Land Bank Exchange 2019
   

Proposed Land Bank Exchange 2019 - #86-099144

Public comment has been extended until 5 p.m. January 15, 2020. Further details are below.
 
Objective
DNR proposes to exchange State trust lands, which are no longer suitable for trust ownership, with properties that have greater revenue potential to support the trust beneficiaries. Following the exchange, the properties no longer held in trust ownership will be positioned for sale, with proceeds used to purchase more productive properties.
 
Benefits
The exchange will:
  • Consolidate State trust lands to improve management efficiency and marketing options for the trust revenue.
  • Enhance the sustainability of working trust landscapes to provide for future generations.
  • Reduce the number of isolated trust parcels that are less efficient for long-term trust management.
  • Facilitate the sales at public auction and of properties no longer suitable for trust ownership.
This exchange involves State trust lands belonging to the Agricultural School, Common School, Normal School, Scientific School and University Original trusts, located in Benton, Jefferson, Klickitat, Okanogan, and Spokane counties; and Land Bank properties located in Benton, Kitsap, Skagit, and Snohomish counties.
 
Details
Public Hearing — November 14, 2019
DNR held a public hearing at 6 p.m., Thursday, November 14, 2019, at the Skagit County Commissioners Office, 1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon, WA 98273. The purpose for the hearing is to provide information and receive public testimony on the proposed Land Bank Exchange.
 
Community Meeting — December 12, 2019
DNR is holding a community meeting from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, December 12, 2019, at the Methow Valley Community Center, 201 State Route 20, Twisp, WA 98856. The purpose for the hearing is to provide information and receive public testimony on the proposed Land Bank Exchange.
 
Written testimony must be received by 5 p.m. on January 15, 2020. Please mail written testimony to: DNR, Land Bank Exchange 2019, Attn: Deborah Whitney, P.O. Box 47014, Olympia, WA 98504-7014, or email exchanges@dnr.wa.gov. For more information about the exchange, contact Exchange Project Manager Deborah Whitney at 360-902-1482 or deborah.whitney@dnr.wa.gov.