Economic Development Plan Update!

The road committee interviewed the final two companies that are competing to create a comprehensive economic development plan for the Crawford Road area.

Both were highly qualified and made excellent proposals. The committee was enthusiastic about the possibilities of the study and the information they provided was very useful. Both companies were quite sensitive to the complicated relationship our community has to its “roots” and “rural feel.” They both discussed in length how any development would best be achieved with the involvement of the whole community and presented plans to make the communication open and inclusive.

The committee members voted and the company selected is FCS Group. Their work will begin In January and the target date of completion is June 2019. This work is being funded by WA state’s CERB fund which is in place to provide funds for economic development in rural areas. It is our plan to return to the CERB board after we have our plan to ask for construction funds to build a new road.

Big Dip Work Begins

Our road contractor, Mitch Morely, will begin his work to mitigate the flow of water down the big dip of the gravel road, north of the airport. He will also be adding material to the top of the road and regrading. This work is funded by our neighbor, Betty Carlson, who lives north of the big dip. Thank you Betty!!

Whidbey Airpark Access Project

Due September 27, 2018!
Request for Statements of Qualifications  
Island County is requesting that consultants present their qualifications for performing the economic development study for the Whidbey Airport Access project.  One of the ways that we can help is by nominating one or two people from the community to review qualifications, select and interview candidates, and participate in the final selection.   

Let’s make sure we’re building the future we want!

More information:

Whidbey Airpark Light Industrial Zone Access – This is the Island County Road Project Page.  Updated Frequently.

2015 Whidbey Airpark Access Study – The Alternate Route Study performed in 2015 by OTAK.

2019 – 2024 Six Year Transportation Improvement and Clean Water Utility Plans – June 4, 2018 Draft of the TIP and CWU.   (Note:  Accident data for Crawford is missing.  CERB grant funds omitted. Both issues are being addressed in an e-mail with Helen Price Johnson.)

Island County looks at building air park road – South Whidbey Record article on the grant process.   The CERB grant was successful!