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Special Meeting and Public Hearing Notice
A Special Meeting and Public Hearing of the Jefferson County Noxious Weed Control Board has been called for Monday, April 21, 2014. The time of this meeting will be 5:30 p.m. This meeting will be held at the Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Avenue, Port Hadlock, WA. 98339

Please click on the Hyperlink below to see the Agenda for this Special Meeting and Public Hearing. Only the matter(s) listed on the Agenda will be transacted at this Special Meeting.

Please be advised that this is your 24 hour notice.


Help Evaluate Applications for Open Space Projects in Jefferson County

Conservation Futures Committee Vacancy – District 1 Representative


Conservation Futures Citizen Oversight Committee members evaluate applications for open space projects and make recommendations to the county commissioners on which projects may be awarded a portion of the project cost from the county’s Conservation Futures Fund. There is currently a vacancy for a District 1 (Port Townsend) representative. The committee meets twice in the fall (Sept. and Nov.) and three times April. Send a letter of interest or email to the Office of the Board of County Commissioners, P.O. Box 1220, Port Townsend, WA 98368 or no later than 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2014. This is a non-paid position. For more information, call (360) 379-4498, email or visit and click on “Conservation Futures”.



that a public hearing regarding a proposed ordinance amending the duties and responsibilities of the Jefferson County Board of Health and the appointments of its members is scheduled by the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners for Monday, May 5, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Chamber, County Courthouse, 1820 Jefferson Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Submit written comments to Jefferson County Commissioners, P.O. Box 1220, Port Townsend, WA  98368 or e-mail to Follow this LINK to view the proposed ordinance.


A Chance to get Involved and Make a Difference
Jefferson County is seeking three dynamic volunteer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board members. There are positions open in County Commissioner Districts 1 and 2. Projects and roles of the board include strategic planning, advising the County Commissioners; assisting and supporting the organization in its mission of providing 22 parks and facilities, including HJ Carroll, Memorial Field, the PT Rec. Center, and Gibbs Lake; as well as a host of community sports, summer camps, and special events. Interested applicants must submit a letter of interest to Jefferson County Board of Commissioners, 1820 Jefferson St, Port Townsend, WA  98368 or For more information please contact Matt Tyler at 360-385-9129 or

Planning Commission - 2014 Vacancies
See this vacancy announcement for District 2 and 3 representative positions on the Planning Commission.



Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Update
FINAL STATE APPROVAL! Washington Department of Ecology has approved the Jefferson County Shoreline Master Program (SMP)! This final action completes the comprehensive update process. The new Program will be in effect starting February 21, 2014. For more information, visit the State Review & Approval page.

The SMP Update was a multi-year, legally-required project to revise the County's existing Shoreline Master Program (JCC 18.25) in compliance with new State requirements. The project has included extensive public outreach since 2006 including six open public hearings throughout the update process. Learn more on the SMP Public Outreach page.

The SMP contains goals, policies, performance standards and development regulations regarding protection, use, development and restoration activities along qualifying lake, river and saltwater shorelines in Jefferson County. All shoreline activities must comply with the SMP, whether a permit is required or not. This update provides the opportunity for new scientific information and community values to shape the future of our treasured shoreline resources. Learn more on the Shoreline Management & Planning page and the SMP Update page.



DCD Projects
Department of Community Development is working on three projects:

  • No Net Loss (NNL) – indicators to measure shoreline protection
  • In-lieu Fee Mitigation (ILF) – another option for applicants
  • Stormwater Retrofit – assessing existing conditions to reduce polluted runoff

For more information go to the DCD Issue Links page.


Volunteers Needed!
The Jefferson County Department of Public Works is looking for a citizen from Commissioner District 3 to join the Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) in 2014.  Please call Richard Talbot, 360-385-9160, for more information.

Planning Commission
February 2014 – The Planning Commission has two vacancies, one each for District 2 and District 3 (flyer) The regular meetings are now held at the County Courthouse Commissioners Chambers at 1:30 pm, typically on the first Wednesday each month with a few schedule changes to accommodate holidays.

The Planning Commission is an advisory group of volunteers that provides a forum for public review of land use issues and planning proposals. Topics include Comprehensive Plan goals, policies, and zoning designations along with the specific development regulations that guide land-use activities around the County. The group does not review project-specific permit applications.

LEARN MORE: Planning Commission webpage or from Department of Community Development at 360/379-4450 or



Watershed Stewardship Resource Center
November 2013:

Community Input – A significant portion of this grant project has included the involvement of a broad range of stakeholders, owner/builders and development professionals, to get their input on how we can improve permit processes, department policies, and code requirements.  Efforts of a several work groups and focus groups have provided feedback that has helped shape changes already in effect at DCD and others planned for the future.  This collaborative process is resulting in an overall shift towards better customer service, with new permit streamlining, code revisions, informational tools, and a new name for our resource center underway and/or coming soon!  Join the email list to get updates and event announcements.


LID Demonstration Sites – Three local sites showcase low impact development (LID) methods for better management of stormwater runoff to minimize erosion, pollution, and flooding.  Proper site planning, rain gardens, permeable pavement, native & drought tolerant landscaping, vegetated roofs, and rainwater collection & reuse are LID techniques gaining popularity.  Installation of the Demo Garden here at Castle Hill in Port Townsend is nearly complete.  Remaining are a fix for an unexpected drainage failure, final planting, site structures, and informational signage.  The Demo Garden in Quilcene is also nearly ready for a public unveiling by project partner WSU Extension.  Project partners Clallam Conservation District and City of Sequim unveiled their Demo Site near Carrie Blake Park in Sequim last summer.  Go see how beautiful and effective LID can be!


Resource Center - Open four days a week for self-guided browsing and research with Coaching Services available for one-on-one help to answer questions (flyer). Stop in to grab a few brochures and handouts and enjoy the educational art posters on display.  Stay awhile longer to browse the Reference Library books, watch some educational slideshows about LID options, dig into the hundreds of websites organized by topics, or learn ‘how to’ use the County website to find detailed information about your parcel and/or permit.  Review the list of local development professionals are trained to design, build and maintain LID facilities and those who’ve prepared special reports about wetlands, trees, geology and more. The goal of LID is to prevent the pollution of our local lakes, streams, rivers and Puget Sound by managing stormwater flow and water quality through the use of on-site natural features. Stormwater runoff? Slow it down, spread it out, and soak it in!

Grant Project - This watershed center grant project provides an optional ‘one stop shop’ for educational information, staff consultation and permit application assistance. The project helps applicants reduce permit review timelines and promotes voluntary adoption of low impact development and other best management practices as a non-regulatory approach to meeting or exceeding environmental protection requirements for stormwater, shorelines, critical areas and more. This effort helps implement the Clean Water Act and the Puget Sound Action Agenda to protect and restore the Puget Sound ecosystem.  The EPA extended the project deadline to March 2014. Learn more on the WSRC page.





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