Planning for South Whidbey State Park, Possession Point and Useless Bay State Park Property
In 2017 a Classification and Management Plan (CAMP) was completed for South Whidbey State Park, Possession Point State Park Property and Useless Bay State Park Property. All three parks are located on Whidbey Island which is located between the Olympic Peninsula and the mainland of Snohomish and Skagit counties. The island, which is accessed by a bridge at Deception Pass and via the state ferry system, is home to several state parks, including Deception Pass State Park, Joseph Whidbey State Park, Fort Ebey State Park, and Fort Casey State Park.
Information related to the CAMP planning process can be found below. You can visit the South Whidbey State Park web page here.
The purpose of this stage is to understand what is important to the park community, what to change or save in the state park. This helps get a sense of the range and type of issues that need to be considered through the planning process.
Stage Two – Exploring alternative approaches
At this stage, the planning team suggests potential alternative approaches to address the various issues and concerns raised by people in stage one. No preferred alternative is established; rather this is an opportunity to understand the range of possibilities.
Stage Three – Preparing preliminary recommendations
The best ideas from the alternative approaches developed in stage two are combined into a preliminary plan in this stage. The plan includes recommendations for use and development of land, changes to property boundaries and ways to address issues raised during the planning process. Another important document completed at this stage is the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) checklist that describes environmental impacts of the recommendations.
Stage Four – Preparing final recommendations
At stage four, final adjustments are made to recommendations and submitted to the seven-member Parks and Recreation Commission for approval. The public is encouraged to attend the Commission meeting and provide testimony or to provide written comment.