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621 Sheridan Street
Port Townsend,
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This page has information and materials regarding the Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Update Project.  For more information on the this project see the Shoreline Management & Planning page.

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Page last updated: 5/27/2010

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FAQ Handout

Jefferson County and WA Department of Ecology provide frequently asked question (FAQ) handouts and other resources to help educate and engage the public.  Learn more on the Locally Approved SMP page.

State Review Process

The Washington Department of Ecology accepted public comments on the Locally Approved SMP from April 12 to May 11, 2010 and held a public hearing on April 20 at Fort Worden Sate Park in Port Townsend.  Learn more about the status of the state review process on the state website.

Planning Commission Meeting Materials

Suggested edits to the PDSMP, other materials and brief highlights/summaries of the Planning Commission deliberations are available on the Formal Review Process page under "Past Meetings".

PDSMP Presented to Local Realtors

An overview of the SMP Comprehensive Update project and the Preliminary Draft SMP (PDSMP) proposal was presented to attendees of the Jefferson County Realtors Association on January 7, 2009.  The presentation focused on key issues for residential development.  Please note some text and graphics used are summaries or generalizations, hence reviewers are urged to read the PDSMP proposal for details. View the slideshow presented here. (2.1 MB)

Project Overview Presented to Regional Planners

An overview of the SMP Comprehensive Update project was presented to attendees of the Olympic Peninsula Planners Forum on July 18 at Fort Worden.  Planning professionals from Jefferson, Clallam, Mason, Kitsap Counties and associated cities comprised the bulk of the audience.  All jurisdictions in Washington are required to update their SMP by 2014.  View the slideshow presentation as a PDF here (2.2 MB).

Media Coverage Page

All SMP Update project news releases, public notices and press coverage is posted on this new sub-page of the SMP Public Outreach & Involvement page.  Learn more on the Media Coverage page.

SMP Comment Form and Open House Series

Throughout October 2007, the SMP project again visited locations around the County to inform and involve interested citizens and stakeholders.  The Comment Form and more information are in the SMP Open House Series section below.

Public Participation Strategy

As per state law and rules, and in the interest of open, collaborative government, public participation is key to  the SMP Update process.  See a summary of the efforts taken to inform and engage citizens over the three years leading up to the formal public review process:

Direct Mailings

Because public involvement in the SMP Update project is of utmost importance, shoreline property owners have been notified by direct mail on several occasions as a courtesy to inform them that the lengthy process was underway and to publicize important project dates/events.  Materials are sent via US Postal Service to over 3,000 addresses from the Assessors Office records as determined by a GIS mapping query for parcels in shoreline jurisdiction.  When a person owns more than one parcel, duplicates are removed.  There is no legal or contract requirement for such landowner notification, rather this public outreach action was made as a good faith effort to maximize public participation.  View the direct mail materials below:

Public Events

Community Planning Workshop July 10

The  Community Planning Workshop (formerly called the “shoreline charrette”) was held at the Inn at Port Hadlock (310 Hadlock Bay Rd, Port Hadlock) on Thursday, July 10 from 9:00 am to 8:30 pm. The purpose was to gather broad community input and build support for the Preliminary Draft SMP prior to its submittal for Planning Commission and formal public review starting this Fall.

While this SMP event was not held as a full charrette, similar concepts and components were incorporated.  What is a "charrette" anyway?  Learn more about this dynamic planning approach to collaborative community solutions.

View and download these July 10 workshop materials:

Neighborhood Information Booths

With the intent of getting the word out and stimulating interest and involvement, the SMP project visited twelve neighborhoods around eastern Jefferson County in Summer 2008 to distribute brochures and stickers, answer questions about three key documents and encourage attendance at the July 10 Community Planning Workshop.  The information booths appeared as follows:

Date/Time Location
June 26, 9 - 11 am Port Ludlow Village Market
June 26, 1 - 3 pm Johnston Realty, Brinnon
June 26, 4 - 6 pm Quilcene Community Center
June 28, 10 - 12 am Wild Birds Unlimited, Gardiner
June 28, 1 - 3 pm Franks Surplus, Discovery Bay
July 1, 12 - 1 pm North Beach County Park
July 1, 2 - 3 pm Discovery Bay Golf Club
July 1, 4 - 6 pm Port Townsend Safeway
July 2, 2 - 6 pm Shine Fire Station
July 3, 11 am - 12 pm Coyle Community Center
July 3, 2 - 3 pm Nordland General Store
July 3, 4 - 6 pm Port Hadlock QFC

View the poster and direct mailing that advertised the Neighborhood Information Booths, the July 10 Community Planning Workshop, and other shoreline related events.

SMP Open House Series

October 9 - 30, 2007:  The SMP project team again visited locations around the County to update interested citizens on recent progress and gather input on early draft proposed goals, policies, environment designations, use standards, and development regulations.  Public open house events were held as follows:

  • October 9, 6:30 - 8:30 PM at Tri Area Community Center in Chimacum
  • October 16, 6:30 - 8:30 PM at Port Ludlow Beach Club
  • October 23, 6:30 - 8:30 PM at Quilcene Community Center
  • October 30, 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Kalaloch Lodge

Each drop-in event featured poster displays, a repeating slideshow, an interactive digital mapping station, and a comment form.  The Comment Form was posted on this page starting October 9.  The first three events immediately followed SPAC meetings.  Open House materials are/will be posted below:

NOTE: LARGE PDF FILES - Unmarked files are under 1.0 MB

SMP Road Show

March 12 – 15, 2007: A series of public meetings were delivered around the County with stops in Chimacum, Port Ludlow, Brinnon and Clearwater. Each event followed the same agenda including an open house of informational displays, a slideshow lecture and an audience participation activity. Nearly 130 citizens attended overall to learn more about the status of this project and provide input during this early staff-development phase of a draft SMP proposal. Summary notes are in preparation and will be posted on this webpage.

Road Show materials are below:

Shoreline Charrette Primer

October 12 - 14, 2006:  The intent was to introduce the community to the SMP Update Project and gather initial citizen input in preparation for a "full shoreline charrette" event.  This public event attracted nearly 150 participants in sessions including a keynote address about climate change, an overview of shoreline planning basics, a public visioning workshop, a joint committee meeting and an educational course for property owners.

Event materials, slide presentations, and summary notes are below:

Thursday, October 12

Friday, October 13

See the Shoreline Advisory Committees page for more information about the STAC and SPAC.

Saturday, October 14

  • Marine Shoreline Landowners Workshop agenda

Email Distribution List

DCD has an email distribution list specifically for interested parties that want to stay "in the loop" about the SMP update project.  Participants receive periodic emails with new information about the SMP Update Project and related issues. 

To sign up, please email Associate Planner Michelle McConnell.

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