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Comprehensive Plan Annual Amendment Cycle: Calendar Year 2003

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.

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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.

        Site-specific applications:

  1. MLA03-182; Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding; parcel 901013016; amend the land use map to designate the entirety of the subject parcel as part of the Port Hadlock Rural Village Center (RVC, a rural commercial district); currently approx. half of the 5-acre parcel is RVC and half is Rural Residential (RR) one dwelling unit per 5 acres (1:5).

  2. MLA03-189; ANE Forests of Puget Sound, Inc.; parcel 901364012; land use map re-designation for approx. 40 acres from RR 1:20 to RR 1:10 district.

  3. MLA03-231; Marilee, Gary and Kelly Phillips and Richard Jr. and Kristan Maki; parcels 702224003, 702224010, 702224011, 702224012, 702224023, 702224024, 702224025, 702224026; establishment of a Mineral Resource Land overlay district for approx. 37 acres in underlying RR 1:5 and RR 1:20 land use districts.

    Suggested amendments:

  4. MLA03-209; Jefferson County; simplify and amend Agricultural Lands designation categories and criteria as part of a process to complete planning tasks outlined in the 1998 Comprehensive Plan; 2004 tasks include reconsideration of Agricultural Lands development regulations and potential designation of Agricultural Lands of Local Importance.

  5. MLA03-210; Jefferson County; add policy language to the Comprehensive Plan related to compliance with a Growth Management Hearings Board order concerning groundwater protection against seawater intrusion.

  6. MLA03-232; Port of Port Townsend; Comprehensive Plan and UDC language addressing Essential Public Facilities designation and airport overlay district for the Jefferson County International Airport.

  7. MLA03-244; People for a Rural Quimper; proposal to remove reference in the Comprehensive Plan to a noise overlay district for the Airport.


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.

  • MLA03-189 (ANE Forests): approve with conditions as described in August 6 staff report.

  • MLA03-231 (Phillips/Maki): approve as described in October 15 Planning Commission recommendation with conditions, as determined by the BOCC.  

  • MLA03-209 (Agricultural Lands): approve as described in September 17 staff report.

  • MLA03-210 (Seawater Intrusion): 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. See Documents 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). See Documents 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:

    For more information, please contact:
    Long-Range Planning
    Department of Community Development
    621 Sheridan Street
    Port Townsend  WA 98368
    Phone: 360-379-4450
    Fax: 360-379-4473



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