San Juan County is creating a Sustainable Tourism Management Plan to thoughtfully guide tourism that both supports and enhances the unique quality of life, environment, and cultural heritage of the San Juan Islands. The goal for this project is to deliver a plan of action to tourism that meets the needs of our community, environment, economy, and visitors.
Tourism is a major economic driver in the County that helps support year-round livability for Island residents. It is also a management challenge for our sensitive natural and cultural resources, our limited public and utility infrastructure, and for those seeking consistent employment and affordable housing in the Islands. Each of the ferry-served island communities in the County hold differing interests and preferences regarding tourism but retain commonly held values they wish to protect. Coast Salish Tribes are also interested in protecting their ancestral lands and waters, and the rights they hold here. The Sustainable Tourism Management Plan will lay out the impacts and opportunities that tourism presents in San Juan County and provide a comprehensive roadmap for sustaining our community and resource needs, now and into the future.
San Juan County is hosting a series of online community meetings in Spring 2022 to gather feedback and help guide priorities for the plan's vision, goals and measures. Please visit www.SJCTourism.com to view background materials and sign up for more information. The link and agenda for the public meeting on Thursday, April 28th from 5:30 to 7:30 is available here Version OptionsSustainable TourismHeadline.