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  Page last updated: 6/8/2005

On August 23, 2004, the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) adopted an ordinance that established goals, policies, zoning districts, and development regulations for the Irondale & Port Hadlock Urban Growth Area (UGA).  Visit the main UGA page for access to the adopted ordinance, corresponding documents, and other essential and updated information about the UGA.

The function of this page is to provide information relating to each stage of the planning process that lead up to the adoption of Ordinance No. 10-0823-04 in August 2004.  Links to various versions of draft proposals are included below.

Background & UGA Designation 2002

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 goals, policies, designations, districts, and development regulations in 2004:

Jefferson County designated a UGA boundary in the Irondale and Port Hadlock area in December 2002.  

For more information on the boundary adoption process, visit the 2002 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Cycle pageNo zoning changes were made along with the initial Urban Growth Area designation in 2002.  Zoning changes reflective of a UGA were adopted in 2004 along with completion of a General Sewer Plan for the UGA.

A Petition for Review challenging the County action was filed before the Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board (WWGMHB).  Here is the decision issued in 2003:

The Hearings Board issued another FDO on May 31, 2005 addressing this initial petition as well as a later petition on adopted goals, policies, and development regulations.  Visit the main UGA page for more information.

UGA Planning Process 2003-2004

The process for "Charting a Course" for the Irondale & Hadlock UGA has spanned a number of years.  For information on the planning effort after adoption of Ordinance No. 10-0823-04 on August 23, 2004, visit the main UGA page.  This section describes the planning process and public involvement that lead up to the adoption of the UGA ordinance in 2004.

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

During the process, the Jefferson County Planning Commission had a standing UGA Committee, with meeting announcements posted on the Planning Commission section of Long-Range Planning webpage.

Following are general announcements and press releases issued during the 2003 and 2004 concerning the UGA planning process:

Residents of the designated Irondale & Port Hadlock Urban Growth Area (UGA) received the following updates together with PUD #1 monthly mailings:

November 18, 2003 Open House

Citizens were able to learn more about proposed plans for the Irondale & Port Hadlock Urban Growth Area at a Planning Commission sponsored Open House held on November 18, 2003, at the WSU Cooperative Learning Center in Port Hadlock. This event provided a relaxed setting where Planning Commission members, County Commissioners, project consultants, and staff were available to answer questions and explain what the UGA designation means for residents. Over 100 citizens attended. To view the display boards used at the open house or see a verbatim summary of comments received click on the links below.

April 14, 2004 Open House

An additional learning opportunity was provided through a second Open House on the UGA planning process.

See the Public Review Proposals 2004 section below for information about the public involvement process once proposals were released for formal public review. 

Capital Facilities Planning 2003-2004

Below are documents associated with UGA capital facilities planning in late 2003 and early 2004.  The May 2004 versions of these documents are considered part of a set of Comprehensive Plan amendments proposed under case number MLA04-29 in association with UGA planning for the Irondale and Hadlock area.

General Sewer Plan

Stormwater Management

Transportation

Public Review Proposals 2004

Following capital facilities planning, proposals for UGA goals, policies, land use designations, zoning districts, and development regulations were released for public review.  The following two case numbers were used to distinguish between components related to the Comprehensive Plan and those related to the Unified Development Code (UDC):

1. MLA04-29: Comprehensive Plan amendments associated with the UGA, including internal land use designations, a new UGA Element in the Comprehensive Plan, and a General Sewer Plan.  See Comprehensive Plan UGA Element below for documents and more information.  See Capital Facilities planning above for more information about the updated General Sewer Plan, and updated Stormwater Management and Transportation Plans for the UGA.

2. MLA04-30: Development regulations associated with the UGA, including internal zoning districts, a new Unified Development Code (UDC) Appendix D and other UDC amendments for consistency with the new Appendix D.  See Development Regulations below for documents and more information.

Comprehensive Plan UGA Element

Working with consultants, the UGA Committee of the Planning Commission, and the BoCC-appointed, volunteer "UGA Task Force," the County proposed in 2004 a set of Comprehensive Plan amendments to establish goals and policies for the Irondale & Port Hadlock UGA.  [See the "Public Involvement Plan" linked above for more information on the planning process.] 

The proposed amendments were packaged under case number MLA04-29 and were part of the 2004 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Cycle.  MLA04-29 was considered earlier than the other docketed items in the 2004 cycle because of reporting deadlines associated with a growth management compliance case related to the initial adoption of the UGA boundary in 2002.  The  Planning Commission held a public hearing on June 2, 2004 concerning MLA04-29.

The following documents were associated with MLA04-29.  Links are provided to other sections when appropriate:

After accepting public comment and deliberating on the proposals, the Planning Commission delivered a set of recommendations for MLA04-29, and implementing development regulations under MLA04-30, to the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC).  The BoCC adopted a set of UGA goals, policies, land use and zoning districts, and development regulations in August 2004.

UGA Development Regulations

Following the "Public Involvement Plan" (linked above), a series of public meetings were held with the BoCC-appointed, volunteer "UGA Task Force," which included the UGA Committee of the Planning Commission Preliminary work of the UGA Task Force includes:

Through the work of the UGA Task Force, County staff and consultants, a proposal for internal land use designations and zoning districts was available for public review and comment in association with a Planning Commission public hearing on June 2, 2004.  See Comprehensive Plan UGA Element above for information on case number MLA04-29, which included maps of proposed land use designations and zoning districts within the Irondale & Hadlock UGA.  Land use designations were proposed to be considered part of the Comprehensive Plan, while zoning districts were to be considered part of the Unified Development Code (UDC).

The Planning Commission held a public hearing on June 16, 2004 regarding a proposal for UDC development regulations that implement UGA goals and policies proposed for the Comprehensive Plan.  The set of amendments to the UDC related to the UGA were packaged under case number MLA04-30.

Planning Commission Recommendation

Following public hearings on June 2 and June 16, 2004, and subsequent deliberation, the Jefferson County Planning Commission unanimously supported a recommendation to the BoCC concerning variations of the following proposals:

1. MLA04-29: Comprehensive Plan amendments associated with the UGA, including internal land use designations, a new UGA Element in the Comprehensive Plan, and a General Sewer Plan.  See Comprehensive Plan UGA Element above for documents and more information.  See Capital Facilities planning above for more information about the updated General Sewer Plan, Stormwater Management Plan, and Transportation Plans for the UGA, pursuant to Planning Commission review.

2. MLA04-30: Development regulations associated with the UGA, including internal zoning districts, a new Unified Development Code (UDC) Appendix D and other UDC amendments for consistency with the new Appendix D.  See Development Regulations above for documents and more information.

The Planning Commission recommendation included changes to the proposals as originally introduced to the public.  The recommendation was reached on June 30, 2004 and presented to the BoCC on July 19.  Following are documents associated with the Planning Commission recommendation.  All other documents are unchanged from what is posted above for the proposals as described under 1. MLA04-29 and 2. MLA04-30 above.

County Commissioners Consideration

The Planning Commission recommendation for UGA plans, goals, policies, designations, districts, and development regulations was presented to the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) on July 19, 2004.  The BoCC scheduled a public hearing for August 2, 2004.  Following the hearing and continued discussion, the BoCC directed staff to make adjustments to the proposals and ultimately adopted a UGA ordinance on August 23, 2004.

Following are documents associated with the BoCC consideration:

The BoCC decision corresponded with the Planning Commission recommendation 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.

For access to Ordinance No. 10-0823-04 and associated documents, visit the main UGA page.

More Information

For more information about the Irondale & Port Hadlock Urban Growth Area (UGA), including adopted plans and current events, visit the main UGA page and/or contact DCD Long-Range Planning.

 

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