Page last updated: 12/27/02
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This site contains information relevant to review of the proposed Brinnon Subarea Plan under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). Acting as "Lead Agency" for environmental review of this non-project action (i.e., a plan as opposed to a specific development proposal), the Department of Community Development (DCD) issued a notice of threshold determination on December 12, 2001.
The original threshold determination was a Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) and Adoption of Existing Environmental Documents, meaning that adoption and implementation of the proposed Brinnon Subarea Plan is not likely to have a significant, adverse impact on the environment, in consideration of the development regulations and environmental protections currently in effect through the Unified Development Code and that a previous environmental study analyzed some or all of the potential impacts of the proposed Subarea Plan. The threshold determination was made by the SEPA Responsible Official, Director of Community Development Al Scalf, after review of the staff memorandum, the Environmental Checklist, and other pertinent information. The adopted documents, the Draft and Final Environmental Impact Statements completed as part of the environmental review of the Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan, are available for review or copying at cost at DCD.
The original threshold determination was appealed. Based on the decision of the Hearing Examiner who heard that appeal, more environmental analysis was necessary. The BOCC directed DCD to modify the Planning Commission- recommended proposal and include a BOCC-sponsored preferred alternative in the 2002 Comprehensive Plan annual amendment cycle. In an integrated Growth Management Act / State Environmental Policy Act legal notice that appeared in the August 1, 2002 edition of the Peninsula Daily News, DCD formally withdrew the previously issued threshold determination and issued a new threshold Determination of Significance for the May 1, 2002 proposed Brinnon Subarea Plan package in combination with the other proposals comprising the 2002 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Docket. DCD prepared a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the entire 2002 Docket, including the Brinnon Subarea Plan package (see SEIS section below).
DCD prepared Draft and Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statements (DSEIS and FSEIS) for the entire 2002 Docket as part of the environmental review process. Visit the 2002 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Docket web page for a link to the August 21 integrated Staff Report and DSEIS, the November 25 FSEIS, and other documents and information related to the cycle.
The SEIS was designed to supplement existing environmental documents, including the Draft EIS and Final EIS prepared in conjunction with adoption of the Comprehensive Plan in 1998. A public comment period followed issuance of the Draft SEIS. The Final SEIS included staff responses to environmental issues raised during the public comment period and formed the basis for evaluation of anticipated environmental impacts associated with adoption of any of the proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments on this year's Docket, including the Brinnon Subarea Plan and associated Comprehensive Plan and UDC amendments.
The following sections provide information relevant to environmental review of the Brinnon Subarea Plan prior to the development of a May 1, 2002 BOCC-sponsored alternative and subsequent environmental review during the 2002 Comprehensive Plan amendment cycle.
DCD issued an addendum to the original SEPA threshold determination for the proposed Brinnon Subarea Plan on January 30, 2002. The addendum includes additional information related to consideration of the potential environmental impacts of adopting and implementing the proposed Brinnon Subarea Plan, including a set of maps displaying information related to environmentally sensitive areas at Black Point, the Brinnon Flats, and WaWa Point.
Documents/maps incorporated by reference in the SEPA addendum:
1. Minutes from the January 22, 2002 public meeting in Brinnon on the environmental review of the proposed Brinnon Subarea Plan.
2. Nine composite maps of environmentally sensitive areas in Planning Area #11:
3. Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Glen Cove/Tri-Area "Special Study" (available at DCD for inspection or copying at cost; approximately 240 pages).
4. Compilation index of previous development proposals that underwent SEPA project action review in Planning Area #11.
5. SEPA threshold determination (Determination of Significance and Adoption of Existing Environmental Document) published November 14, 2001 for year 2001 Comprehensive Plan amendments, including mechanism for approving master planned resorts.
6. Commitment to update data sharing agreement with the Washington State Office of Community Development for use of archeological and cultural site data information in the review of development proposals in Jefferson County. The State information will be supplemented with information provided be member Tribes of the Point-No-Point Treaty Council.
The Better Brinnon Coalition filed a timely appeal of the original SEPA threshold determination for an earlier version of the proposed Brinnon Subarea Plan. An open record public hearing before the Jefferson County Hearing Examiner was held on February 19, 2002, at the Jefferson County Courthouse. Click here for the legal notice that appeared in the February 6, 2002 edition of the Leader newspaper.
The Hearing Examiner issued a decision that effectively required more environmental analysis for the proposed Brinnon Subarea Plan and associated amendments or a modification to the subject proposals:
Black Point Properties, LLC filed an appeal to the Hearing Examiner decision. The appeal would be heard in a closed record public hearing by an Appellate Hearing Examiner contracted by Jefferson County. Subsequent to the issuance of the Hearing Examiner appeal decision, the BOCC directed DCD to modify the Planning Commission-recommended proposal (dated January 16, 2002) and include a BOCC-sponsored preferred alternative in the 2002 Comprehensive Plan annual amendment cycle, triggering additional DCD environmental review. Due to the BOCC decision to modify the proposal and corresponding DCD withdrawal and re-issuance of a threshold determination under SEPA, the appeal has not continued.
Also, for more information on SEPA review in general, consult the Washington State Department of Ecology SEPA website.