The City Council gave the go ahead for an 18-unit condominium project in a Commercial Marine zone on Fidalgo Bay at their Monday night meeting.
The Council had originally approved the project as phase 2 of a condo development several years ago, but the second phase was delayed and the approval expired.
The Council imposed several conditions on the Cove at Fidalgo Bay, just north of the Fidalgo Bay RV Resort between the bay and Fidalgo Bay Road.
The conditional use permit the Council approved requires the developer to complete major beach stabilization work before actual construction begins. Work that City Planning Director Ian Munce called “is critical and needs to be done.”
He also told the Council that during the first phase of the project, the shoreline portion “was not well managed” and ended with the shoreline destabilized.
It seems that a contractor removed all the plants along the shoreline in violation of city ordinances.
The developer will also have to build a sewer pump station and provide beach access from the Tommy Thompson Trail, which runs between the condo project and the shoreline.
This will add 18 units to the current 12 units now at The Cove.
While the development is in a Commercial Marine zone, there seemed to be agreement at the Council that it wouldn’t be practical for any kind of commercial use.