Economic Development Meeting!

On April 18th we met with FCS and representatives from the county to discuss the status of the economic development plan for the Whidbey Airport Access Project (the new road). Present were Mary, Max, and JP. We had a great discussion and a ton of good information was presented.

First, FCS provided the February Meeting Notes for our review.

Second, FCS provided the Task 1 and Task 2 Findings. which includes a wealth of information about the growth of Puget Sound over the next few decades, including detailed statistics about the economics of Whidbey Island – where we work, what we work doing, which industries are under served, housing trends, and other awesome data. It’s worth a look, even if you aren’t interested in the Access Project, just to get a glimpse into the future.

From these statistics, and taking into account the available land and market segments, FCS has determined that from four to six full time jobs could be added annually to Whidbey by completion of the project (assuming existing septic limitations). The lead consultant on the project offered a considered opinion that this would probably qualify for grant approval.

Becky, from Island County Planning, has a follow up meeting scheduled for the community where we will be able to give input on zoning for our area – what’s working, what’s not working, and what we would like to see. She had several exciting ideas for us, including possibly incorporating a mixed use zoning that Freeland has adopted which allows for living / manufacturing / retail and teaching space to be permitted. She is very excited to get our input.

There’s a LOT of information to convey, and we’ll be setting up a meeting for those parties that are interested to discuss, before our next meeting with FCS in June.

Watch this space for a meeting announcement!

#trashtag

Our spring trash clean up and road design walkabout was a great success! A lot of ideas were exchanged, a lot of trash was picked up and disposed of, and a good time was had by all.

Crawford Road community starts early.

Since this work is ongoing – every little bit helps. If you happen to notice litter and can pick it up and dispose of it, that’s awesome! Thank you!!

We continue to research economical collection points as a more permanent solution, but just being out there on the road, and being seen to pick things up as a community matters!

Thanks again, everyone!

New Signage!

Truth in advertising.

In our continuing efforts to calm traffic along the gravel section of Crawford, we’ve included a helpful reminder to manage expectations of people that might be using our road as a shortcut…

Thanks for a great meeting!

Thank you all for attending the annual meeting. We got a lot done, and your input is immensely valuable. We appreciate it!

As requested, we’ve added a contact form to the website. If you have questions, feedback, or just want to reach out and talk, go ahead click on the “Contact Us” to the right.

The form will send us an email, and we’ll get right back to you!

Thanks again!

Whidbey Airpark Access Project Draft Design.

The preliminary engineering work is being completed on the new road for the Airpark Access Project, and they’ve given us a copy of the most recent iteration of their design.

Preliminary Design – Across from Craw – Full PDF

selected area of the design

It’s important to understand that this design is preliminary and conceptual: there will be revisions and changes as the process moves forward. However, now would also be a great time to comment and get your opinion heard!

We’ll be talking more about the WAAP and this design at our upcoming annual meeting on Feb 27th.

Stay tuned!