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ADDRESS
  621 Sheridan Street
Port Townsend,
WA 98368

PHONE
  Phone: 360.379.4450
Fax: 360.379.4451

HOURS
 

Monday - Thursday
9:00 to 4:30                     

closed 12:00 - 1:00 for lunch

Fridays, Weekends & Holidays:  Closed

 

 

OVERVIEW:  The Planning Commission is composed of nine citizen volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to support the Department of Community Development and to make advisory recommendations on land use planning matters to the Board of County Commissioners as authorized in the Planning Enabling Act (RCW 36.70.040). The group does not review project-specific permits.  Appointees represent their constituents and the general public from their district.

JEFFERSON COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION VACANCIES

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Jefferson County Planning Commission has three open positions, one each for District. Terms begin as soon as filled and will expire in March of 2021. A map is available here.

 

The Planning Commission assists the Department of Community Development and prepares advisory recommendations to the board of County Commissioners. The group provides a forum for public review of land use issues and planning proposals such as comprehensive and use-specific goals, policies, regulations, and zoning designations that guide development activities around the county. The group does not review project-specific permits. Recent efforts have addressed these local issues:

 

         Building size and impervious surface limits for public purpose facility expansion;

         Master Planned Resort development recommendations;

         Adult oriented and I502 business regulations;

         Sign regulations;

         Parcel rezones;

         Public health and local food resiliency; and

         Assisting with the Comprehensive plan update.

 

Meetings are typically held the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 6:30 pm in the Tri-Area Community Center located at 10 W. Valley Road, Chimacum.

 

TO APPLY: Submit a completed Volunteer Application Form as soon as possible to : Jefferson County Board of County commissioners, PO Box 1220, Port Townsend, WA 98368 or JeffBoCC@co.jefferson.wa.us. Positions are open until filled. Review of applications will begin immediately.

 

LEARN MORE: Contact Jefferson County Department of Community Development at

 (360) 379-4450 or PlanComm@co.jefferson.wa.us

Schedule of Meetings

Planning Commission meetings have returned to a twice-a-month schedule with regular meetings being held at the Tri-Area Community Center on the first and third Wednesday of each month (unless otherwise posted):

 

January 4, 2017 at 6:30 pm

January 18,2017 at 6:30 pm

February 1, 2017 at 6:30 pm

February 15, 2017 at 6:30 Pm

March 1, 2017 at 6:30 pm

March 15, 2017 at 6:30 pm

April 5, 2017 at 6:30 pm

April 19, 2017 at 6:30 pm

May 3, 2017 at 6:30 pm

May 17,2017 at 6:30 pm

June 7, 2017 at 6:30 pm

June 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm

July 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm

July 19, 2017 at 6:30 pm

August 2, 2017 at 6:30 pm

August 16, 2017 at 6:30 pm

September 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm

September 20, 2017 at 6:30 pm

October 4, 2017 at 6:30 pm

October 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm

November 1, 2017 at 6:30 pm

November 15, 2017 at 6:30 pm

December 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm

December 20, 2017 at 6:30 pm

 

The above dates are tentative and are subject to change.

 

All meetings and formal public hearings are noticed in the newspaper of record, The Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader.

Agendas, Minutes & Audio Recordings

Agendas     Minutes     Audio Recordings

 

Video Recordings - While not common practice, video recordings are available for some meetings:

March 5, 2014 - Joint workshop with City on Housing & Populations.

Presentations by: Jefferson Public Health and Habitat for Humanity

May 7, 2014 - Joint workshop with City on Agriculture and Economic Development.

Guest Speakers: David Engel, Peter Quinn, Judy Alexander, Robert Greenway, Al Latham, Dr. Laura Lewis

 

View the agenda digitally during the meeting by utilizing the Tri-Area Community Center wi-fi connection:

Tri-Area Community Center Wi-Fi Password: community2014

 

Planning Commission Topics

Comprehensive Plan Update

Jefferson County Department of Community Development is in the process of updating land use regulations and Comprehensive Plan goals and policies.

 

Please participate in the process by taking our brief survey or visiting the SpeakUp JeffCo website:

 

2018 Comprehensive Plan Survey

 

 

 

Membership, Duties & By-Laws

Membership - The current composition of the Planning Commission is as follows (with expiration date of respective four-year terms of service):

  • District 1:

  • Gary Felder (3/17/20)

  • Cynthia Koan, Chair (3/17/17)

  • Kevin Coker (3/17/19)

  • District 2:

  • Mark Jochems (3/17/19)

  • Matt Sircely (3/17/17)

  • Lorna Smith, Vice Chair (3/17/18)

  • District 3:

  • Michael Nilssen (3/17/20)

  • Richard Hull (3/17/17) 

  • Tom Giske (3/17/18)

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  • Duties (JCC 18.05.050)

    By-Laws

    Commissioner District Map

    Volunteer Statement of Interest

    Public Comment

    There are observer comment periods at most Planning Commission meetings and opportunity for formal testimony at Planning Commission public hearings on Comprehensive Plan or Unified Development Code amendment proposals.

    Citizens may also submit written comments to:

    Email to PlanComm@co.jefferson.wa.us; or

    US Mail to Jefferson County Planning Commission, 621 Sheridan Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368

    NOTE:  Please refrain from submitting duplicate comments to both as it slows processing time.

    More Information

    Contact staff for more information:

    Planning Commission, (360) 379-4450


    Page last updated: 12/20/2016

         
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