Above: This is a graphic rendering of the
proposed Pier and Barge-Loading Facility on Hood Canal.
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Planner: David Wayne Johnson,
Wayne Johnson, Associate Planner, Department of Community
Development (DCD), 621 Sheridan St., Port Townsend, WA 98368
The County is currently waiting on the results of
a lawsuit between the applicant and the Department of Natural
Resources over the required tidelands lease to build the pier, as
well as a proposed marina operations plan on how the barges will
transit the eastern span of the Hood Canal bridge, and a
barge-loading noise model. We anticipate the lawsuit could
take approximately 18 months or more for a ruling. I will
revise this webpage whenever there is something to report on in
terms of moving the project along. If you are a party of
record (submitted comments on the EIS), you will be notified if,
when and where the Shoreline Public Hearing will be. If you
would like to talk about any aspect of this, please call me at
DEIS Comments Click on the link below to
view and download comments recieved on DEIS
Comments recieved on DEIS
Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)
is available here on June 25, 2014 for viewing and downloading as
T-Roc Draft EIS
T-Roc DEIS Appendix A
T-Roc DEIS Appendix B
T-Roc DEIS Appendix C
T-Roc DEIS Appendix D
T-Roc DEIS Notice of Availability
CDs of the DEIS are available at DCD, 621 Sheridan St. Port
Townsend for $2.50. Hard copies can
be viewed at the DCD office (same address), and the Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar
Ave, Port Hadlock. Hard copies of the Appendices are available
at DCD only. Hard copies may also be purchased at the SOS
Printing, located at 2319 Washington Street, Port Townsend, WA
98368, (360)385-4194. Comments received on the DEIS
will be analyzed and used to produce a Final EIS.
firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm Monday, August 11, 2014. Email
comments must include a complete current return mailing address.
sent via US Mail must be postmarked by Monday,
August 11, 2014, or hand delivered by 4:30pm to the following address:
621 Sheridan Street
Port Townsend WA 98368
Open House: A Public Open House will be held from 5:30pm to
8pm on Monday, August 4, 2014 at the Port Ludlow Bay Club, 120
Spinnaker Lane, Port Ludlow, WA to allow the public to interact
and discuss the DEIS and project with Staff, the Applicant and
DCD Consultants, with an opportunity to provide verbal comments
to a court reporter.
The Final Environmental
Impact Statement (FEIS) will be used to inform the public and
decision maker (Jefferson County Hearings Examiner) regarding
the proposed project, which requires County approval through a
Shoreline Conditional Use permit for the Pier & Loading Dock and
a Zoning Conditional Use permit for the Conveyor to transport
material to the Pier. The public and interested parties
will be notified when the Final EIS is available for review
and how to obtain a copy. A notice of public hearing will
be sent to parties who comment on the DEIS.
In order to define the scope of the Draft EIS, DCD prepared the
Scoping Letter below:
Final DCD_T-Roc 408 Scoping Letter
Above: this is a similar permitted and operatonal barge
loading facility on Puget Sound at Dupont.
Change in Ownership and Project Name
In the spring of 2009 Fred Hill Materials sold their lease of the
Shine Hub Operations and Wahl Lake area mining sites to Miles
Sand and Gravel. Fred Hill retained lease ownership of the
690-acre Merridian area proposed for extraction in conjunction
with the conveyor and pier project for marine transportation
only. Fred Hill Materials' application identifies the
project as Thorndyke Resources Operation Complex (T-ROC).
This is the same project also referred to as the Pit-to-Pier.
For more information see the T-ROC Conveyor
& Pier Proposal and T-ROC Environmental
Impact Statement sections below.
Above: This is a similar barge loading facility operated
by Manke just north of Shelton on Puget Sound.
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Public Scoping
A public scoping meeting was held on September 27, 2007
at Fort Worden Commons to present information and to take
comments on the EIS for the Pit to Pier proposal. Written
comments will be accepted until October 5, 2007.
Case File Documents Available
All documents in the T-ROC (formerly pit-to-pier) Case File are NOW AVAILABLE
for online viewing through the
Laserfische Web Link (see instructions below). Case File documents include
special reports, public comments received, maps, site-plans etc.
New documents are added weekly - check back often to see new
Laserfische Web Link Instructions:
Click "Permits" then click "Case
Click on the main folder
"MLA03-00155 FHM Pit to Pier ZON & SDP".
Click on a Log List to see the Log
Number and a short description for each individual document.
Documents are listed by Log Number, not title.
To view a
specific document, go back to the main folder and click on the
appropriate Log Number.
Above: This is a
typical barge transiting the eastern span of the Hood Canal Bridge
FHM Background Information
have been 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. More details
are on the FHM Background page
Conveyor & Pier
The T-ROC proposal no longer includes the Wahl
Lake area which are now leased from
Pope Resources by Miles Sand and Gravel (not affiliated with Fred
Hill Materials). The T-ROC conveyor and pier proposal is
undergoing the environmental review process for permitting.
Learn more in the T-ROC Environmental Impact
Statement section below.
permit applications to Jefferson County in 2003 for zoning
conditional use approval and shoreline conditional use and
substantial development for a conveyor from the Shine Pit hub to the
marine shoreline of Hood Canal and a connected pier facility
intended for barge loading. The review of these applications will
be combined under a
Type III permit process. The zoning case (ZON03-00017) and the
shoreline case (SDP03-00007) have been combined under one Master
Land Use Application: MLA03-00155. Check here for updated
information and track the case history on the
Permit Database Search page.
Through February 18, 2005, Jefferson County DCD sought Request For
Qualifications (RFQ) for the preparation of an Environmental
Impact Statement (EIS) for a conveyor and approximately 1,000 foot
long pier into Hood Canal, referred as the Pit-to-Pier project.
The specifics for the RFQ are provided below along with other
Permit application in 2003 for shoreline conditional
use and substantial development for a
conveyor and pier facility intended for barge loading. Review
of the shoreline permit is combined with review of the zoning
conditional use under #3 above. The Jefferson County Shoreline
Master Program (SMP)
is Section 5 of the
For this Type
III permit, after environmental review under the State Environmental
Policy Act (SEPA) has been completed, DCD will present a staff
report and a recommendation to the County Hearing Examiner. The
Hearing Examiner decision will be the final County decision with
regard to zoning conditional use approval. The Hearing Examiner
decision on the shoreline conditional use under the Jefferson County
Shoreline Master Program (SMP)
will be forwarded to the
State Department of Ecology for a final decision, per the
Shoreline Management Act (SMA).
several other agencies with jurisdiction over the T-ROC
proposal. These include: State Department of Ecology,
Water Quality Program and
Coastal Zone Management Program; Washington Department of Fish
and Wildlife (WDFW);
Olympic Region Clean Air Agency; and US Army Corps of Engineers
Seattle District Regulatory Program. For more information on
State permitting, visit the
Office of Regulatory Assistance.
Environmental Impact Statement
See the Draft
EIS under New Items.
action Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) under the State
Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) will be prepared for the T-ROC
proposal to identify and analyze potential significant adverse
environmental impacts. The first step in the EIS was a scoping
process where agencies, organizations and the public were invited
to help establish the scope of the document (i.e., identify areas of
study). The scoping process was completed in September 2008. The SEPA process
involves the comparison of
alternatives, including the "No Action" option.
Case File Documents
associated with the EIS and the project in general are available for viewing in the
State Department of Ecology SEPA page for more information on
the preparation of an EIS.
information on the County review processes associated with these
information on State permitting, visit the
Office of Regulatory Assistance.