6406 Marine Dr NW
Tulalip, WA 98271
(Driving Directions)

Phone: 360-716-4214
Fax: 360-716-0187

Tulalip Tribes – Snohomish County Collaboration

TTT Logo Snohomish Logo

What is the Tulalip Tribes-Snohomish County MOU?

The Tulalip Tribes and Snohomish County have been meeting regularly for the last several years to address unique land use issues on the Reservation. In 2013, the Tribe and the County signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to reduce land use conflicts on the Reservation resulting from two sets of different land use laws, one by the Tulalip Tribes as a sovereign nation, and one by Washington State and local law.

What is the purpose of the 2013 MOU?

  • Recognition of the Reservation as the permanent homeland of the Tulalip Tribes
  • Reduction of conflict related to land development
  • Improved protection of natural and cultural resources
  • Better coordination of public services between County and Tribe

Ongoing Work

  • MOU Workgroup established: The MOU Workgroup (Tulalip and County and staff) recommends actions to both governments to promote coordinated land use planning
  • Designated Liaison: The Tribe and County each have a designated liaison as a point of contact.
  • Information Sharing: The Tribes and the County share information for
    • emergency services
    • coordination of permitting and enforcement
    • public works projects
  • New Proposal. MOU Workgroup has proposed a new chapter about Tribes in Snohomish County’s Comprehensive Plan.

This chapter will be discussed at a Public Hearing held by the Snohomish County Planning Commission on June 28, 2016 at 5:30 pm in the Snohomish County Administration Building, Public Hearing Room 1
Snohomish County Planning Commission Agenda

Goals of the Proposed Tribal Chapter in Snohomish County Comprehensive Plan

  • Provide accurate information about Tribes and Reservations in Snohomish County;
  • Establish goals and policies to guide coordination and communication between Tribes and the County;
  • Provide goals and policies to guide land use issues specifically related to the Tulalip Reservation.


Proposed Tribal Chapter
2013 Memorandum of Understanding

Where Can I Get More Information?

Tulalip Tribes: Julia Gold or 360-716-4620
Snohomish County: Alison Hodgkin or 425-388-3311 ext. 2975

Where can I comment about this proposal?

Attend public briefing and hearing at Snohomish County:
You may become a party of record for any specific topic that comes before the Planning Commission by submitting a written request or testimony to Sally Evans, Planning Commission Clerk, PDS, M/S 604, 3000 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett, WA 98201 or via email at

March 9, 2016 Joint Open House

The Tulalip Tribes hosted a Joint Open House for all reservation residents to provide information about the 2013 MOU and Tulalip government services. Tribal and County elected officials and more than 150 tribal and non-tribal Reservation residents attended.

Tulaip Tribes and Snohomish County Memorandum of Understanding 2013 Tulaip Tribes and Snohomish County Memorandum of Understanding 2013