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Port Townsend, WA  98368

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Special Meeting Notice
Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting
September 3, 2014

A Special Meeting of the Jefferson County Park and Recreation Advisory Board has been called for Wednesday, September 3, 2014. The time of this meeting will be 11:00 a.m. - 1:00p.m. This meeting will be held at the Jefferson County Courthouse, First Floor Conference Room.

Please click on the Hyperlink below to see the Agenda for this Special Meeting. Only the matter(s) listed on the Agenda will be transacted at this Special Meeting.

Please be advised that this is your 24 hours’ notice.




A Chance to get Involved and Make a Difference
Jefferson County is seeking three dynamic volunteer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board members. There are positions open in County Commissioner Districts 1 and 2. Projects and roles of the board include strategic planning, advising the County Commissioners; assisting and supporting the organization in its mission of providing 22 parks and facilities, including HJ Carroll, Memorial Field, the PT Rec. Center, and Gibbs Lake; as well as a host of community sports, summer camps, and special events. Interested applicants must submit a letter of interest to Jefferson County Board of Commissioners, 1820 Jefferson St, Port Townsend, WA  98368 or For more information please contact Matt Tyler at 360-385-9129 or


Notice of Road Maintenance Operations  Expect minor traffic slowdowns or delays on various County roadways between July 7, 2014 and September 30, 2014.  For more information, click here.


Political Campaign Signs

Guidelines for installing political campaign signs along public roads can be found here.



Request for Proposal

Fleet Information Software System
The Board of County Commissioners of Jefferson County, State of Washington, will receive sealed proposals up until the hour of 4:00 P.M. on Thursday, August 28th, 2014, at the Office of the County Commissioners, basement level of the Jefferson County Courthouse, 1820 Jefferson Street, Port Townsend, Washington, 98368, from qualified respondents to provide an integrated, comprehensive fleet-information software system. Proposals may be mailed to the office of the Board of County Commissioners, P.O. Box 1220, Port Townsend, WA, 98368, but must be received by the previously stated date and time.
RFP package can be downloaded here.

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Information Regarding Initiative 502

For information about legalized marijuana in Jefferson County check the issue links short cut on the Dept. of Community Development webpage or click here.



Volunteers Needed!
The Jefferson County Department of Public Works is looking for a citizen from District 1 and a citizen from District 3 to join the Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) in 2014.  Click here for more information.



The Peninsula Regional Support Network is seeking Jefferson and Clallam County residents to join citizens from Kitsap, Clallam and Jefferson Counties as members of a regional mental health advisory board.  The board meets monthly in the Port Townsend area.  This is a volunteer position with travel allowance. 


Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. For application and additional information call the Peninsula Regional Support Network at

800-525-5637 or (360) 337-4604; or email



Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Update
FINAL STATE APPROVAL! Washington Department of Ecology has approved the Jefferson County Shoreline Master Program (SMP)! This final action completes the comprehensive update process. The new Program will be in effect starting February 21, 2014. For more information, visit the State Review & Approval page.

The SMP Update was a multi-year, legally-required project to revise the County's existing Shoreline Master Program (JCC 18.25) in compliance with new State requirements. The project has included extensive public outreach since 2006 including six open public hearings throughout the update process. Learn more on the SMP Public Outreach page.

The SMP contains goals, policies, performance standards and development regulations regarding protection, use, development and restoration activities along qualifying lake, river and saltwater shorelines in Jefferson County. All shoreline activities must comply with the SMP, whether a permit is required or not. This update provides the opportunity for new scientific information and community values to shape the future of our treasured shoreline resources. Learn more on the Shoreline Management & Planning page and the SMP Update page.



DCD Projects
Department of Community Development is working on three projects:

  • No Net Loss (NNL) – indicators to measure shoreline protection
  • In-lieu Fee Mitigation (ILF) – another option for applicants
  • Stormwater Retrofit – assessing existing conditions to reduce polluted runoff

For more information go to the DCD Issue Links page.

Watershed Stewardship Resource Center
November 2013:

Community Input – A significant portion of this grant project has included the involvement of a broad range of stakeholders, owner/builders and development professionals, to get their input on how we can improve permit processes, department policies, and code requirements.  Efforts of a several work groups and focus groups have provided feedback that has helped shape changes already in effect at DCD and others planned for the future.  This collaborative process is resulting in an overall shift towards better customer service, with new permit streamlining, code revisions, informational tools, and a new name for our resource center underway and/or coming soon!  Join the email list to get updates and event announcements.


LID Demonstration Sites – Three local sites showcase low impact development (LID) methods for better management of stormwater runoff to minimize erosion, pollution, and flooding.  Proper site planning, rain gardens, permeable pavement, native & drought tolerant landscaping, vegetated roofs, and rainwater collection & reuse are LID techniques gaining popularity.  Installation of the Demo Garden here at Castle Hill in Port Townsend is nearly complete.  Remaining are a fix for an unexpected drainage failure, final planting, site structures, and informational signage.  The Demo Garden in Quilcene is also nearly ready for a public unveiling by project partner WSU Extension.  Project partners Clallam Conservation District and City of Sequim unveiled their Demo Site near Carrie Blake Park in Sequim last summer.  Go see how beautiful and effective LID can be!


Resource Center - Open four days a week for self-guided browsing and research with Coaching Services available for one-on-one help to answer questions (flyer). Stop in to grab a few brochures and handouts and enjoy the educational art posters on display.  Stay awhile longer to browse the Reference Library books, watch some educational slideshows about LID options, dig into the hundreds of websites organized by topics, or learn ‘how to’ use the County website to find detailed information about your parcel and/or permit.  Review the list of local development professionals are trained to design, build and maintain LID facilities and those who’ve prepared special reports about wetlands, trees, geology and more. The goal of LID is to prevent the pollution of our local lakes, streams, rivers and Puget Sound by managing stormwater flow and water quality through the use of on-site natural features. Stormwater runoff? Slow it down, spread it out, and soak it in!

Grant Project - This watershed center grant project provides an optional ‘one stop shop’ for educational information, staff consultation and permit application assistance. The project helps applicants reduce permit review timelines and promotes voluntary adoption of low impact development and other best management practices as a non-regulatory approach to meeting or exceeding environmental protection requirements for stormwater, shorelines, critical areas and more. This effort helps implement the Clean Water Act and the Puget Sound Action Agenda to protect and restore the Puget Sound ecosystem.  The EPA extended the project deadline to March 2014. Learn more on the WSRC page.





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