Page last updated: 2/08/2008
This page contains information about the 2007 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.
January 14, 2008 - The BoCC deliberated and made final decisions on the 2007 Comprehensive Plan Amendment cycle applications. To read the Adoption Ordinances, please click here for the Brinnon MPR, and click here for the ordinance containing the other five applications that were approved. (Warning: these Adoption Ordinance files are large; 4 MB and 10 MB respectively.)
The Comprehensive Plan annual amendment cycle is coordinated by the Department of Community Development (DCD). Public participation is directed through review by the citizen volunteer Planning Commission and the elected Board of County Commissioners (BoCC). Visit this page for updated information on the 2007 amendment cycle.
The Docket is the set of proposals to be considered. See the Process section below for information about the review process. See Documents below for links to press releases, legal notices, memoranda, staff reports, and other documents, when available.
Pursuant to Chapter 18.45 of the Unified Development Code (UDC)--Title 18 of the Jefferson County Code (JCC), 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), and the Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan, 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:
The Preliminary Docket (posted in Documents below as a PDF file) is composed of twelve (12) proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan. The nine (9) site-specific applications are automatically included on the Final Docket (see Final Docket next). Following are brief descriptions of the three (3) suggested amendments that are considered in the Preliminary Docket process. Each has a Master Land Use Application (MLA) number for reference.
1. MLA07-66 proposed by the Planning Commission, requesting the following: 1) Identify inconsistencies between the Comprehensive Plan and the Unified Development Code, 2) Propose alternative language to rectify the inconsistencies.
2. MLA07-67 proposed by the Planning Commission, requesting the following: 1) Identify inconsistencies between the County-wide Planning Policies and the Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan and the Unified Development Code. 2) Propose alternative language to rectify the inconsistencies.
3. MLA07-104 proposed by Jefferson County, requesting the following: The designation of an Industrial Land Bank, a provision of the Growth Management Act under RCW 36.70.A.367 to provide additional employment opportunities for citizens.
The Final Docket is established by the BoCC. See the Process section below. The Final Docket automatically includes any site-specific amendment proposals on the Preliminary Docket. The Board established the Final Docket on June 18. The Final Docket includes the nine site-specific amendments listed below and includes one of the three suggested amendments, MLA07-104, from the Preliminary Docket.
Applications for Comprehensive Plan amendments were due March 1. There are twelve (12) proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments on the 2007 Preliminary Docket, three (3) suggested amendments and nine (9) site-specific applications. The Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) with guidance from the Department of Community Development (DCD) and the Planning Commission sets the Final Docket. The nine site-specific applications automatically go on the Final Docket.
The Planning Commission held a public hearing April 18, 2007 concerning the question of whether to include the three suggested amendments on the Final Docket. The Planning Commission recommended that all three suggested amendments be docketed for consideration this year. See Documents below for a legal notice, DCD staff report and related documents.
The BoCC held a public hearing on June 18 on the subject of establishing the Final Docket for the 2007 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Cycle. See Documents below for the legal notice. The Board established the Final Docket by motion. Only one of the three suggested amendments was docketed. The Docket therefore contains one suggested amendment and the nine site-specific amendment applications.
Once the Final Docket is established, the next steps in reviewing the Docket include staff analysis of the proposals and the public review process coordinated through the Planning Commission. See Review Schedule below.
The Planning Commission holds a public hearing (or hearings) concerning proposals on the Comprehensive Plan Amendment Docket. DCD releases a staff report prior to the public hearing. A legal notice in the newspaper of record, The Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader, initiates a public comment period in preparation for the Planning Commission public hearing. See Documents below for notices and reports.
Following the public hearing or hearings, the Planning Commission completes a recommendation to the BoCC on the 2007 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Docket. See Documents below for the formal memoranda. A County staff recommendation accompanies the Planning Commission recommendation for each item.
The BoCC takes action on the 2007 Docket after reviewing the Planning Commission and staff recommendations. The BoCC may also hold a public hearing or hearings before taking action. See Results below for information on the BoCC decisions and Documents below for the adopted ordinances.
Review Schedule for 2007
March 1 - Proposals due.
April 4 - Joint Planning Commission-BoCC workshop to see presentations from proponents of site-specific amendment proposals and to begin discussion on suggested amendments.
April 18 - Planning Commission hearing on Preliminary Docket.
June 18 - Final Docket set by BoCC.
September 5 - The Integrated Staff Report and SEPA Addendum and the Brinnon MPR Draft EIS and Final EIS for the 2007 Comprehensive Plan Amendment cycle became available. Download and view documents below or view copies at the DCD main office and County Library.
September 19 - On this date the Jefferson County Planning Commission held a public hearing on the 2007 Comprehensive Plan Amendment cycle, with the exception of MLA06-87, the proposed Master Planned Resort (MPR) in Brinnon.
October 3 - On this date the Jefferson County Planning Commission held a public hearing on MLA06-87, the proposed MPR in Brinnon.
November 26 - On this date the BoCC held a public hearing on the 2007 Comprehensive Plan Amendment cycle (with the exception of MLA06-87, the proposed Master Planned Resort (MPR) in Brinnon). The public hearing was held in the Superior Courtroom at the Jefferson County Courthouse.
December 3 - On this date the BoCC held a public hearing on MLA06-87, the proposed MPR in Brinnon. The public hearing was held in the Superior Courtroom at the Jefferson County Courthouse.
December 6 - Due to poor traveling conditions caused by a storm event in Jefferson County on December 3rd, the public hearing on MLA06-87 (the proposed MPR in Brinnon) was continued on this date in the Superior Courtroom at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Port Townsend.
December 10 - Originally anticipated as the date the BoCC would hold deliberations and make final decisions on the 2007 Comprehensive Plan Amendment applications, instead the BoCC extended via resolution the timeframe for the legislative decision on the proposed 2007 amendments. The resolution read in part, "...the County Commissioners find that it is in the public interest to extend the decision making time for the annual amendment docket...and hereby extend the decision date for the legislative decision to January 14, 2008." During the time originally scheduled for deliberations, the BoCC held a public meeting during which DCD staff and the Chairman of the Planning Commission reported on the ten (10) applications on the 2007 Comprehensive Plan Amendment docket in preparation for BoCC deliberations and final decisions.
January 14 - Final deliberations and decisions by BoCC on 2007 Comprehensive Plan Amendment cycle.
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 BoCC takes action on each of the Docket items on or before the second regular BoCC meeting in December. Meeting minutes of BoCC meetings can be accessed from the County's Minutes and Meetings page.
A legal notice of ordinance adoption appears in the The Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader newspaper within 10 days after BoCC legislative action. PDF files of adopted ordinances and related documents are posted in the Documents section below. Replacement pages for the Comprehensive Plan are posted on the Comprehensive Plan page.
Once BoCC has taken action, results will be posted here.