The city has scheduled for next Thursday another one of its community workshops, this one evaluating future land use alternatives for the city.
The workshop will look at different approaches to accommodate the 5,000+ additional residents that are anticipated for Anacortes over the next 20 years. The alternatives examine a variety of measures for the city’s residential, commercial, and industrial zones and in some cases suggest changes in land uses.
The workshop will also examine preliminary goals associated with housing, economic development, parks and recreation, the natural environment, and capital facilities. The workshop will include an open house session, a presentation, and small group exercises.
Input received so far from the previous community workshops, the Community Advisory Committee, Planning Commission and City Council has been used to develop preliminary land use alternatives that examine a variety of possible measures for the city’s residential, commercial, and industrial zones and in some cases suggest changes in land uses.
The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) has been hard at work looking at several important focus issues:
Where should residential development needed to accommodate an initial 2036 population growth forecast for the Anacortes UGA (5,895 people) be located? How can affordability and diversity of housing choices be improved?
Which industries should be protected, enhanced, and/or attracted to provide jobs (especially living wage jobs) and ensure diverse economic opportunities in Anacortes? What are the actions needed to accomplish this?
Is there a need for more local retail options? If so, what options are available and how can a given option be accomplished consistent with the Community’s vision, goals and values.
How can a lively, thriving downtown core and waterfront be developed? What are the current obstacles and changes that should be made to facilitate desired development? The CAC will be developing recommendations for each of these issues over the next few months.
All regular CAC meetings are open to the public.
The upcoming workshop is slated for Thursday, Feb. 26 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at City Hall.