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This page contains information about past proposals received from Fred Hill Materials Inc., including the Mineral Resource Land overlay district and the Wahl Area mineral extraction permit in the Shine - Thorndyke area.

Page last updated: 9/14/07

Mineral Extraction

Jefferson County has received a new proposal from Fred Hill Materials (FHM) for a 10-acre mining area adjacent to the Shine Hub area.  The application file number is MLA05-00630.

See the Mineral Extraction: Shine Hub, Wahl and Meridian Areas section for more information on mineral extraction in the area.

Background

Fred Hill Materials, Inc. (FHM) has been approved for a Mineral Resource Land overlay district and mineral extraction permit in recent years. 

  1. Comprehensive Plan amendment proposal submitted in 2002 to establish a Mineral Resource Lands (MRL) overlay district designating mineral resource lands per the Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan and the State Growth Management Act (GMA).
  2. Permit application in 2003 for mineral extraction in the Wahl extraction area of the newly designated MRL, to be processed by DCD under the Unified Development Code (UDC).  Permit application for 10-acre expansion of the existing Shine Hub pit in 2004, to be processed under the UDC.

Mineral Resource Lands Overlay District

Documents are posted at the end of this section.

In 2002, Fred Hill Materials (FHM) submitted a Comprehensive Plan amendment proposal (MLA02-235) to Jefferson County to establish a Mineral Resource Lands (MRL) overlay district in the Shine-Thorndyke area.  An MRL overlay district is intended to designate and protect mineral resource lands per the Growth Management Act (GMA) and the Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan.  The establishment of an MRL overlay is a non-project (i.e., legislative) action under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).  At the conclusion of the 2002 Comprehensive Plan amendment cycle, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) established a 690-acre MRL overlay district.  Visit the 2002 Comprehensive Plan amendment cycle page for background information and documents associated with this decision.

The decision was appealed to the Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board (
WWGMHB).  The compliance process under WWGMHB Case No. 03-2-0006 is on-going.  In a Final Decision and Order (FDO) issued on August 15, 2003, the WWGMHB directed the County to conduct additional environmental review under SEPA.  The WWGMHB granted the County an extension of time, moving the compliance due date from February 19, 2004 to May 28, 2004.  The Compliance Hearing before the WWGMHB has been changed from April 14, 2004 to August 3, 2004.  Documents related to the compliance process are posted below in this section.

On October 29 and November 11, 2003, the Jefferson County DCD published a Request For Proposals (RFP) in the Daily Journal of Commerce and the Leader newspapers for consultant services to assist in the environmental review of a Comprehensive Plan Amendment to place an MRL overlay district on 690 acres (case no. MLA02-235).  Four Proposals were received by the November 21, 2003 deadline. On December 11, 2003, DCD selected the Wheeler Consulting Group/Intergroup Development Corporation Proposal, whose proposal included the preparation of a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) and Final SEIS (FSEIS). The Professional Service Agreement between Jefferson County and Wheeler Consulting Group/Intergroup Development Corporation was completed on January 13, 2004.

The DSEIS was issued by DCD on March 3, 2004.  The public comment period on the DSEIS ended on April 2, 2004.  The FSEIS, which includes responses to comments on the DSEIS, was issued by DCD on May 12, 2004.

Subsequent to the release of the DSEIS, the BOCC was expected to review the additional environmental information and reconsider the December 2002 decision to establish an MRL overlay district in the Shine-Thorndyke area.  The BOCC had the option to reaffirm the original decision, modify the decision, or deny the request by FHM to establish an MRL overlay district in that area.  A public hearing on case no. MLA02-235 was scheduled before the BOCC on Tuesday, May 25, in the Superior Courtroom at the Courthouse, but the accommodations proved too small for the number of persons who desired to participate.  The public hearing on MLA02-235, Wahl-Meridian Mineral Resource Lands (MRL) overlay district, originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 25, was re-scheduled for Wednesday, June 9, 7:00 PM, at the Chimacum School Auditorium.

On Wednesday, June 30, the BOCC voted unanimously to re-affirm the 2002 decision to designate a 690-acre Mineral Resource Lands (MRL) overlay district in the Shine-Thorndyke area.  The adopting ordinance includes new findings and conditions.

The Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board (WWGMHB) issued a Compliance Order for Case No. 03-2-0006 on October 14, 2004 that finds the County MRL adoption decision in compliance with the State Environmental Policy Act and the Growth Management Act.

The following documents are related to the Growth Management Hearings Board compliance process for the Wahl-Meridian MRL overlay district proposal:

Mineral Extraction: Shine Hub, Wahl and Meridian Areas

10-acre Pit Expansion (MLA04-00549)

On November 11, 2004, DCD approved an administrative permit for a ten-acre extraction area (pit area) adjacent to the existing Shine Hub.

Wahl Extraction Area (MLA03-00377)

FHM submitted a permit application to Jefferson County in 2003 for mineral extraction in the Wahl extraction area of the newly designated MRL and a conveyor from the Wahl area to the Shine Pit hub.  The case number for this Type I permit is MLA03-00377.  Track the case history on the Permit Database Search page The final permit decision and related documents are posted in this section below

The Wahl Area Extraction proposal is for mineral extraction on 165 acres that would include transporting this material by conveyor to the existing Shine Hub for processing.  This material would be transported by truck on SR 104.  The extraction area and conveyor are located within in the Mineral Resource Lands (MRL) overlay district adopted by Ordinance No. 08-0706-04 on July 6, 2004.

The final decision for this County mineral extraction / stormwater management permit was made by the Unified Development Code (UDC) Administrator at DCD on July 18, 2005.  Other agencies with jurisdiction include the State Department of Natural Resources, Surface Mine Reclamation; State Department of Ecology, Water Quality Program; and Olympic Region Clean Air Agency.

Documents (MLA03-00377)

Note: The term "threshold determination" relates to an action under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).

Meridian Extraction Area

To date, no permit application has been submitted for mineral extraction in the Meridian extraction area, which is south and east of the Wahl area.

More Information

For more information on the County review processes associated with these proposals, email the Development Review Division or call (360) 379-4450.

For more information on State permitting, visit the Office of Regulatory Assistance.

 

     
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