PO Box 1220
1820 Jefferson St.
Port Townsend, WA 98368
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Boards, Committees & Commissions 2012
Holiday Schedule 2012 and 2013
Notice to Contractors
Jefferson County Commissioners will receive sealed bids for the Run-Off-Road
and Intersection Safety Project until the hour of 9:30 a.m. on Monday,
June 17, 2013 at the Office of the County Commissioners, basement level
of the Jefferson County Courthouse, 1820 Jefferson Street, P.O. Box 1220,
Port Townsend, WA 98368.
contract provides for improvement of various rural and urban collector roads
throughout the County, including traffic signs, guardrails and end
treatments, recessed pavement markers, and transverse rumble strips. For
more information, click here.
See the attached vacancy announcement
for District 2 and 3 representatives for Planning Commission.
Jefferson County Parks
is seeking one volunteer advisory board member in County Commissioner
District 3 (must reside in County Commissioner District 3). Interested
applicants must submit a letter of interest to Jefferson County Board of
Commissioners, 1820 Jefferson St, Port Townsend, WA 98368 or
firstname.lastname@example.org, by June 3, 2013.
Jefferson County MPD Open House Saturday, June 1, 2013
Metropolitan Parks and Recreation District (MPD) Steering Committee is
holding an Open House on Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 9:30am to 12noon, at
the Chimacum High School Library, 91 West Valley Road, Chimacum, WA. The
agenda will be: 9:30am doors open, gather, 9:45am introduction and overview;
10:00am small group discussions around tables on the topics of existing
programs, goals and enhancements, finance and budgets, district boundaries,
and more info needed; report back from small groups, discussion and
questions; public comment will be taken at 11:45am, the meeting will be
adjourned at 12:00noon. For more information please contact Matt Tyler at
360-385-9129, or email
Community Input Meeting
with your Jefferson County Commissioners and Elected Officials.
Special Meeting Notice
A series of Special Meetings
“Community Input Meetings” of the Jefferson County
County Commissioner have
The time of these meeting is
See the date & location for each of these meeting posted below.
Please click on the Hyperlink next to the meeting date & location to see the
Agenda for each special meeting.
on meeting date to view Agendas)
Port Townsend Community Center
Gardiner Community Center
Cape George Area
West Jefferson County
2013 Annual Cycle of Comprehensive Plan Amendments
were received by the deadline, one suggested and two site-specific proposals
to amend the Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan by changing the land use
district map to rezone specific parcels. The public review process begins
with the Planning Commission. Learn more on the
2013 Annual Cycle webpage.
Washington Free Prescription Drug Card
WSAC and Jefferson
County now officially endorse the NACo Prescription Discount Card Program.
www.nacorx.org to obtain your prescription discount card. Present your
discount card at a participating retail pharmacy along with your
prescription(s), and save an average of 24 percent on your prescription
Jefferson County Public Health web page for more information.
Jefferson County Budget
Final 2013 Budget
On Monday, December 17, 2012 the Board of County Commissioners adopted the
2013 Jefferson County Budget.
The Final Jefferson
County Budget is $ 53,545,839 for all funds, including:
- General Fund:
- Other Funds:
Summary and details of
the 2013 Budget can be viewed on-line, including the budget message and the
PowerPoint presentation that was given at the December 3, 2012 budget public
The final 2013 budget
can be viewed and downloaded on-line by
following this link.
Stewardship Resource Center is seeking friendly volunteers that are
interested in learning about and sharing how low impact and sustainable
development can better protect our local natural resources.
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
Retrofit – assessing existing conditions to reduce polluted runoff
For more information go
DCD Issue Links page.
The Jefferson County Department of Public Works is hoping
that three good citizens will join the Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC)
Mooring Buoy Management Plans Adopted
The Board of County Commissioners adopted the Mystery Bay Management Plan
and South Port Townsend Bay Management Plan on October 1, 2012. The
Moratorium on new mooring buoys in South Port Townsend Bay was also released
at the same time.
For more information visit the
Mooring Buoy Compliance webpage.
Transportation Improvement Program
The Board of County Commissioners
adopted the Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for 2013-2018
on August 13, 2012. The TIP is a list of capital transportation projects
that Jefferson County Public Works anticipates undertaking in the
corresponding six-year period. The list includes secured and anticipated
funding sources for each project. For more information,
visit the TIP
Solid Waste Advisory Committee Notebook
Advisory Committee invites you to take a look at the work it does to
improve upon the essential public function of the County’s solid waste
programs. From fee structures to hours of operations to new services and
the preservation of old ones, “SWAC” is there to provide staff with vital
feedback from the community. Please take a look at the work of this
dedicated group of volunteer community members, industry representatives and
elected officials by clicking on “SWAC Notebook” in the column to the left.
Shine Quarry Stormwater Permit Issued
Department of Community Development (DCD) has finished its review and issued
a Stormwater Management Permit for the New Shine Quarry located at 9861
State Route 104 Port Ludlow, WA. More information and a PDF copy of the
notice of decision and permit can be found here :
New Shine Quarry
The Planning Commission has two vacancies, one each for District 2 and
District 3 (flyer)
The regular meetings are now held at the County Courthouse Commissioners
Chambers at 1:30 pm, typically on the first Wednesday each month with a few
schedule changes to accommodate holidays.
The Planning Commission is an advisory group of volunteers that provides a
forum for public review of land use issues and planning proposals. Topics
include Comprehensive Plan goals, policies, and zoning designations along
with the specific development regulations that guide land-use activities
around the County. The group does not review project-specific permit
Planning Commission webpage or from Department of Community Development
at 360/379-4450 or
Watershed Stewardship Resource Center
New “How To” Handouts -
Check the status of your permit application online. Learn to use the online
mapping and parcel data information available for properties in Jefferson
County. Watch a slideshow to better understand Low Impact Development
methods such as rain gardens, permeable pavement, site planning and more.
Demo Garden Designs
– Planning for the LID demonstration garden at the Resource Center continues
with a final design currently being translated into construction documents.
Review the final design
here. The County has also partnered with Clallam Conservation District
and City of Sequim to install LID demonstration features near Carrie Blake
Park in Sequim, and with WSU Extension and local residents to install an LID
Demonstration Garden in Quilcene.
- The Resource Center is open four days a week for self-guided browsing and
research with Coaching Services available for one-on-one help to answer
flyer). Educational art posters are on display and the collection of
reference materials keeps growing with a new collection of reference books
added to our library. With a focus on low impact development (LID), County
staff and local development professionals are trained to design, build and
maintain LID methods: LID site planning minimizes clearing and grading to
keep as much native vegetation and topsoil in place to mimic natural
conditions and increase water infiltration. The goal of LID is to prevent
the pollution of local lakes, streams, rivers and Puget Sound by managing
stormwater flow and water quality through land use development strategies
that emphasize protection and 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 will help applicants reduce
permit review timelines and promote voluntary low impact development and
other best management practices as a non-regulatory approach to meeting
existing 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. Learn more on the
Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Update
Comment Period now open on proposed Finfish Aquaculture provisions; public
hearing to be held April 15, 2013. Learn more
here. The Board is currently considering a conditional use permit
process with geographic limitations and specific criteria to review new
finfish aquaculture proposals. The County has been considering a solution to
the finfish aquaculture disagreement with Ecology since 2011. If agreement
with Ecology is found, the Board would likely take formal action to adopt
the revised SMP by local ordinance, then submit the formal response and the
new SMP to Ecology for final adoption. Other than this last remaining
aquaculture issue, it seems the state will be satisfied with the County’s
other proposed changes to the Locally Approved Shoreline Master Program (LA-SMP).
For more information and access to documents, visit our
State Review & Approval page.
The SMP Update is 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. Learn more on the
SMP Public Outreach page.
The SMP contains goals, policies, development standards and 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.
Management Strategy for State Forestlands In East Jefferson County
draft strategy is presently under review by the County Commissioners. It
was prepared by a citizen committee convened by Commissioner John Austin,
with assistance by county staff. This work was in response to a request by
Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, giving Jefferson County two
years to investigate alternatives to the Washington State Department of
Natural Resources’ (DNR’s) proposed 2008 Asset Management Plan for East
Jefferson County, and DNR’s proposed forestland exchange with Pope
Resources, a private timber company, to implement that Plan.
Click here for the draft strategy.