Notice of Public Comment Period

Notice is hereby given that the Skagit Council of Governments (SCOG) has made the proposed regional project evaluation process for human services transportation projects available for public comment.  Through the proposed process, projects would be assigned regional priority for the statewide 2017–2019 Washington State Department of Transportation Consolidated Grants Program.  Regional criteria and weights to evaluate projects are included in the proposed evaluation process.

The public comment period closes on October 6, 2016.  Action on approval of an evaluation process is anticipated at the October 19, 2016 SCOG Transportation Policy Board meeting.  All written comments received on or before October 6 will be distributed to the Transportation Policy Board one week before the meeting.

Paper copies of the proposed evaluation process are available at SCOG offices located at 204 West Montgomery Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 during normal business hours. Please contact Mark Hamilton at (360) 416-7876 or markh@scog.net with any questions about the proposed evaluation process.  Written comments must be emailed to markh@scog.net or mailed to the address above.

Notice of Request for Proposals

The Skagit Council of Governments (SCOG) announces a request for proposals (RFP) for professional services relating to preparation of a housing inventory and transportation analysis for Skagit County. The scope of services includes three tasks: (1) assisting SCOG with housing coordination among many stakeholders with varied interests and roles; (2) conducting a comprehensive housing inventory and analysis to ascertain existing conditions for all housing types, housing markets, housing demand, and other factors related to housing; and (3) developing a housing action plan with strategies focusing on implementing Task 1 and 2. Task 3 may include additional action strategies aimed specifically at low- to moderate-income housing pending funding availability. The complete scope of services is included within the RFP.

For more information, please contact Kevin Murphy at (360) 416-7871 or kevinm@scog.net. Proposals must be submitted to SCOG no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 20, 2016. Late proposals will not be considered.

Minority- and women-owned firms are encouraged to submit proposals. SCOG is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. This project may be partially funded through the State of Washington Community Development Block Grant program with federal funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Request for Proposals

Notice of Public Comment Period and Determination of Nonsignificance for Skagit 2040 Regional Transportation Plan

Notice is hereby given that on January 20, 2016 the Skagit Council of Governments (SCOG) released the Skagit 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (Plan) for public comment. SCOG, as the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) lead agency for this nonproject action, has determined it will not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment and has therefore issued a Determination of Nonsignificance (DNS) for the Plan pursuant to Chapter 197-11 of the Washington Administrative Code. The DNS was made after a review of the SEPA Environmental Checklist for the Plan along with other information on file with SCOG.

Comments on the Plan or the DNS may be mailed to Skagit Council of Governments, c/o Mark Hamilton, 204 West Montgomery Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 or emailed to markh@scog.net. Comments on the Plan or the DNS must be submitted in writing and received by SCOG no later than February 8, 2016. All timely comments on the Plan or the DNS will be considered.

Electronic copies of the Plan, SEPA Environmental Checklist and DNS, and other Plan-related materials are available here:

Draft Skagit 2040 Regional Transportation Plan

Appendices for Draft Skagit 2040 Regional Transportation Plan

SEPA Environmental Checklist

SEPA Determination of Nonsignificance

Papers copies of these documents are available at no charge from the address above, during normal business hours.

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2015 Regional Forum

On Thursday, September 17th, the Skagit Council of Governments will hold the 2015 Regional Forum to discuss regional transportation and economic development planning with the public.  The event will be held at Skagit Station, 105 E. Kincaid St., Mount Vernon, WA 98273.  It begins at 6:00, but come anytime between 5:00 and 6:00 if you’d like to talk to SCOG staff about current projects that SCOG is working on.

2015 Regional Forum Flyer

Hope to see you there!

SCOG at Burlington Summer Nights to Hear from the Public

SCOG staff will be at Burlington Summer Nights this Friday, August 28th to get input from the public about the transportation network in Skagit County.  The event will be held behind the Burlington Chamber of Commerce building located at 520 East Fairhaven Avenue, Burlington, WA 98233.  A prioritization exercise will be available for participants to vote for how they would like to see funds spent on roadways, transit, bicycles and pedestrians.  There will also be a couple of maps showing existing and expected traffic congestion in the area.  The event goes from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Join us!

New Public Participation Plan

The newly adopted Public Participation Plan has been posted to SCOG’s website.  The new plan supersedes the older Public Participation Plan that SCOG had been using for the last 10+ years.  Included in the plan are the procedures SCOG uses to engage the public, tools to utilize for public participation and measures to evaluate how SCOG is doing in its public participation activities.

The plan was the result of an extensive planning process that began in 2014.  Many people were involved in its development, including members of the public, private non-profit organizations and the member jurisdictions of SCOG.

Please contact Mark Hamilton at (360) 416-7876 or markh@scog.net if you would like more information about the plan.