The city has two new tools to make it easier for citizens to research property in town; interactive maps and historic versions of city code.
- Interactive maps can be found here, which include maps that show Zoning, Structure Permits, Shoreline Data, Plats & Short Plats, Encroachments, and other types of data. These maps are a work in progress, so more details will be coming in the future! At the moment, you can navigate through the maps with a hand tool or search by address. As an example, clicking on a structure in the Structures map will bring up an info box, which includes information like the parcel number, the zone, and a link for permit paperwork. The map titled Development Review shows those properties that have had specific inquiries about development previously. Those files are not linked at this time, so feel free to contact the Planning Department if you have questions! There are also maps for public utility lines, like sewer and storm system lines. Those are general, as are most layers in these maps, and may not be located exactly where they appear. In all, these maps are for informational purposes and may not be suitable for legal, engineering, or surveying purposes, but they will hopefully significantly improve public access to this information.
- The Anacortes Municipal Code is located on the Code Publishing website, found here. The website now allows the option of viewing historic versions of code in a couple of ways. One option is to view a comprehensive list of ordinances, by clicking on a tab at the top of the page labeled Track, and then clicking on Legislative History. Another option would be to go to the section of code you're interested in, click on Track, and then click on Historic Versions. This will allow you to compare the current code to that section from another date.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the City of Anacortes Planning Department.