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Last Updated 11-10-2009

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On November 9, 2009, the Board of County Commissioners held a public hearing, deliberated and signed an Adopting Ordinance implementing Community Development's recommended amendments to address issues identified in the August 12, 2009 Compliance Order, promulgated by the Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board.  The compliance hearing is scheduled for January 5, 2010.

Transitional Rural Zoning Map for the Irondale/Port Hadlock Urban Growth Area is new Figure 2-1a of the Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan

Public Hearing November 9, 2009 at 11:00 am Board of County Commissioners Chambers

Hearing Notice

Agenda Details from BoCC 10-26-2009

October 2009 Final Compliance Action MLA09-295

Planning Commission and Department of Community Development Recommendations to BoCC regarding 8-12-09 Compliance Order in Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board Case No. 07-2-0012c.

 Planning Commission letter of findings and recommendation to Board 10-21-2009

Department of Community Development Recommendations to Board 9-15-2009

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Code interpretation of Chapter 18.18 JCC

A code interpretation for 18.18 JCC was issued to provide a resource to understanding the development reglations for the Irondale/Port Hadlock Urban Growth Area.

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March 2009 Final Compliance Action

Planning Commission and Department of Community Development Recommended modifications to MLA09-00024:

Planning Commission letter of findings and recommendation to Board 03/06/09

Department of Community Development Recommendations to Board 03/10/09

Proposed Changes to Comprehensive Plan

Proposed Changes to Development Regulations, Chapter 18.18 JCC

Original MLA09-00024

Amendments to Comprehensive Plan and UDC re: GMA Compliance, 2009 MLA09-00024

###End of 3/2009 Final Compliance Documents###

2007 Compliance Actions

Notice of Public Hearing on March 7, 2007

Line-in Line Out changes proposed

SEPA/GMA Determination


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Port Hadlock UGA – Sewer Facility Plan

As part of the requirements for establishing a UGA, Jefferson County conducted a study of alternatives for developing a sewer system.  The goal of the study is to produce a comprehensive sewer facility plan that will help the County plan for growth in the area over the next 20 years; that will satisfy RCW 36.94 concerning County’s sewerage, water, and drainage system responsibilities.  This plan has been approved by the State Department of Health and the State Department of Ecology.  The plan is adopted into the Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan.  For more information and to review and download the plan, visit www.porthadlocksewer.org.

Past Planning History for the UGA

 

Video: On March 1, 2006, the Planning Commission held an informative session on the Irondale and Hadlock UGA with some of the community leaders from the area.  See UGA Planning Process - 2006 Updates below for access to the recorded video. 

 

GMA Compliance

The Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board (WWGMHB) issued a Final Decision and Order (FDO) on May 31, 2005 concerning County adoption of maps, plans, goals, policies, and development regulations for the Irondale & Port Hadlock Urban Growth Area (UGA).   Case No. 04-2-0022 and Case No. 03-2-0010 were tracked together for convenience, since both concerned the UGA.  The petitions were filed by Irondale Community Action Neighbors and Nancy Dorgan.

The FDO is 51 pages and is available on the WWGMHB website.  Among the conclusions reached by the WWGMHB is partial invalidity of aspects of the UGA plans adopted by the County last year:

Conclusion E: Therefore, we find that the continued validity of the comprehensive plan provisions that designate "optional sewer areas" and "unsewered areas" in the new Irondale and Port Hadlock UGA, and the development regulations that permit such urban development without sewer in the new UGA, substantially interfere with the fulfillment of Goals 1 and 12 of the GMA.  (Page 43 of 51, italics added, "GMA" = Growth Management Act.)

The Department of Community Development (DCD) issued a press release on June 6 that discusses the County's initial response to the FDO.

As the County received the ruling on June 1, 2005, development permit applications received up to and including June 1, 2005 are considered vested under the urban standards adopted in August 2004.  Applications received after June 1, 2005 will be reviewed under the rural standards in place prior to adoption in August 2004 of urban standards for the UGA.

An ordinance adopted on April 10, 2006 formally rescinds JCC Chapter 18.18, the urban standards adopted for the UGA in August 2004.

For more information on UGA planning as the process continues, please continually visit this webpage or email Long-Range Planning at planning@co.jefferson.wa.us.

What is an Urban Growth Area (UGA)?

An Urban Growth Area (UGA) is a term of art in the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA), a law passed by the legislature in 1990.  The intent of the GMA is to balance the need for economic development and environmental preservation.  UGAs are areas where growth will be encouraged and can be supported with adequate facilities, such as sewer and water.  UGAs are created, in large part, to accommodate growth in a cost-effective manner.

Background

Prior to the completion of the 2002 Comprehensive Plan amendment cycle, the only UGA in Jefferson County was the City of Port Townsend.  Planning to accommodate growth in the Tri-Area of Jefferson County, which includes Chimacum, Port Hadlock, and Irondale, has long been a topic of discussion.  The following documents present background information on past planning efforts in the Tri-Area, leading eventually to UGA boundary designation in 2002 and adoption of plans, goals, policies, districts, and development regulations in August 2004:

For additional background information leading up to the adoption of a UGA boundary in 2002 and the subsequent filing of a Petition for Review (PFR) before the Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board (WWGMHB), visit the UGA 2004 Draft Proposals page.

UGA Planning Process

The process for "Charting a Course" for the Irondale & Hadlock UGA has spanned a number of years.  This section contains information relative to the ongoing process after adoption of plans, goals, policies, districts, and development regulations in August 2004.

Check this webpage periodically if you are interested in this planning process.

For information related to the planning process leading up to ordinance adoption in 2004, visit the UGA 2004 Draft Proposals page.

These documents guided the public involvement component of the planning process:

 

2005 Updates

The Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) invited residents of the Hadlock & Irondale UGA and business owners with businesses in the UGA who also live in voting precincts near the UGA to serve on the Growth Management Steering Committee (GMSC).  Three voting representatives will be selected in June.  Letters of interest were accepted through May 13.

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The County sponsored an open house at the County Library in Port Hadlock on Saturday, May 14, from noon to 4:00 on:

“Creating Walkable Communities: livability, active transportation and commercial vitality”

A community presentation, slide show and discussion for everyone interested in a livable community in Port Hadlock, including business people, elected officials, walkers, bicyclists and developers.

The open house included a slide presentation by Dan Burden of Walkable Communities, Inc., followed by discussion.

Based on his observations of numerous communities, Mr. Burden's message is that people like to pass time on well-designed streets and public spaces, walking, shopping and socializing.  Streets filled with people enjoying themselves produce a healthy community and vibrant commerce.  The open house discussion addressed how to change from car-oriented development to a mixed-use village that is child and pedestrian friendly.

Prior to the open house, there was a discussion with Mr. Burden before the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) on Friday, May 13, at the Commissioners Chambers.

These events were co-sponsored by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.  Events that week included a design charrette in Port Townsend on May 12 concerning Upper Sim's Way.

 

2006 Updates

Video: On March 1, 2006, the Planning Commission held an informative session on the Irondale and Hadlock UGA with some of the community leaders from the area.  Participants included local enterprises and institutions that have plans to expand. 

Capital Facilities: General Sewer Plan, Stormwater Management & Transportation

Capital Facilities planning was and continues to be an integral part of the comprehensive planning effort for the Irondale & Port Hadlock UGA.  The basic components of UGA capital facilities planning are centralized sewage treatment, stormwater management, and transportation corridor planning and access management.

In conjunction with the adoption of plans, goals, policies, districts, and development regulations in August 2004, the BoCC adopted, incorporated by reference, or otherwise approved a series of capital facilities planning documents.  See the section below for links to adopted documents.

For access to draft capital facilities documents that information on the planning process that resulted in the adopted plans, visit the UGA 2004 Draft Proposals page.

2006 Update

Port Hadlock UGA – Sewer Facility Plan

As part of the requirements for establishing a UGA, Jefferson County is conducting a study of alternatives for developing a sewer system.  The goal of the study is to produce a comprehensive sewer facility plan that will help the County plan for growth in the area over the next 20 years; that will satisfy RCW 36.94 concerning County’s sewerage, water, and drainage system responsibilities; and that will be approved by the Department of Ecology.  For more information visit www.porthadlocksewer.org.

Goals, Policies, Designations, Districts & Development Regulations

On August 9, 2004, the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) approved by motion a series of plans, goals, policies, zoning districts, and development regulations for the Irondale & Port Hadlock UGA.  The BoCC approved an adopting ordinance on August 23 memorializing the decision, which corresponds with the recommendation from the Jefferson County Planning Commission, except for aspects of the Future Land Use and Zoning maps.  The BoCC directed that adjustments be made to the maps in Curtiss and Randolph Streets area near Hadlock center.  The signed ordinance and final documents are posted here:

The following documents represent what was adopted together with Ordinance No. 10-0823-04:

Comprehensive Plan amendments (with Appendices):

Unified Development Code (UDC) amendments:

Draft documents and supporting information on the process by which the BoCC reached a decision, as well as the process  by which staff and the Planning Commission formulated recommendations to the BoCC based on analysis and public participation, visit the UGA 2004 Draft Proposals page.

More Information

For more information about the Irondale & Port Hadlock Urban Growth Area (UGA), contact DCD Long-Range Planning by email or at (360) 379-4450.

 

 

 

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