Annual Amendment Cycle: Calendar Year 2004
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This page contains information about the
2004 Comprehensive Plan annual amendment cycle. For general
information about the process for amending the Comprehensive Plan,
including how to apply for an amendment,
New Items /
On December 13, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC)
took action on each component of the 2004 Comprehensive Plan
Amendment Docket. See Results
below for details and
for PDF versions of adopted ordinances and related files. The
Docket section describes
the issues and proposals considered and the
provides a chronological narrative.
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
In general, Comprehensive Plan amendment proposals in
Jefferson County fall into one of two (2) categories:
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).
The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) adopted
Resolution 91-03 in 2003, thereby limiting the 2004 Annual Amendment Cycle
to County-suggested amendments only. Following are brief descriptions of each of the
(5) proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan. Each case has a Master
Land Use Application (MLA) for reference.
MLA03-232 proposed by the Port of Port Townsend
suggesting the following: (1) Proposes an Essential Public Facilities (EPF)
district designation rather than an overlay for the Jefferson County
Airport (JCIA); (2) proposes the establishment of an Airport Overlay based
on a 55-DNL noise contour map projected through the year 2022 and adopted
in 2004 with the Airport Master Plan (AMP); (3) proposes Comprehensive
Plan and UDC changes related to the allowed and prohibited land uses
within the Airport EPF and the Airport Overlay; (4) proposes a disclosure
process by which prospective property owners and current owners who apply
for certain land use approvals in the Airport Overlay would be informed
about the close proximity to the JCIA and that the County does not
consider noise impacts related to normal airport operations to be a public
nuisance; and (5) proposes a future planning process in which industrial
uses would be considered in or adjacent to the Airport EPF in order to
promote Airport self-sustainability.
MLA03-244 proposed by a citizen group, People
for a Rural Quimper (PRQ), suggesting the following: Proposed
Comprehensive Plan policy changes related to the elimination of
requirements for Jefferson County to adopt an Airport Overlay or Noise
Overlay ordinance and to support implementation of Airport Master Plan
policies regarding land use at the Jefferson County International Airport.
MLA04-27 proposed by Jefferson County suggesting
the following: Proposal to consider a set of 253 parcels of land for
designation as Agricultural Lands on the map of Comprehensive Plan Land
Use Designations. The full parcel list is included and analyzed in the
available Staff Report. This process is the final step in an Agricultural
Lands planning effort initiated early last year and intended to complete
tasks identified in the 1998 Comprehensive Plan.
MLA04-28 proposed by Jefferson County suggesting
the following: Part A of this proposal consists of Comprehensive Plan and
UDC amendments developed by staff as part of the statutory 2004 growth
management update requirements in the Growth Management Act (GMA), Chapter
36.70A. The principal areas for consideration are population allocation,
capital facilities and transportation planning, and best available science
as applied to the regulatory protection of environmentally critical
areas. Part B involves a Planning Commission five-year assessment of the
Comprehensive Plan and corresponding amendment proposal pursuant to UDC
Section 9.5.4. The Planning Commission proposal is intended to replace or
eliminate outdated, redundant, and regulatory language and includes
amendments to the following Comprehensive Plan chapters: Introduction;
Plan Implementation and Monitoring; Land Use and Rural; Housing; Open
Space, Parks and Recreation, and Historic Preservation; Economic
Development; and Environment. The Planning Commission proposal also
includes one site-specific land use re-designation involving 18 acres
currently zoned Rural Residential 1:10 and occupied by the Wheel-In Motor
Movie drive-in theater. Parcel number 001-282-007 located on Theater Road
adjacent to the intersection of State Routes 19 and 20 is proposed for
inclusion in the General Crossroad rural commercial district.
MLA04-29 proposed by Jefferson County suggesting the following:
Placeholder amendment for proposing the addition of narrative and policy
language under a new Hadlock and Irondale Urban Growth Area (UGA)
element in the Comprehensive Plan. This effort is related to compliance
with a Growth Management Hearings Board order concerning the 2002
designation of the Hadlock and Irondale UGA. Among the topics under
consideration by a Board-appointed UGA Task Force—and later by the
public, the Planning Commission, and the Board—are urban growth levels
of service, capital facilities, and the UGA boundary and internal land
use districts. A follow-up MLA package will be developed for inclusion
of UGA development regulations in the UDC.
Airport planning issues page for more
MLA03-244, both concerning the Jefferson County International
Airport, were originally proposed by the Port of Port Townsend and PRQ,
respectively, for inclusion on the 2003 Docket. In 2003, the BOCC
deferred these two proposals to the 2004 Annual Amendment Cycle.
MLA04-29 concerning UGA planning is on an
accelerated timeline pursuant to a Compliance Order from the Growth
Management Hearings Board. See
below and the
UGA planning page for more information on this process.
amendments were due February 2 (as Feb. 1 was a Sunday this year). There
were five (5) proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments on the 2004
Preliminary Docket, all suggested amendments as opposed to site-specific applications.
The Board of County Commissioners
(BOCC) with guidance from the Department of Community Development (DCD)
Commission decided to keep all the proposals on the
Preliminary Docket for the Final Docket.
The Planning Commission holds public hearings concerning proposals on the Comprehensive Plan
Amendment Docket. A public hearing on the 2004 Docket was held October 6.
Here's the press release. [Hearings
were held in May and June for MLA04-29, proposed amendments related to Urban
Growth Area planning that are on a quicker review timeline.]
DCD hosted a "Short Course on Local Planning"
for Planning Commissioners and the public on August 9.
notice with the details appeared in the local newspapers.
the agenda. One of the topics in the Short Course was the "2004
update," which is an item on the 2004 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Docket.
County staff hosted a roundtable workshop with the public on September 7
concerning the 2004 update requirements under GMA. Here's the
press release and the
For more information on the 2004 update requirements, visit the
2004 Update & Comp Plan Review page.
DCD released its
2004 Docket Integrated Staff Report and SEPA Addendum on September 22,
thereby initiating a formal comment period. Here's the
On November 10, the Planning Commission completed a recommendation
to the BOCC on the 2004
Comprehensive Plan Amendment Docket. See
below for the formal memoranda. A County staff recommendation
accompanies the Planning Commission recommendation for each item.
On November 15, the BOCC adopted
addressing the December 1, 2004 statutory deadline for Jefferson County to
review and, if necessary, revise its Comprehensive Plan and development
regulations to ensure compliance with the Growth Management Act. The
Resolution documents progress to date and lays out a timeline for
The BOCC held a public hearing Monday, December 6 and extended the written comment
period until close of business Wednesday, December 8. The hearing encompassed
all of the items on the 2004 Docket. Legal notice of the hearing
was published on Wednesday, November 24 in The Leader.
The BOCC took action on each of the items on the 2004 Docket on Monday,
December 13. See Results
information on the BOCC decisions and
below for the adopted ordinances.
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. The
action on each of the Docket items on Monday, December 13, the second regular BOCC
meeting in December 2004.
The results for each the Docket items are summarized in
italics below. For more information, view the adopted ordinances in
below and visit the issue-specific pages linked after each file number
heading. The issue-specific pages contain background information and
the documents and maps that represent the
Commission and staff proposals.
MLA03-232 involving goals,
policies, and development regulations for the
Jefferson County International Airport
and surrounding area, as suggested by the Port of Port Townsend.
MLA03-244 involving goals and policies for the
Jefferson County International Airport
and surrounding area, as suggested by People for a Rural Quimper (PRQ).
the potential designation of
Agricultural Lands on the map of Comprehensive Plan land use
MLA04-28 involving the statutory
mandate for Jefferson County to review and update our Comprehensive Plan
and development regulations and the Planning Commission amendment/update
proposal based on its periodic assessment of the Comprehensive Plan.
2004 Update & Comp Plan Review
The BOCC adopted amendments to 10
Comprehensive Plan elements. For Part A, the BOCC adopted the joint
Planning Commission-staff recommendations for revising the Comprehensive
Plan. The BOCC re-adopted UDC Section 3, which contains regulatory
protections for environmentally critical areas. For Part B, the BOCC
adopted amendments to several Comprehensive Plan elements, following most
closely the Planning Commission recommendation. In some instances,
the BOCC accepted
alternative suggestions recommended by staff or developed a third approach.
notice of ordinance adoption will appear in the
Port Townsend & Jefferson
County Leader newspaper on Wednesday, December 22. PDF files
of adopted ordinances and related documents posted in the Documents
below. Replacement pages for the
Comprehensive Plan will be posted on the
Comprehensive Plan page.
Note: MLA04-29, the package
of proposals associated with the Irondale & Port Hadlock Urban Growth Area
considered earlier than and apart from other docketed items in the 2004
amendment cycle because of
reporting deadlines associated with an ongoing growth management compliance
case related to the initial adoption of the UGA
boundary in 2002. The BOCC
approved a set of policy and code amendments related to UGA planning on
August 9, 2004. The adopting ordinance was approved on August 23. For documents and information
associated with MLA04-29, visit the
UGA planning page.
Notice: Adoption of Ordinances 15-1213-04, 16-1213-04 & 17-1213-04
published December 22, 2004
MLA04-27 Designating Certain Parcels as “Agricultural Lands of Local
Importance” on the Map of Comprehensive Plan Land Use Designations
- ORDINANCE NO.
[4 MB] re:
Revisions and Additions to the Comprehensive Plan and Unified
Development Code Concerning the Jefferson County International Airport
- ORDINANCE NO.
MLA04-28 Adopting Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan to Comply with the 7-year Update Mandated by State Law and the
Periodic Assessment Established by this County
Legal Notice: BOCC Public Hearing December 6, 2004
published November 24, 2004
Press Release re: December 6 Public Hearing November
Formal Memoranda to BOCC re: Planning Commission
Recommendations November 19, 2004
MLA03-232: Jefferson County International
MLA03-244: Jefferson County International
MLA04-27: Agricultural Lands Designation
MLA04-28: Comprehensive Plan review/update
September 24, 2004
Legal Notice September 22, 2004
2004 Docket Integrated Staff Report and SEPA Addendum
September 22, 2004
Projected Schedule for Completion of 2004 Comprehensive Plan
Amendment Cycle August 23, 2004
Projected Long-Range Planning Schedule for the 2nd Half of 2004
July 22, 2004
Integrated GMA/SEPA Notice: Planning Commission Public Hearing June 2, 2004
on MLA04-29, Comprehensive Plan amendments associated with the Irondale &
Port Hadlock Urban Growth Area May 19, 2004
Planning Commission Recommendation for
Establishment of the 2004 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Final Docket
March 1, 2004
Background information and documents related to the suggested amendments
available on these web pages:
information, please contact:
Department of Community Development
621 Sheridan Street
Port Townsend WA 98368