August Update from Councilmember Jared Mead

Tuesday, August 31st, 2021

Snohomish County

August Update from Councilmember Jared Mead

2024 Comprehensive Plan Update

The highly-anticipated 2024 Comprehensive Plan Update is underway in Snohomish County. For those who are unaware, the Comprehensive Plan is a guiding document that aides Snohomish County communities on a wide range of topics and services over a 20-year period. It is meant to reflect the vision and priorities of Snohomish County while also meeting requirements set forth by state and federal law. Between now and June 2024, the Comp Plan will go through an extensive update. You can find more information on the 2024 Update website including the five components of the Comp Plan, the 14 GMA planning goals, and the 10 elements of the General Policy Plan.  

If you’re wondering how the 2024 Comp Plan impacts you, I’ve included some additional information for your reference. For starters, the Snohomish County population is estimated to grow by roughly 350,000 people by the year 2044. The Comp Plan plays a critical role in a wide variety of issues that can (and probably do) impact you on a daily basis. Including, but not limited to, if there is a sidewalk between your home and a local shopping center, to protecting natural and open spaces in neighborhoods. Ultimately, the final decisions on policies will be made by the County Council, but we want to hear from you in order to provide a holistic view of the issues you care about. You can provide comments, ideas, and suggestions for the 2024 update to I know a lot of constituents have been reaching out to me regarding the 2024 Comp Plan update, if you're also interested in providing feedback, please feel free to contact my office and thank you for being an active voice in our community! 

2024 Comprehensive Plan Update

McCollum Park Tour – Snohomish County Food & Farming Center

On Tuesday, August 3rd I was able to tour McCollum Park with Tom Teigen, the Director of Snohomish County Conservation and Natural Resources. It was a great opportunity to learn more about the proposed (and currently under construction) food and farming centerSnohomish County plans to re-purpose some of the buildings within McCollum Park to create a food processing and distribution center, a commercial kitchen for local farmers, and hopes for a year-round indoor farmers market. The center will be a site for local producers (large and small) to wash, slice, and freeze an array of produce, making it more viable to reach larger markets and to get their goods into the community more cost-effectively. During the pandemic, we witnessed what a critical role our farmers play in helping communities get healthy, fresh, and local food to tables. I’m looking forward to helping this wonderful project come to fruition over the next year. 

Fresh produce

Evergreen State Fair - "Back in the Saddle Again"

As many have anticipated, Snohomish County is proud to announce that we will be hosting a safe and fun 2021 Evergreen State Fair. Although this year’s activities will look a little different, we are so excited to be able to be “Back in the Saddle Again”. The Evergreen State Fair provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate Snohomish County’s rich agricultural culture, tradition, and strong community. There will be some slight modifications to programming this year while trying to be mindful of the ongoing pandemic and to keep guests safe. Events that will be included in this year’s program include, but are not limited to:  

  • Rides & carnival games 
  • Animals – 4H & FFA displays 
  • Grandstand concerts 
  • Demo-derby, monster trucks, and racing 
  • Fair food (scones, purple cow, elephant ears, etc.) 

The spirit of the 2021 fair is all about the community coming together after surviving unprecedented times. We would love to use this time to celebrate, connect, and share comeback stories. The 11-day event will kicked off on Thursday, August 26th - August 31st and re-opens on September 2nd - 6th, closing for one day tomorrow,  Wednesday, September 1st. Fair staff are working diligently to make this year’s fair a safe and fun event for visitors. I had the opportunity to attend the fair with my family last weekend and we had a great time with our kids, I recommend to head out to the fair if you’re able to! 


Evergreen State Fair

Greenleaf HOA Visit

I want to take a moment to thank the Greenleaf community for inviting me to their HOA meeting on Wednesday, August 25th. We were able to have a great conversation regarding the Cathcart West development and its potential impacts on the surrounding neighborhoods, including the Greenleaf communityThe residents had great questions and insightful feedbackI had a great time and I hope the community feels like their concerns are being addressed. Again, thank you to the community and a huge thank you to their HOA President Kathy for helping facilitate the meeting. 

Greenleaf HOA visit

Councilmember Mead Speaks to the Greenleaf HOA about the development of the Cathcart West Property

Contact Councilmember Jared Mead

Councilmember Jared Mead

Snohomish County Council
3000 Rockefeller Ave., M/S 609
Everett, Washington 98201
8th floor, Robert J. Drewel Building 
Phone: 425-388-3494

Legislative Aide: Angela Ewert

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