Mike Crawford, former co-owner of Concrete Nor'west, which mined gravel on the proposed Avalon site, chats Thursday about the scope and scale of the project north of Burlington.

The proposal to allow urban communities in rural Skagit County — commonly known as the Avalon proposal — has been withdrawn from consideration.

Bob Carmichael, a lawyer representing Skagit Partners, sent an email to county staff Friday afternoon requesting the proposal be withdrawn.

Neither Carmichael nor Skagit Partners owner Bill Sygitowicz were immediately available for comment.

Sygitowicz has been involved for more than a decade in trying to develop a fully contained community called Avalon on about 1,244 acres of property near Avalon Golf Links.

Getting the proposal to be considered by the Skagit County Board of Commissioners was the first step in making that happen.

Fully contained communities allows for urban-density growth in rural areas but lack their own governments.

Specifically, Sygitowicz said Avalon would allocate space for 8,500 people and about 3,500 homes to the area along Interstate 5 north of Burlington.

The Skagit County commissioners were scheduled to decide Monday whether the idea should be considered.

— Reporter Brandon Stone: bstone@skagitpublishing.com, 360-416-2112, Twitter: @Brandon_SVH

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