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The City Council has taken the preliminary step toward lifting a cap on the amount of retail space which is allowed near the Fidalgo Bay waterfront.

The Council last night included a proposal to raise the total 50,000 square feet of retail space allowed in the CM1 zone to 100,000 square feet. The CM1 zone is east of Q & R Aves. east to Fidalgo Bay. That property is owned by MJB Industries and the Port of Anacortes.

Council member Nick Petrish said that the 50,000 square foot cap has been place for years and there have been no proposals to build retail there. He said that maybe a business will come along with a proposal for 60,000 or 70,000 square feet.

“I’m no in favor of bis box stores, but I don’t think people want the limitation” that’s been in effect, he said. The cap is the total amount of land permitted to hold retail businesses.

Council member Bill Turner said “I hear, over and over, that people want more retail.” He added “We’ve restricted retail too much.”

City Planning Director Ian Munce said who gets to use the retail space is up to who builds first.

This is part of the City’s review of development regulations currently moving through the review process. The retail cap and other proposals will be available for state review and will go back to Council after 60 days.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,564 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

287 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
34,545 Fully Vaccinated
49,322 Initial Doses Given


355,387 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,292 Hospitalizations

5,362 Deaths Statewide
1,765,245 Fully Vaccinated
2,677,748 Initial Doses Given

Updated 8 pm, April 15, 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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