UPDATED - THANKS FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING IF NOT ALL OF THEM WORK!









VERY FORMALIZED PLANNING - This is the way they do it by WA. statutes. 

A LINK TO SUMMARY OF HOME OCCUPATION CHANGES:  https://www.islandcountywa.gov/Planning/Planning%20Commission%20Documents/GMA%2013722%20PC%20%20Findings%20of%20Fact%20for%20WCBD%20Code.pdf


Most recent meeting agenda ABOVE - Whidbey process different from Weston - here are some details online: 


PLANNING ON WHIDBEY ISLAND - ISLAND COUNTY, WA.

MEETING NOTICES:  We keep track of their meetings and have been since 2005. 


ISLAND COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDAS:  note that "Comp Plan" activity is different from CT planning process.  However, one thing we do share is concern for groundwater.  Theirs is for groundwater intrusion from the waters surrounding their island, and Weston's being that of contamination possibilities via unchecked growth as well as QUANTITY of groundwater as caused from drought only.

Indented items include meeting notices and newspaper stories (in part) describing the events. 

Our comment:  It seems that planning is done both locally and County-wide BUT zoning is done by County only.  And environmental concerns are addressed from the State Government to regions of the state larger than Counties.




How does County government resemble CT "MPO" style?  They meet when the working public can't be there.  BUT what it means is that staff doesn't have to work overtime (as in $$).
ISLAND COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION - Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 9am.




PLANNING STUDIES AND LINKS TO DATA


"About Town" has been to Whidbey twice;  Weston has things in common with the Island.  But no Counties in CT, since the late 1950's - 15 Regional Planning organizations, now merged into  6 or 7 C.O.G. units instead. 
Langley Planner from VT leaves after 31/2 years for...Seattle.  Surprised?  Nope.  Planning on Whidbey takes place at a few levels - State, County and city/town.

HERE IS A LINK THAT MIGHT BE A WAY TO FIND POPULATION PROJECTION METHODOLOGY FOR ISLAND COUNTY 2013-2033.

ISLAND COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION AND BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS (related matters that County Commissioners weighed in on)

NEW WETLANDS REGS  should be online at Island County website.

County readies new wetlands ordinance
Whidbey News-Times for story in full.
By Paul Boring
May 19 2007

As Island County prepares to finalize its new wetlands ordinance, planning staff are working feverishly to help the public make sense out of information that for many can be about as clear as mud.

Residents recently received a second mailing laying out the draft ordinance, which explains the daunting process the county underwent to revamp an ordinance that was established in 1984. Wetland regulations are part of the county’s Critical Areas Ordinance, a document that must be updated periodically.

“We were the first county to do that way back in 1984,” said Phil Bakke, Island County Planning and Community Development director:

 “What we have now is a complex ordinance. It’s like taking Windows and updating to Vista.*   It’s more complicated and more intuitive...”
 
“If WEAN wants to appeal, they can bring it on, on that basis,” he said. “If it’s about scientific validity, go ahead and appeal. This is extremely scientifically defendable.”

For more information about the draft wetlands ordinance, visit the Web site at www.islandcounty.net/planning/index.htm

* = And we all know how well that worked!
 




Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink - salt water intrusion, or pollution via animal wastes?  And how have strict new regulations worked out?  Who's minding the store?

G R O U N D W A T E R

   

H2O

Role of County Population Projections?  Considering how poorly these prognostications work, we would hope answer is "not much."
HOW DOES WHIDBEY ISLAND DIFFER FROM WESTON, CT?  OR NOT?




NOBODY WANTS TO TALK GROUNDWATER INTRUSION, BUT WE'D GUESS IT IS PLAYING SOME PART...

Intrusion by the sea undermining waterfront hillsides?
Landslide Near Seattle Followed Years of Shift
By KIRK JOHNSON, NYTIMES
March 29, 2013

The violent energy of the earth can sometimes feel predictable. An earthquake striking a steep slope of gravel or boulders creates an outcome that even a nongeologist could foresee. Volcanoes can literally move mountains.

The huge landslide that struck early Wednesday morning on Whidbey Island, about 50 miles north of Seattle, was the kind of event, though, that can make things feel more fickle. The landslide, which destroyed one home and left more than a dozen others cut off from access by road, sent the equivalent of 40,000 dump-truck loads of earth — about 200,000 cubic yards — heaving toward Puget Sound. A road was shifted about 80 feet vertically and to the west. A forest at the top of a cliff was pummeled to splinters on the beach. No one was injured...story in full from NYTIMES.




Ledgewood devastated by landslide
By JUSTIN BURNETT, Whidbey News Times Staff reporter
March 29, 2013 · Updated 2:07 PM

An enormous landslide in Ledgewood this morning has severely damaged at least one home and impacted more than 30 others.

The slide occurred in the Central Whidbey Community at about 4 a.m. Hundreds of feet of earth sloughed off from the bluff above Driftwood Way, destroying much of the road and knocking one home off its foundation..story in full from News-Times.




Weston, CT doesn't have "shoreline" but there are some "lakes" and Conservation Commission most likely sees to this issue...we hope!

SHORELINE MANAGEMENT PLAN UP FOR APPROVAL on a regular basis:      https://www.islandcountywa.gov/Pages/Search.aspx?k=shoreline%20management



Septic program seen as successful so far
By JESSIE STENSLAND, Whidbey News Times Assistant editor
Aug 24 2010, 3:43 PM · UPDATED

Mark Lenocker pulled the first of three lids off a septic mound system at a North Whidbey home Wednesday afternoon and immediately knew something was wrong. A solid mass of shiny-brown sewage was at the top, nearly overflowing from the underground tank.

At the next lid, it was clear that effluent had been escaping from the septic tank for quite some time onto the lawn where the owner’s dog plays.

“That’s not good,” Lenocker said to his boss, Bruce Silvia of Oak Harbor’s Silvia Septic Service.

The men were at the home to do an annual inspection of the mound system, as required by Island County code. They discovered that the floats weren’t working properly, which stopped the pumps and allowed sewage to overfill the tanks....story in full at News-Times.





The Westport-Weston Health District interviews with About Town a few years ago on similar topic!

Septic anger flows over
By JESSIE STENSLAND, Whidbey News Times Assistant editor
Sep 15 2009, 3:49 PM

An overflowing crowd of septic tank owners told the Island County Board of Health that the On-Site Sewer Operations and Maintenance Program stinks.  More than 130 residents filled the Coupeville Recreation Hall Monday night to air their grievances with the program, which requires regular inspections of septic systems in the county.  Oak Harbor resident Keith Brady was cheered for his comments suggesting the program is “overkill” and that resident should be trusted to keep their septic tanks working properly.

“I don’t need Big Brother to hold my hand...” he said. “If a system doesn’t work, the owner is immediately knee-deep in doo-doo...”


“The effluent that goes into your septic tank eventually comes out your faucet,” he said...story in full at News-Times.


Coupeville expands its water service
Whidbey News-Times
By Nathan Whalen
Apr 08 2006

The town of Coupeville is looking to expand its water service area boundary, ending a moratorium that goes back years.

...The county has two wells near where the town wants to place its new well. The county uses one of the wells for irrigation at Rhododendron Park. Kelly said the county wells shouldn’t affect the town’s plans.  The town is currently accepting bids for the new well. The well is expected to produce 60 gallons of water per minute which should provide water for 200 additional customers.
 
The town prohibited new hookups for out-of-town customers in the mid-1990s because the town didn’t have the infrastructure and water supply to properly serve them.
Conard said improvements have been made over the years. Those improvements include installation of a new water tower, replacement of a water main near Fort Casey, and improvement of the water treatment system and wastewater treatment facility. The new service area boundary is based on a review of population densities, current water rights the town holds, the current water system and what areas could eventually access water mains... Story in full at News Times.
 


Island County water plan stirs debate
South Whidbey RECORD
By ERIC BERTO
May 28 2005

Despite the county’s best efforts, just how much water is available underground is still not known, nor is it ever likely to be.

At a public hearing Monday about the proposed Watershed Management Plan, a riptide of criticism was evident in the comments.  North Whidbey resident Donna Painter said that the plan, which has been five years and $500,000 in the making, contains a lot of uncertainties and non-answers...

“The only way we’ll ever know how much water we have is to dig up the whole island and see what we have,” Higman said... The plan also proposes utilizing reclaimed water for uses such as farm irrigation. In addition, the idea of using “hauled water for emergency or short-term water supply. Water could be hauled by truck or boat,” is proposed in the plan...story in full at South Whidbey RECORD.

 


Navy, county to test private wells
Whidbey News-Times, March 23, 2005
By Susan Mador

Whidbey Island Naval Air Station plans to sample privately- owned wells adjacent to Navy property to detect whether a chemical has migrated past the current treatment system...Recent sampling has detected groundwater concentrations ranging from a high of 14 parts per billion to about 7 ppb at the Navy property line. While a federal Maximum Contaminate Level for consumption of 1,4-dioxane in drinking water has not been developed, Washington state has established a groundwater cleanup level of 7.95 ppb.

Higman said most residents in the area use city water but there are private wells in the area...in the early 1990s, solvents trichloroethylene (TCE) and 1,1,1-trichloroethane (TCA) were identified as contaminants and a treatment system was installed to remove them from the groundwater and return the treated water to the aquifer.

Ten years ago, when the base began monitoring the site, low levels of 1,4-dioxane could not be detected. New methods now make it possible to detect this chemical, according to the Navy’s news release. Tests of monitoring wells at Landfill 6 indicate the presence of 1,4-dioxane...story in full at News-Times.




Sea-water intrusion:  https://www.islandcountywa.gov/Health/DNR/Documents/TopicPaper%20SWI.pdf
Minutes of the Island County Board of Health
Regular Meeting Monday April 19, 2004 (NOTE: only part of this agenda)

Members Present:  Commissioners:  William J. Byrd; Mac McDowell, Mike Shelton; Barbara Saugen, WGH Commissioner and Captain Susan B. Herrold, NC USN (Naval Hospital Oak Harbor); Roger S. Case, M.D., Executive Secretary to the Board

Absent: Mayor Patty Cohen, Oak Harbor...
 

Presentation: U.S. Geological Survey – related to this paper?
 
This report was given by S.S. Sumioka, Mark Savoca, and Doug Kelly.  During the past five years USGS has conducted a study about ground water in Island County.  80% of Island County’s population uses ground water as its potable water.  The study included:

·         Estimating ground water recharge from precipitation

·         Applying a Deep Percolation Module

·         Estimating groundwater recharge in 6 study basins-South Camano, North Camano, North Whidbey, Penn Cove, Cultus Creek, and South Whidbey State Park. They considered certain variables — range of precipitation, types of soils, (most of island is made of impermeable soils), and vegetation effects on the water for recharge

·         Estimated recharge “average”: Whidbey = 5.71”; Camano = 5.98”

·         Deep Percolation model showed annual average recharge for the 6 study basins to be approximately  6”; the Chloride Mass Balance approximately 2” (within expectations).
 
 

Doug Kelly gave a brief summation of Why & What are we going to do with the information that was gathered:

—     groundwater flow modules for county

—     surface water modeling

—     watershed planning

—     model calibration (gives lots of information.)
 
 

Water Shed Planning — the assessment: Phase II (Numeric quantification of water resources)

·         looking at sea water intrusion

·         Artificial Recharge – is it possible? – how possible?

·         Readying for Phase III
 
 

Post-presentation comments: Commissioner Shelton thanked Steve Sumioka and Mark Savoca for their work in this study, and said that they could always depend upon Doug Kelly to give science-based information regarding our water and not information based on politics. . . “even though it may not be what we want to hear”.  Rufus Rose, a resident of South Whidbey, then asked if this presentation could be given to the “Old  Goats” on South Whidbey. Doug’s answer was in the affirmative.








"Animal Unit" worried as Assistant Planning Director checks out the field from over the fence.  Growth not a dirty word in Langley...un-Fair TAKING?
"SMART GROWTH" IS THE WORD, STATE OF WASHINGTON (RCW)
WARNING:  THE COST OF A SEWER SYSTEM.

PORT OF COUPEVILLE HERE:  Special Districts big in Washington State - out of reach of county planning?  And where does local planning fit in?

Conservation fees imposed;  2012 legal decision.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN 2013 public input process for 2016 Plan update;

GROWTH POLITICS 2008

How now, to keep undeveloped land undeveloped?  Moo! 

NEW WETLANDS REGS - Is it true that George Orwell was the County's consultant on these?

Smart animals ask, what's up with the Fair's finances and by the way, does politics raise its ugly head here? 

Population projections point to encouraging growth - how smart;

It began in 1990..."Growth Management" the word in Washington;  Hearing Boards tell County and local government what they can and cannot do when it comes to "urban growth boundaries."  A recent example of GMA on Whidbey Island;  lawsuit coming?

State of Washington Code http://www1.leg.wa.gov/LawsAndAgencyRules

How about Hearing Board's unanimous decision on ag rules in "Critical Areas?"
Finally, an explanation about greenhouse gas emisssions!  All along we thought it might have something to do with cows...



 
  ISLAND COUNTY STRATEGIC PLAN FOR FAIRGROUNDS:   http://www.aboutweston.com/Island-County-Fair-Strategic-Plan-Final2-14-2014.pdf
Read the "Strategic Plan" document for application to Weston.
 
Animal interests among top concerns for Island County fairgrounds changes
BEN WATANABE,  South Whidbey Record Sports, Langley, South Whidbey Fire/EMS
2-24-14

Animal safety and comfort, failed bonds and adequate demand were among the chief worries spoken at a public presentation Tuesday about drastic changes proposed for the Island County fairgrounds.

A crowd of about 75 people crammed into the Coffman Building to hear and see the plans for restructuring the facility’s management and revamping its structures. Some of the most noticeable changes are a planned reduction of 27 buildings to 12 and the paving of the RV park and campground south of the main fair area.

“We have more facilities than we can use … ,” said Paul Schell, owner of the Inn at Langley and a member of the steering committee that presented the plans...story in full at South Whidbey RECORD.

The steering committee’s presentation is available for viewing online...
 




NOT SO "FAST" (NOT A REFERENCE TO WESTPORT TERTIARY TREATMENT FACILITY).

The Freeland Water and Sewer District is proposing sewers in the downtown core.  It is necessary to have an accurate map of where existing infrastructure and facilities are located...FIRST. 

Second, in this case on Whidbey Island, State of Washington (which has Counties), check the map's yellow area:  "...Planners (FYI - County planner, that is) have technical concerns about the (Water District - lots of separate semi-governmental entities in WA) district’s plans to site a treatment plant on the same property that’s home to the district’s primary wells on the south side of Highway 525, across from Harbor Avenue."

  




Records detail origins of deal
South Whidbey RECORD
By BRIAN KELLY
Apr 28 2007

LANGLEY — Island County fair officials wanted much more than they got in the proposed settlement offer over Fairgrounds Road, according to documents released by the county this week.  Public records also show the settlement was almost endangered by an eleventh-hour request by fair administrator Sandey Brandon for access through the construction zone every weekday except Monday.

Langley officials announced an “agreement in principle” on April 18 with fair and county officials in the fight over Fairgrounds Road, a city street that Langley wants to build across the southern tip of the county fairgrounds to lessen future traffic troubles in town.  Fair officials have fought the city’s attempts to get an easement across the fairgrounds for more than a year, but the county fair board and county commissioners agreed to settle the dispute with Langley earlier this month.

The agreement, when finalized, would end the city’s condemnation lawsuit against Island County in exchange for a roa
 



Whidbey News-Times

By Paul Boring
Sep 30 2006

If population projections from the Office of Financial Management are accurate indicators, Island County could have 110,050 people by 2025...

The jump from 77,261 people in 2005 to 110,050 in 2025 represents a 20-year increase of 32,789 people or 30 percent. The projections show the county’s population increasing by about 8,000 people every five years beginning in 2005...

We note that in 2015 Wikipedia data shows numbers as follows:











WHIDBEY ISLAND HOT BUTTONS:  Sounds like some other places we are familiar with... AFFORDABLE HOUSING:  Freeland project in progress;

FINANCIAL CRISIS REACHES WHIDBEY ISLAND;
Visit Island County - a place to play, dream, a way of life...recreational pot purchases in Bayview soon?  Or not?
Wetlands.  And Growth Management.

T
he Nature Conservancy's recent purchase in...Island County!


E-LAND USE PLANNING FOR WHIDBEY ISLAND, WASHINGTON (U.S.A.) - OOPS, WE FAILED TO MENTION ISLAND COUNTY'S "JOURNEY TO WORK" (HOW MANY DIFFERENT MODES AGAIN?)!


MULTI-MODAL MUKILTEO
Best traffic picture (webcam) from Mukilteo to Seattle; the WSF webcams;  go to assortment of super links.  Twice a week, newspapers for local flavor:  South Whidbey  RECORD  http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/swr/ and Whidbey News-Times http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/




Tour of  Whidbey Island with "About Town"

Introduction from Wikipedia:

FINANCIAL CRISIS;

Growth Management: as revised...(is this something CT wants to do...in our lifetime?)

Consultant contract extension for...Scenic Corridor Management Plan:

From Minutes of Dec. 6, 2004 Board of Island County Commissioners:  Supplemental Agreement No. 1 – PW-0320-102(A); Island County and Otak, Inc. for  Whidbey Island Scenic Corridor Management Plan... as recommended by Mr. Oakes (a Commissioner), the Board by unanimous motion approved Supplemental Agreement No. 1 [PW-0320-102(A)] with Otak, Inc. for  Whidbey Island Scenic Corridor Management Plan, for the purpose of extending completion date to  May 31, 2005.

Regionalism, State of Washington style - how many forms of government can you find in the State of Wasington?  Use your calculator!.  Transportation in Seattle - take your choice!

"RCW" - In 2014, a question about 2008 hospital purchase of land without appraisal (isn't it always apout property?).   Revised Code of the State of Washington:  http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/

 "Growth Management" act links.

Who's in charge? 
Some Whidbey Island planning background: 
Groundwater protection laws, State of Washington practice.  LWV of Whidbey Island study HERE.This is a terrific study if you get to see it...but it was put on-line as a pdf of a flyer--two columns on each webversion page--please read it by PAGE NUMBER (at the bottom right of each column); Development issues:water study DRAFT findings; RIGHT TO KNOW: for the official code http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?dispo=true&cite=120;  comparison, in CT BEACHES:  Surface water quality .

AFFORDABLE HOUSING:   How it relates to zero incremental runoff subdivision regulations in Weston, CT.
Research sources - breaking news on the seismic front:   http://www.ess.washington.edu/SEIS/PNSN/

Whidbey News-Times: http://www.whidbeynewstimes.com/
South Whidbey RECORD: http://www.southwhidbeyrecord.com/
Everett, WA Herald: http://www.heraldnet.com/
University of Washington:
Earth and space science, specifically, click here;

Government: Puget Sound: State of the Sound


OPEN GOVERNMENT DESK BOOK;  Open Government link, for State of Washington; Washington State WEBSITE: http://access.wa.gov/ Island County:  https://www.islandcountywa.gov/Pages/Home.aspx Sno-Isle Libraries:  http://www.sno-isle.org/ Island Transit (free): http://www.islandtransit.org/  






INTRODUCTION :  on August 7-8, 2005, "About Town" was guided around Island County - conducting a "SR525 windshield survey"  from end to end (with detours) - Deception Pass to the wilds of unincorporated Clinton and lots inbetween;  we took walking tours of walkable areas, too, visiting the "cities" of Oak Harbor, Langley, County seat Coupeville; Ebey's Landing, Whidbey Institute, Bayville coop, inland lakes and REALLY BIG TREES - and some wonderful spots tucked away...we had arrived fresh from Seattle, the Blue Angels taking off from Boeing Field still fresh. So Whidbey NAS was a perfect tie-in...A-6 Intruders one of our favorite 'planes (great radar).

A virtual visit - or a real one - to Whidbey Island starts by getting off the Washington State Ferry HERE...
Or if you'd like a different view, try this webcam!
Now I know why the other end of Whidbey Island has a State Park called "Deception Pass"...it is where there is a bridge to get off Whidbey Island by heading toward...Canada!  A lot faster than the ferryboats can take you!
Whidbey Island, is a big island, on Puget Sound:
http://www.gonorthwest.com/Washington/puget/whidbey/whidbey_island.htm

More reports below of background on major issues.





Permit headache douses Bayview pot biz
by BEN WATANABE,  South Whidbey Record
Jul 11, 2014 at 4:00PM

The wait for legal weed on South Whidbey may be longer than first thought.

Whidbey Island Cannabis Company lacks the proper permits to open one of the state’s first recreational marijuana stores, and the county planning director alerted shop owner Maureen Cooke five days before the new business received the state’s OK...full story here.
 




Budget crisis cuts county office hours
By JESSIE STENSLAND
Whidbey News Times Assistant editor
Today, 2:24 PM · UPDATED

Beginning in March, anyone going to the administration building of the Island County campus in Coupeville won’t be able to get in the door before 9 a.m. or after 4 p.m.

There will be “a nice big sign that announces the office is closed due to the budget crisis,” Island County Commissioner John Dean said Wednesday. Currently, the building that houses human resources, the treasurer, the assessor, the auditor and the commissioners’ office are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The county offices in other buildings — including the sheriff, prosecutor, planning, health — will remain on the 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. schedule...story in full at Whidbey News-Times.







Click above or here to read about Puget Sound Planning.

Growth Management
Things start at the top in WA - check out WA population forecasts - not the same thing as  population estimates.
Articles relating to "growth" management issues will be organized here...this issue is THE one to explore for Whidbey Island, and should be of interest to all residents of Clinton as they approach major planning initiatives in Island County...
 


From the "horse's mouth"
Whidbey’s census forecast: Gray and grayer
By JESSIE STENSLAND
Whidbey News Times Assistant editor
11 April 2011;  Today, 7:49 AM · UPDATED

Results from the 2010 Census show that Island County is graying faster than the state or the nation as a whole.  While the county’s total population continues to grow — though not at the rate predicted by the state — the number of people under 18 years old decreased significantly over the last decade.

It’s not a surprise to anyone in the county who pays attention to demographic trends, but it validates what some people consider a worrisome drift in the population — or at least one that has to be planned for.  Cheryn Weiser, the director of Senior Services of Island County, points out that the demographic shift toward more older people and fewer younger people is more pronounced in Island County, even compared to surrounding counties.

“It’s a daunting challenge,” she said. “We’re beginning a strategic planning process this year to deal precisely with this issue. I don’t think anyone has this figured out yet...”



Incorporation - another way WA "controls" growth...for example:

Comprehensive plan group shifts into high gear -  "About Town" asks:  No more farmers?
By MICHAELA MARX WHEATLEY
Mar 28 2007

LANGLEY — Halfway through the effort to update the city’s plan for growth, the Langley city council gave its volunteer planners a big thumbs up for the work they’ve accomplished so far.  Councilman Robert Gilman, the executive team leader for the comp plan, said reorganizing the planning group and implementing changes will be the name of the game in 2007. It’s now time to delve into the details, he said.

“We are about halfway through the comp plan process and work on shifting from a community-visioning phase to a phase that will be more directly focused on the specifics of the comp plan updates,” Gilman said...


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BOUNDARIES SET FOR CITY OF FREELAND
South Whidbey RECORD
By GAYLE SARAN
Feb 17 2007

FREELAND STORY VIA EVERETT HERALD — Useless Bay Colony has been chopped out of the proposed boundaries for the new city of Freeland.

What is included are the housing developments at Mutiny Bay, Mutiny Sands and the Holmes Harbor community.  After months of deliberations, proponents of the incorporation effort for Freeland have set the new city’s boundaries. Useless Bay Colony was not included because most people on the committee felt the golf course community south of Double Bluff Road was too far from the heart of Freeland.

The volunteer incorporation committee finalized the boundaries during a workshop Monday night.  Dean Enell, chairman of the incorporation group, said they wanted to be as realistic as possible...SEE BELOW.







INCORPORATION:  this is still done in places like State of Washington and Whidbey Island!
COUNTY PLANNING 

The Island County logo (version #2)
What is the goal of this "About Town" inquiry?  It is to secure the future for Whidbey Island as a natural haven.  The policies to achieve this goal focus on providing a balance between sensitive development and protected environment - all the time remembering that Island County is just that--separated from the mainland...

NOT SO HOT OFF THE PRESS:  The County planners are hard at work - check out what they are up to in Freeland!  South Whidbey next?
Is Clinton OK with a RAID?
South Whidbey RECORD
By STEPHEN MERCER
Mar 26 2005


Ultimately, we believe Freeland never did implement their plan...but they did update it in 2016.


PARCELS:  https://www.islandcountywa.gov/maps/Pages/Home.aspx

ZONING MAPS:  https://www.islandcountywa.gov/planning/pages/zoningmaps.aspx

Pay for maps here...topos, etc.
http://county-map.digital-topo-maps.com/washington.shtml

 
 




*CRITICAL AREAS (story on how Island County revised its wetlands regs - finally done in March 2008)- HINT:  as in CT, it is the State that calls the shots...State of Washington environmental rules.

LID = https://www.islandcountywa.gov/planning/pages/LID.aspx
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CHECK OUT COUNTY PLANNING ON WHIDBEY ISLAND




DEVELOPMENT ISSUES & HOW WESTON AND SOUTH WHIDBEY SHARE SOME...MACQUARIE BANK, LTD OF "DOWN UNDER" OWNED AQUARION (NOW IN THE HANDS OF POWER COMPANY) AND NOW PUGET SOUND ENERGY!



Island County logo #3...Weston CT logo carved for bicentenial in 1987
Deeper into the community...CT eliminated County Government in 1959.
There appears to be similarity between Whidbey Island and its issues and Weston, CT.  According to the online Whidbey NEWS-TIMES: http://www.whidbeynewstimes.com/  and the http://www.southwhidbeyrecord.com/, which we read now,  searching for "planning" stuff, several matters have come up that Weston CT deals with, too.
See how the State of Washington implements "smart growth" in, appropriately named, a section of the Island called "Freeland."





COMMUNITY ANALYSIS:
Is Whidbey Island one place, or is it really a community of divided interests?  South Whidbey is most like Weston, CT, but other parts of the State of Washington (specifically Island County's neighbor Snohomish County) winks at "smart growth"...

BUT NOT EXECUTIVE SESSIONS
Island County Commissioners put selves on Internet
By JESSIE STENSLAND, Whidbey News Times Assistant editor
Aug 21 2011

They haven’t gone viral, at least not yet, but the Island County commissioners are now on the Internet.



Women take over county
Whidbey News Times
By JESSIE STENSLAND
Nov 28 2008, 12:53 PM · UPDATED

Just after 3 o’clock Tuesday, Helen Price Johnson was sworn in as the first woman to serve as an Island County commissioner.  A crowd of county employees and well-wishers hoping to witness the historic moment overflowed into the halls of the Law and Justice Center and burst into cheers as Price Johnson finished her oath.  In an interview, Price Johnson said she was honored to be chosen by voters to break through this particular glass ceiling.

“It’s good to have reflective representation of the community on the board,” she said. “My grandmother would be very proud. She was 21 when women earned the right to vote. She always made it clear that the right was hard-earned and sacred...”



Islanders in 12 precincts must now vote by mail
South Whidbey RECORD
Aug 07 2001

"People living in 12 Island County precincts won't be going to their polling places on election day any more.The Island County Auditor's Office last week mailed a notice to registered voters living in those precincts that beginning with this year's Sept. 18 primary election they will be voting exclusively by mail.

Island County Auditor Suzanne Sinclair said Thursday that the precincts chosen for mail-only ballots have 200 or fewer active registered voters, described as people who actually go to the polls to vote.

In Island County, about half the voters routinely vote by absentee ballot, Sinclair said. The figure in the 2000 election was 50.5 percent...




HOW IS FREELAND LIKE WESTON CT?  TO BEGIN WITH, IT HAS A CBD...

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NATURE CONSERVANCY IN ISLAND COUNTY - further evidence that this website's comparison between Whidbey Island and Weston (proverbial island) might be valid!
NOTE: red boarder around proposed city boundaryof Freeland;  WASHINGTON STATE D.O.T. FERRY CAMS: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/cameras/





Proposed Zoning for part of South Whidbey ...
LAND USE - 8/31/00 (Freeland)

I. ISSUES

A. What factors and assumptions should be used when determining population estimates and population capacity?
B. What residential densities are appropriate in Freeland? How much residential land should be designated in
Freeland?
C. If some residential densities will be lower than four dwelling units per acre, what are some justifying factors?
D. How much commercial land should be designated in Freeland?
II. BACKGROUND
A. Growth Management Act.
The Third Compliance Order from the Western Growth Management Hearing Board contains language regarding “limited areas of more intensive rural development”. Their discussion of RCW 36.70A.070(5) is as follows:
“Thus, ‘existing areas or uses’ that may have ‘more intensive rural development’ must be actual areas or uses
capable of having a ‘logical outer boundary’ based on characteristics of the surrounding area, and not simply
undeveloped land which was zoned for intensive use at the time the County became subject to GMA’s requirements.
While undeveloped land may be part of such an area, it cannot in and of itself constitute the area of more intensive
development under these sections of GMA.”

“Conclusions: The new amendments to GMA contained in RCW 36.70A.070(5) allow limited exceptions where
more intensive development is allowed in rural areas. These exceptions are generally limited to areas with some
significant development in place, not merely lightly developed areas with historically higher density zoning. The
new amendments simply reiterate GMA’s goals of reducing sprawl and containing urban growth to areas where
services can be provided effectively.”

B. Island County Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations.
On September 29, 1998, the BICC adopted the Island County Comprehensive Plan and implementing development regulations. It was on this date that a RAID designation was given to Freeland.

RAIDs are a Comprehensive Plan Land Use designation that are either residential, commercial or mixed use. The Freeland RAID actually consists of two separate adjacent RAIDs, a commercial RAID that is zoned Rural Center and a residential RAID that is zoned Rural Residential. The Rural Center zone is the most intense commercial zone type in Island County and allows a variety of uses ranging from grocery stores to retail office space to gas stations to light industrial activities.

Design regulations were also established that apply to the RC zone which are uniformly applied to all commercial development in Island County.
The Rural Residential zone allows a density of 3 dwelling units per acre. Development in both the RC and the RR zone do not require the installation of such urban services as sewer, water and stormwater and therefore necessitate on-site treatment.

C. Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board Order.
On June 2, 1999, the Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board issued an order that applauded Island County’s effort to establish a citizen based sub-area planning committee that would explore designation of Freeland as a non-municipal urban growth area (NMUGA) and given the importance of how this designation relates to accomplishing the goals of the Comprehensive Plan, set forth a compliance schedule for NMUGA designation.

However, the Hearings Board also stated that the County had to take interim actions to ensure that development would not result in sprawl while the committee was doing their work. Over the next 12 months and through several different legislative actions, the BICC adopted ordinances that would limit the scale of commercial development, limit the location of certain types of commercial development and reduce the boundary of the Freeland RAID by eliminating that portion which lies south of SR 525 and a portion of land referred to as the Holly Farm.

The Hearings Board responded to these actions by stating the RAID was now in compliance with the Growth Management Act.



WICA Season Tickets On Sale
On Sale Wednesday, August 31 at 1pm! WICA’s 2005-06 Season of Events

Tickets go on sale for Whidbey Island Center for the Arts highly anticipated 2005-06 Season beginning Wednesday, August 31 at 1pm at 565 Camano Avenue or by phone at (360) 221-8268 / toll free at (800) 638-7631. Order early to get the very best seats to a great line up of the most spectacular entertainment the island has to offer, as well as great chances to save on a number of special packages.

Theatre Series Packages: 4-show matinee package: $32 / 4-show evening package: $48.......... Noises Off, by Michael Frayn (October 2005)..........

A Murder is Announced, by Leslie Darbon based on the Agatha Christie novel (February 2006)..........

Seduced, by Sam Shepard (April 2006).......... The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde* (June 2006)..........

Add the Special Event The King and I, by Rogers and Hammerstein (December 2005) to any package order for only $10 (must be used December 9 or 16)

Family Series Package: all 4 shows for only $20! Faustwork Mask Theatre (November 2005) The Tweaksters (January 2006) Repertory Dance Theatre (March 2006) The Cashore Marionettes (May 2006)

New! The Island Exchange Series – brings artists from neighboring islands to WICA All 4 shows for $40 The South End String Band (September 2005) The Olga Symphony (January 2006) The Solar Siblings (March 2006) The Rural Characters (May 2006)

Other Events: Saratoga Chamber Players: “Bonfires and Effigies” (November 2005) Barnstorming: A one-act original play by Tim Rarick (January 2006) Local Artist Shows: The Stone Road Band (Nov); Levi Burkle (Jan); Sister Monk Harem (March); and Billet Deux (May)

Individual tickets are available for any of WICA’s shows. To receive a copy of WICA’s color season brochure with a pull-out calendar, call the box office at (360) 221-8268 or (800) 638-7631 or visit our new-improved website beginning in September at www.wicaonline.com


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* one of "About Town's" favorite plays!!!  (remark re:  losing one parent is a tragedy, losing both is careless???--Wilde said it better)
email: langley@whidbey.com 


WHIDBEY ART -  http://www.whidbeyarttrail.com/about.html
Whidbey Island and Weston, CT are home to many artists.  Westonites value the natur
al beauty of our landscape.

ONE MEASURE OF A COMMUNITY IS THE CULTURAL EVENTS IT SUPPORTS...WHAT DOES WHIDBEY ISLAND HAVE THAT WESTON DOES NOT?







District feels pinch of fewer students
South Whidbey RECORD
By GAYLE SARAN
Jun 03 2006

It’s not a matter of if, only when.

Faced with declining enrollment, the South Whidbey School District will be forced to downsize as early as the 2007/08 school year. That means some schools will close and send its students to other South Whidbey schools.  In 1999, the district had an all-time high enrollment of 2,300 students. But district officials are predicting enrollment will plummet to 1,600 in several years.

Loss of students means loss of revenue. And to combat the losses, the district hopes to tighten the overall operating budget.  Still, the situation is not as dire as the Seattle school system, which is closing at least nine schools. Even so, the configuration of South Whidbey schools will be reworked.  Exactly how local
schools will be changed to deal with fewer students and fewer dollars will be determined by a committee that will eventually make its recommendations to the school board...story in full from South Whidbey RECORD.





Direct Comparison Weston CT - South Whidbey, Island County - Weston CT municipal fiscal indicators link here