City of Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, Washington, Whidbey Island's Premier Waterfront Community

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865 SE Barrington Drive
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Phone: 360-279-4500
Fax: 360-279-4507

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Protecting Oak Harbors Scenic Views



The City of Oak Harbor has incredible views of the Puget Sound, North Cascades, Mt. Rainier, Mt.Baker and the Olympics.  It also holds views to wildlife and natural areas such as the Fruend Marsh and Maylor Point. Everyone that lives and travel through Oak Harbor realizes that the views are a key asset to the City.  That is why the Planning Commission and the City Council of Oak Harbor have included this in the 2012 Comprehensive Plan Amendment cycle.  A study on these views will help identify and select important views to the community and determine methodologies by which some of them could be protected. 


The task of protecting the views here in Oak Harbor begins by first identifying them.  This is where the residents of Oak Harbor can play a key role.  We need pictures of views of the mountains, the water and other natural areas that are important to you.  These pictures can be taken from your neighborhood, office, street and favorite haunt with any camera - point and shoot, phone cameras and DSLRs.  The pictures can be sent to

Please add the location (address, street intersection, landmark etc) to the email as well.


Pictures received will be posted to a public gallery.  The gallery can be accessed here. 


The Planning Commission will review the pictures received and determine which views need further analysis.  The Planning Commission will also discuss various methodologies to determine how best to protect them.  The dates for these reviews are yet to be determined.  If you would like to be notified of these meeting please send an email to with “Notification” in the subject line.  All Planning Commission meeting are open to the public and you are welcome to attend.


Ultimately the City Council will decide on the view to be protected.  The Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the City Council on this issue.


The study has been continued to 2014 and will be commenced when resources are available.

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