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Page last updated: 7/20/2006

On July 10, 2006, the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) adopted Ordinance No. 08-0710-06, thereby adopting an "Omnibus" amendment package for the Unified Development Code (UDC), Title 18 of the Jefferson County Code (JCC).  The amendments are effective 8:00 AM, Monday, July 17, 2006.

Ordinance Attachments - JCC Title 18 Chapters with line-in/line-out amendments, as adopted July 10, 2006

Chapter 18.05 - Introduction
Chapter 18.10 - Definitions
Chapter 18.15 - Land Use Districts
Chapter 18.20 - Performance and Use Standards
Chapter 18.30 - Development Standards
Chapter 18.35 - Land Divisions
Chapter 18.40 - Permit Application Procedures / SEPA

 

Background

Jefferson County adopted the Unified Development Code (UDC) in December 2000 as the set of implementing regulations for the 1998 Comprehensive Plan.  For more information on the purpose of the UDC, the process by which it was developed and adopted, and current code sections, visit the UDC page.

The County maintains the Comprehensive Plan and the UDC pursuant to requirements in the State Growth Management Act (GMA).  For more information about land use planning in general, visit the Long-Range Planning page.  For information about how the UDC is used to review project applications, visit the Development Review Division page.

"UDC HOPE" is the UDC Housekeeping Omnibus for Permit Efficiency project, or "Omnibus" for short.  The Omnibus is a package of proposed code amendments developed through comprehensive review of the UDC.  County staff, in collaboration with the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) and the UDC Committee of the Planning Commission, prepared a preliminary amendment package that was approved by the Planning Commission on July 20, 2005 for formal public review.

See Public Review below for information about the review process.

Draft Proposals

The following is presented in chronological order.  The Omnibus package was eventually adopted on July 10, 2006.  See Ordinance Adoption below.

Preliminary Proposal

The line-in/line-out draft chapters linked below constitute a preliminary proposal for the purposes of public review.  The Planning Commission makes its formal recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) after holding a public hearing on the proposed amendments on October 5, 2005.

The May 31, 2005 Jefferson County Code (JCC) Staff Comments provide an overview of the proposal as recommended by staff and by the Planning Commission UDC Committee:

Chapter 18.05 - Introduction
Chapter 18.10 - Definitions
Chapter 18.15 - Land Use Districts
Chapter 18.18 - Irondale/Hadlock Urban Growth Area
Chapter 18.20 - Performance and Use Standards
Chapter 18.25 - Shoreline Master Program
Chapter 18.30 - Development Standards
Chapter 18.35 - Land Divisions
Chapter 18.40 - Permit Application Procedures / SEPA
Chapter 18.42 - Personal Wireless Service Facilities
Chapter 18.45 - Plan / Regulation Amendment Process
Chapter 18.50 - Enforcement

 

Additional Recommendations - leading up to Planning Commission Recommendation

The following changes to the Omnibus amendment package in response to various comments that were received from County departments and the public. 

  • Memo to Planning Commission   9/16/05
    • Includes information on Site Plan Approval Advance Determinations (SPAADs) and the regulation of political signs
  • Memo to Planning Commission   10/16/05
    • Discusses additional staff recommendations for the UDC Omnibus amendment package
       

  • 18.20 Performance Standards   10/28/05
    Changes to Accessory Use provisions to allow and Accessory Dwelling Unit in Glen Cove.
     

  • 18.30 Development Standards 10/28/05
    Allows political signs under 8 square feet on public property as a general exemption.  Also clarifies stormwater management provisions.
     

  • 18.35 Land Divisions  10/28/05
    Requires Surety be posted for any unconstructed improvements that are required as a condition of plat approval.  Also changes have been made to state law that require delinquent and current year property taxes be paid before approval of a Boundary Line Adjustment (BLA) or plat approval.
     

  • Memo to BOCC 12/14/05
    Addresses three additional staff recommendations: deleting a reference to a certification that does not exist, stating that tidelands may only be platted by the Dept. of Natural Resources, and adopting the standards contained in the Non-Motorized Transportation and Recreational Trails plan.

Planning Commission Recommendation

The Planning Commission finalized its recommendation on the Omnibus amendments at the November 2, 2005 meeting.

Chapter 18.05 - Introduction
Chapter 18.10 - Definitions
Chapter 18.15 - Land Use Districts
Chapter 18.18 - Irondale/Hadlock Urban Growth Area
Chapter 18.20 - Performance and Use Standards
Chapter 18.25 - Shoreline Master Program
Chapter 18.30 - Development Standards
Chapter 18.35 - Land Divisions
Chapter 18.40 - Permit Application Procedures / SEPA
Chapter 18.42 - Personal Wireless Service Facilities
Chapter 18.45 - Plan / Regulation Amendment Process
Chapter 18.50 - Enforcement

Note:

These additions were presented to the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) on December 19, 2005 and were part of the proposal under consideration as the subject of the BoCC public hearing on January 9, 2006.

Public Review

The Planning Commission held a public hearing on October 5, 2005, at the WSU Community Learning Center in Port Hadlock.  Check the Planning Commission section of the Long-Range Planning page for the agenda and minutes.  The written public comment period was extended through close of business October 12.

The recommendation of the Planning Commission and staff takes into consideration public comments during the first phase of the formal public review of this proposal.  See Draft Proposals above for a presentation in chronological order of various versions of the proposal.

The recommendation of the Planning Commission and staff was presented to the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) on December 19, 2005.

See the Ordinance Adoption section that follows for a description of the review process before the BoCC.

Ordinance Adoption

The Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) is the decision-making body that eventually considers adoption of an ordinance that effectively amends the UDC.  The BoCC considers the Planning Commission and staff recommendations, as well as any input from the public through public comment periods and public hearings before the Planning Commission and BoCC, in making its decision.

The recommendation of the Planning Commission and staff was presented to the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) on December 19, 2005.  The BoCC held a public hearing on January 9, 2006 and later directed staff to develop an itemized history of the Omnibus package, indicating the origin of the ideas and the rationale behind them.

 

Partial Adoption in January 2006

In the interim, on January 26, the BoCC adopted Ordinance No. 02-0126-06, which adopted proposed amendments to Chapters 18.45 and 18.50 of Title 18 of the JCC.

Chapter 18.45 - Plan / Regulation Amendment Process
Chapter 18.50 - Enforcement

 

Continuing with the bulk of the package, staff presented the Omnibus itemized history to the BoCC during the afternoon session of the BoCC regular agenda on May 22.

The BoCC discussed the Omnibus proposal with DCD staff on June 5.  A public hearing was held on June 19 at in the BoCC Chambers of the Jefferson County Courthouse.  PDF files of the public hearing legal notice and each of the chapters proposed for amendment in Title 18 of the Jefferson County Code (i.e., the Unified Development Code or "UDC") are posted below. 

The remaining chapters within Title 18 were not proposed for amendment at that time.

Omnibus Proposal - Subject of June 19 Public Hearing

Chapter 18.05 - Introduction
Chapter 18.10 - Definitions
Chapter 18.15 - Land Use Districts
Chapter 18.20 - Performance and Use Standards
Chapter 18.30 - Development Standards
Chapter 18.35 - Land Divisions
Chapter 18.40 - Permit Application Procedures / SEPA

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On July 10, 2006, the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) adopted Ordinance No. 08-0710-06, thereby adopting an "Omnibus" amendment package for the Unified Development Code (UDC), Title 18 of the Jefferson County Code (JCC).  The amendments are effective 8:00 AM, Monday, July 17, 2006.

Note: The amendments adopted on July 10 do not include proposed provisions addressing mineral extraction and noise disturbance.

Ordinance Attachments - JCC Title 18 Chapters with line-in/line-out amendments, as adopted July 10, 2006 and effective July 17, 2006

Chapter 18.05 - Introduction
Chapter 18.10 - Definitions
Chapter 18.15 - Land Use Districts
Chapter 18.20 - Performance and Use Standards
Chapter 18.30 - Development Standards
Chapter 18.35 - Land Divisions
Chapter 18.40 - Permit Application Procedures / SEPA

More Information

For more information on the Omnibus process, contact Long-Range Planning.

For more information on the purpose of the UDC, the process by which it was developed and adopted, and current code sections, visit the UDC page.

For information about how the UDC is used to review project applications, visit the Development Review Division page.

 

     
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