Page last updated: 12/11/2003
This page contains information about the 2003 Comprehensive Plan annual amendment cycle. For general information about the process for amending the Comprehensive Plan, including how to apply for an amendment, click here.
Pursuant to Section 9 of the Unified Development Code (UDC), Jefferson County is conducting an annual Comprehensive Plan amendment process. Consistent with the State Environmental Policy Act (“SEPA” at RCW 43.21C), the Growth Management Act (“GMA” at RCW 36.70A), the Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan, and UDC Section 9, this amendment process involves concurrent analysis of all proposals to review the potential for cumulative impacts.
In general, Comprehensive Plan amendment proposals in Jefferson County fall into one of two (2) categories:
Formal Site-Specific Amendments are proposals submitted by property owners requesting a change in either Comprehensive plan land use designation or density.
Suggested Amendments are generally limited to proposals that that broadly apply to the goals, policies and implementation strategies of the Comprehensive Plan. In order to ensure cumulative impact review, suggested amendments that could potentially result in re-designation of groups of parcels are analyzed using the same criteria required for formal site-specific amendments (i.e., UDC 9.8.1.b and c).
Following are brief descriptions of each of the seven
(7) proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan. Each case has a Master
Land Use Application (MLA) for reference. There are three (3)
site-specific applications and four (4) suggested amendments.
In its legislative capacity for Jefferson County, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approves, approves with conditions or modifications, or denies each of the proposed amendments on a Comprehensive Plan Amendment Docket. On December 1, 2003 the BOCC took action on the following five proposals:
MLA03-182 (Boat School): approve as described in August 6 staff report.
MLA03-209 (Agricultural Lands): approve as described in September 17 staff report.
On December 8, 2003 the BOCC discussed and approved two ordinances adopting the five Comprehensive Plan amendments:
The effective date of these five Comprehensive Plan amendments is December 8, 2003.
A legal notice of ordinance adoption is scheduled to appear in the December 17 edition of the Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader newspaper. See Documents below. Replacement pages for the Comprehensive Plan will be posted on the Comprehensive Plan page.
Applications for Comprehensive Plan amendments were due May 1. There were eight (8) proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments on the 2003 Preliminary Docket: four (4) site-specific applications and four (4) suggested amendment applications. The BOCC with guidance from the Department of Community Development (DCD) and the Planning Commission decided to keep all the proposals on the Preliminary Docket for the Final Docket. The projected schedule for reviewing the Final Docket is available in a table format under Documents.
The Planning Commission holds public hearings on the 2003 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Docket. The first public hearing was held on August 20 and concerned the site-specific amendment applications. See the legal notice under "Documents" below and the August 6 DCD Staff Report for details. The Planning Commission held a public hearing on October 1 for two of the suggested amendments, MLA03-209 concerning Agricultural Lands and MLA03-210 concerning seawater intrusion policy. See the September 17 legal notice posted below.
The Planning Commission formulated a recommendation for the three site-specific applications on the Docket and a recommendation for two suggested amendments on the Docket. SeeDocuments below.
The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) held a public hearing on Monday, November 17 to take testimony on removing two (2) suggested Comprehensive Plan text amendments from the 2003 Amendment Docket, MLA03-232 (Port of Port Townsend) and MLA03-244 (People for a Rural Quimper). See Docket above for descriptions. The Board took action to postpone consideration of those proposals until 2004.
The BOCC held a public hearing on Monday, November 24 to accept comments on five amendment proposals on the Docket (three site-specific and two suggested amendments). SeeDocuments below for the legal notice. The BOCC took action on those proposals on December 1. See Results above for information.
Background information for two of the four suggested amendments is available on these web pages: