Courthouse Webcam is back!
Meeting of the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners is scheduled for
Monday, December 16, 2013.
This meeting will start at 8:30 a.m.
session will be held at the Cotton Building, 670 Water Street, Downtown Port
The afternoon session, to begin at 1:30 p.m. will be held at the Jefferson
County Courthouse, Board of Commissioners Chambers.
Please click on the Hyperlink below to see the Agenda for the Special
Meeting. Only the matter(s) listed on the Agenda for the Special Agenda will
be transacted at the Special Meeting.
Call for Bids
hereby given that the Board of County Commissioners of Jefferson County,
State of Washington, will receive sealed bids up until the hour of 9:30
a.m. on Monday, January 6, 2014, for Center Road Overlay Phase 6: MP
4.39 to MP 6.86.
Click here for more information.
The Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
Meeting scheduled for January 1, 2014 is cancelled.
A special meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2014
from 12noon to 2pm at the Jefferson County Courthouse, first floor
The agenda is opening business, fee increase presentation,
board work plan, report of the Friends of Parks and Recreation, manager’s
report, additional business and correspondence, set next meeting, and
Please contact Matt Tyler if you have any questions at
Notice of Revision to Solid Waste Fees
Notice is given that Jefferson County Public Works, Solid Waste Division
will put into effect a revised schedule of fees effective February 1, 2014
at its Jacob Miller Road Transfer Station, Quilcene drop box site, and
Moderate Risk Waste Facility. The revised fees are enacted by Jefferson
County Ordinance No. 06-1125-13 dated November 25, 2013.
The ordinance is also filed at
and a copy can also be requested by calling the Commissioners’ office (360)
385-9100 or by emailing
Call 385-9160 for any further information.
Jefferson County 2014
Commissioners adopted the 2014 Budget. The Final 2014 Jefferson County
Budget is $ 51,764,159 for all funds, including:
Fund: $16,813,568; and
the Final 2014 Budget can be viewed on-line
Mental Health Substance Abuse Sales Tax Advisory Committee
The regular scheduled meetings for December 3rd and the
January 7th, of the Mental Health Substance Abuse Sales Tax Advisory
Committee have been cancelled.
The next scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 3:30 PM, at
Jefferson County Public Health, Pacific Room. Agenda will be posted in
See the attached vacancy announcement
for District 2 and 3 representatives for Planning Commission.
2013 Annual Cycle of Comprehensive Plan Amendments
were received by the deadline, one suggested and two site-specific proposals
to amend the Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan by changing the land use
district map to rezone specific parcels. The public review process begins
with the Planning Commission. Learn more on the
2013 Annual Cycle webpage.
Stewardship Resource Center is seeking friendly volunteers that are
interested in learning about and sharing how low impact and sustainable
development can better protect our local natural resources.
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
Retrofit – assessing existing conditions to reduce polluted runoff
For more information go
DCD Issue Links page.
The Jefferson County Department of Public Works
looking for a citizen from Commissioner District 3 to join the Solid Waste
in 2014. Please call Richard Talbot, 360-385-9160, for more information.
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
Planning Commission webpage or from Department of Community Development
at 360/379-4450 or
Watershed Stewardship Resource Center
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!
- 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
Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Update
FINAL ADOPTION IS SCHEDULED! The Board is
anticipated to take formal action to adopt the new SMP with supporting
documents on Monday, December 16, 2013. For details about time & the
alternate location, access to documents, and more information, visit the
State Review & Approval page.
The SMP Update is 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.