By Ken Stern 

Community forum hears La Conner’s growth will continue


FORUM ADDRESSES “HOW DOES OUR TOWN GROW?” – Marna Hanneman, chair of La Conner’s planning commission, was on the March 31 panel answering that question, and others posed by the 30 attendees. Panelists included, from left, Hal Hart, director of planning, Skagit County; Gary Nelson, owner, Nelson Lumber Construction and board member, Skagit Habitat for Humanity; Michael Davolio, town planner; and Scott Thomas, town administrator. Laura Hodgson and Lexine Long, senior planners with the state Department of Commerce, participated remotely. – Photo by Ken Stern

Some 30 town and area residents gathered last Thursday evening, March 31, in the La Conner school district auditorium seeking answers to “How does our town grow? and to ask their own questions at a workshop sponsored by the Town of La Conner’s communication committee.

A five member panel were brought together to provide insight to factors shaping housing growth from local, county and state perspectives. Hal Hart, Skagit County director of planning, began with a question, too: “Where does growth generally go? In Washington, counties follow state legislation, the Growth Management Act,...

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