Under the Washington state Growth Management Act (GMA), Skagit County, and the cities and towns within the county, have established a collaborative process for adoption of countywide planning policies (CPPs), modifications to urban growth areas, and allocating growth in population and employment across the county. CPPs provide a countywide framework by which county, city, and town comprehensive plans are developed and adopted.
The 2002 Framework Agreement (Framework Agreement) was executed in 2002 by Skagit County, the cities of Anacortes, Burlington, Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley, and the Town of La Conner. The Town of Hamilton signed on to the agreement in 2014. The towns of Concrete and Lyman could also sign on to the agreement in the future. The Framework Agreement includes provisions and procedures to address the collaborative requirement for planning at the regional level through GMA.
The Framework Agreement replaces an earlier agreement, from 1992, that had been used to originally establish countywide planning policies in Skagit County after GMA was signed into law. The 1992 agreement led to the first set of CPPs that year, with a subsequent amendment in 1996.
The Skagit Council of Governments (SCOG) is not a party to the Framework Agreement. SCOG does, however, provide administrative support to the planning organization identified as the “GMA Committee” in the Framework Agreement, which includes a Steering Committee composed of elected officials, with support from a Technical Advisory Committee composed of planning directors and assistant planning directors. The Steering Committee develops recommendations for CPPs, urban growth areas, and allocations of population and employment to be used in comprehensive planning processes by jurisdictions planning under GMA.