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Posted on: November 30, 2022

Newly Adopted Comprehensive Plan Will Serve as the County’s Road Map for Next 20 Years

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County Council officially adopted the Plan on November 30 – marking the culmination of six years of work

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. November 30, 2022 – San Juan County Council adopted the 2036 Comprehensive Plan Update today after six years of meetings, public hearings, and input. The several-hundred-page document will serve as the road map for future de...

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Comprehensive Plan Update News

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Posted on: February 1, 2024

Fire Marshal: Structure Fire on Lopez Island Ruled Accidental

Fire Marshal News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA.  February 1, 2024 – On Sunday January 14, 2024, Lopez Island Fire and EMS responded to a structure fire in the 500 block of Whiskey Hill Rd. The Fire Department arrived to a working structure fire ...

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Department of Community Development News
Posted on: January 10, 2024

New State Building Codes Delayed Until March 2024

Community Development

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. January 10, 2024 – San Juan County’s Department of Community Development is alerting the public of a revised timeline for the implementation of new state building codes. The Washington State Building Code Council (...

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Department of Community Development News
Posted on: January 5, 2024

San Juan County Publishes 2023 Year-In-Review

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. January 5, 2024 – San Juan County is proud to present the organization’s 2023 Year-In-Review, highlighting accomplishments, notable projects, and the breadth of programs and services provided to island communities....

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Department of Community Development News
Posted on: January 4, 2024

San Juan County Seeks Consultant for Comprehensive Plan Update

Community Development

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. January 4, 2024 – San Juan County’s Department of Community Development (DCD) seeks a qualified consultant to review and update the County’s Comprehensive Plan in accordance with the Washington S...

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Department of Community Development News
Posted on: December 14, 2023

2024 Annual Docket: Public Invited to Submit Requests for Amendments to the SJC Comp. Plan & Codes

Community Development

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. December 14, 2023 – San Juan County Council is beginning the “Annual Docket of Comprehensive Plan Amendments” or “Docket” process where the public is invited to propose changes, update...

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Department of Community Development News
Posted on: August 28, 2023

DCD News: New Building Official, New State Building Codes & Website Updates

Community Development

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 28, 2023 – San Juan County’s Department of Community Development (DCD) is pleased to share a series of department updates as staff continue to address issues identified at recent community meetings. DCD is c...

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Department of Community Development News
Posted on: August 11, 2023

Permits Required for Building, Grading, and Other Construction Activities in San Juan County

Community Development

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 11, 2023 – The San Juan County Department of Community Development (DCD) reminds the public that permits are essential to ensuring safe building practices and the long-term safety of buildings and property. O...

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Department of Community Development News
Posted on: August 3, 2023

County to Remove A-Frame Signs in Unpermitted Areas of Eastsound

Community Development

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 3, 2023 – San Juan County reminds businesses and event organizers of important ordinances regarding signage – particularly signs placed alongside the road in the County right-of-way. During the week of Monda...

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Department of Community Development News
Posted on: June 29, 2023

Department of Community Development Publishes Community Meeting Recaps and Resulting Next Steps

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. June 29, 2023 – San Juan County’s Department of Community Development shares next steps as the result of organizational change and feedback from a series of community meetings. 

County officials including c...

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Department of Community Development News
Posted on: June 20, 2023

County to Share Community Development Updates at Lopez Island Meeting

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 SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. June 20, 2023 – The public is invited to join County officials on June 28 at the Lopez Community Center for a discussion about the Department of Community Development. The meeting will be held from 4:30pm-5:30pm and...

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Department of Community Development News
Posted on: June 14, 2023

New State Building Codes Delayed Until October

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. June 14, 2023 – San Juan County’s Department of Community Development is alerting the public of a revised timeline for the implementation of new state building codes. The Washington State Building Code Council (SBC...

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Department of Community Development News
Posted on: June 8, 2023

San Juan County Names Interim Director of Department of Community Development

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. June 8, 2023 – San Juan County has named Norm Gollub as Interim Director of the Department of Community Development (DCD).  Gollub has extensive experience throughout Washington State in the areas of land use and co...

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Department of Community Development News
Posted on: June 7, 2023

County to Share Community Development Updates at Orcas Island Meeting

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. June 7, 2023 – The public is invited to join County staff, including County Manager Mike Thomas and Council Chair Cindy Wolf, at a Community Development-focused meeting on June 13 at the Orcas Center. The meeting wi...

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Department of Community Development News
Posted on: May 25, 2023

San Juan County Shares Draft Report of Shoreline Cumulative Effects Evaluation

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. May 25, 2023 – San Juan County is conducting a Cumulative Effects Evaluation of its shorelines for the Department of Ecology. A virtual public meeting to review the draft report is scheduled for Wednesday, June 7, 2...

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Department of Community Development News
Posted on: May 2, 2023

San Juan County Seeks Consultant for Updating the Critical Areas Ordinance

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. May 2, 2023 – San Juan County’s Department of Community Development (DCD) seeks a qualified consultant to review and update Best Available Science (BAS) and write an update of the Critical Areas Ordinances...

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Department of Community Development News
Posted on: March 7, 2023

Planning Commission Volunteers Needed for San Juan and Lopez Islands

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. March 7, 2023 – San Juan County is looking for interested volunteers to fill two vacancies on the Planning Commission. Position #5 representing San Juan Island will serve until December of 2024. Position #3 representing Lope...

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Department of Community Development News
Posted on: December 29, 2022

2023 Annual Docket: Public Invited to Submit Requests for Amendments to the SJC Comp. Plan & Codes

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. December 30, 2022 – San Juan County Council is beginning the “Annual Docket of Comprehensive Plan Amendments” or “Docket” process where the public is invited to propose changes, update...

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Department of Community Development News
Posted on: November 30, 2022

Newly Adopted Comprehensive Plan Will Serve as the County’s Road Map for Next 20 Years

Aerial shot of the islands with overlaying text reading "comprehensive plan update"

County Council officially adopted the Plan on November 30 – marking the culmination of six years of work

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. November 30, 2022 – San Juan County Council adopted the 2036 Comprehensive Plan Update today after six years of meetings, public hearings, and input. The several-hundred-page document will serve as the road map for future de...

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Department of Community Development News

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Posted on: February 1, 2024

Fire Marshal: Structure Fire on Lopez Island Ruled Accidental

Fire Marshal News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA.  February 1, 2024 – On Sunday January 14, 2024, Lopez Island Fire and EMS responded to a structure fire in the 500 block of Whiskey Hill Rd. The Fire Department arrived to a working structure fire ...

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Fire Marshal News
Posted on: January 5, 2024

San Juan County Publishes 2023 Year-In-Review

San Juan County News (1)

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. January 5, 2024 – San Juan County is proud to present the organization’s 2023 Year-In-Review, highlighting accomplishments, notable projects, and the breadth of programs and services provided to island communities....

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Fire Marshal News
Posted on: October 2, 2023

Fire Danger Downgraded to Low

Fire Marshal News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. October 2, 2023 - Effective today, Monday, October 2, 2023, the San Juan County fire danger level has been downgraded to the LOW level. This change in fire danger level lifts the burning restrictions as outlined in the burn p...

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Fire Marshal News
Posted on: September 1, 2023

Recreational Campfires Allowed in San Juan County

Fire Marshal News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. September 1st, 2023 –The San Juan County Fire Marshal in conjunction with the San Juan County Fire Chiefs are allowing recreational campfires as of 12pm noon, September 1, 2023. 

Recreational and cooking fires, limited to 3 fe...

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Fire Marshal News
Posted on: August 23, 2023

An open letter to the San Juan County community about wildfire risk and preparedness in the islands

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Fellow islanders,

Following the catastrophic Maui fires earlier this month, there has been an understandably heightened level of concern about fire risk in the San Juan Islands. This includes what steps we can take to protect ourselves and what plans and s...

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Fire Marshal News
Posted on: August 14, 2023

Burn Ban on Recreational Fires in San Juan County

Fire Marshal News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 14, 2023 –The San Juan County Fire Marshal has declared a ban on all recreational fires effective 12pm Noon on August 14, 2023. Due to current atmospheric and field conditions, this ban on all recreational fires appli...

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Fire Marshal News
Posted on: August 9, 2023

Modified Burn Ban in San Juan County

Fire Marshal News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 9, 2023 –The San Juan County Fire Marshal, in conjunction with the San Juan County Fire Chiefs, have modified the BURN BAN posted from July 21st, 2023. (View previous burn ban notice by clicking here.)

Recreational and...

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Fire Marshal News
Posted on: July 20, 2023

County Announces Ban on Recreational Fires in Unincorporated Areas of San Juan County

Fire Marshal News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. July 20, 2023 –The San Juan County Fire Marshal has declared a ban on all recreational fires after consultation with the San Juan County Fire Chiefs. Due to current atmospheric and field conditions, this ban applies througho...

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Fire Marshal News
Posted on: June 6, 2023

San Juan County's Fire Danger Level Increases to MODERATE

Fire Marshal News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. June 6, 2023 – Effective Monday June 5, 2023, San Juan County, WA fire danger level increases to MODERATE as fuels continue to dry out. 

Moderate fire danger means that all fine dead fuels like dried grasses ignite re...

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Fire Marshal News

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