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Relocation of Lopez Island Public Works Facility under consideration

San Juan County Public Works Department is in the planning stages of relocating Public Works operations currently located at the Lopez Island Transfer Station (LSWDD) to the county's Norman Road/MacKaye Harbor site. The site has been used for mining and storing gravel, as well as staging construction equipment and materials. The County has owned and operated on the Norman Rd parcel since 1952.

Both the County and LSWDD acknowledge that operational congestion makes it difficult to safely serve the community. A letter from the LSWDD to the County expressed support of relocating Public Works operations so the LSWDD has the option to expand, improve operational efficiencies, increase general safety, and provide additional flexibility to meet the future needs of the community.

Public Works is working with the Department of Community Development to update the Land Use Designation for the parcel from Rural Residential to Rural Industrial – a correction that is long overdue and would be reflected in the Official Maps. This change in Land Use Designation will ensure that the historic and current activities on the parcel are consistent with the County’s Comprehensive Plan, Goals and Policies.

The Council is holding a Public Hearing on November 29, 2022, for all projects related to the Comprehensive Plan and Official Maps. Public Works will continue to develop a schedule and implementation plan to be presented to the County Council at later date.

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