From what I know, there is no such thing as a 6 month window in Washington state or Skagit County. On the contrary, unless I successfully file a "complete application" for a building permit before the new zoning recommendations take effect, I lose my rights, forever. Filing of a complete application may not be possible before the new zoning goes into effect. What is most discouraging about this timing is that the Forest Advisory Board began their "recommendation" process in July and began contemplating specific proposals to my land at the same time. Their final proposal to the Planning Commission was made in November. My first notice of their final proposal (the effect of which is to prohibit buiding on my land) came from a Planning Commission member, acting as a concerned, similarly situated citizen two weeks ago. Unfortunately, much of the critical time for me to complete the building application process transpired during this period. My first official notice of the action against my property came on this last Saturday. The public comment period on the Forest Advisory Board recommendations expires on April 18 and the Planning Commission could implement new zoning regulations within 30-60 days thereafter. Whether we have enough time to jump through all the permit hoops, complete our Critical Areas Assesments, get septic design, house plans, well, etc. in the remaining time remains to be seen. Even if we are able to get the application filed on time and save one site for our retirement, the process will result in us losing 7 other rights we purchased under the laws existing when we bought the property. Not to mention that we are being forced to take action before our planned time frame to defend against this taking. And for who's benefit?