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The City Planning Commission Wednesday night sent to the City Council new zoning controls in Old Town. The so-called Old Town Overlay District zoning proposal the Commission adopted was very close to what a group of 42 citizens proposed as an alternative to the city Planning Department’s proposal.

In addressing the Planning Commission, Hal Rooks, who was part of the group of 42, said “the Old Town area is a seamless whole” and urged expansion to include a few blocks north of 12th St. that were not included in the original proposal.

The Planning Commission went along with that recommendation.

The new restrictions, if approved by the Council, include:

  • No new construction of triplexes and four-plexes, but existing ones could be replaced if they are destroyed
  • New construction can take up no more than 35 percent of a lot for any single structure, multiple structures would be allowed up to 50 percent.
  • A height limit of 25 feet, but under certain circumstances could be increased to 35 feet.

The proposed ordinance would set design standards restricting long side walls on buildings, permitting new homes without porches, and define a role for the city’s Historic Preservation Board for buildings on the Anacortes Registry of Historic Places.

Planning Commission Chair Laurie Gere said “I’m very impressed with the 42 residents’ proposal.”

Planning Commissioner Clay Leming said “I have a few problems with this” and when the vote was called for, Leming hesitated and said “I’m only voting for this to get it to the City Council.”

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,586 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

288 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
35,476 Fully Vaccinated
50,348 Initial Doses Given


357,122 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,368 Hospitalizations

5,380 Deaths Statewide
1,830,811 Fully Vaccinated
2,748,811 Initial Doses Given

Updated 8 pm, April 16, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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