Meeting and Public Hearing Notice
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
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.
be advised that this is your 24 hour notice.
Help Evaluate Applications for Open Space Projects in
Conservation Futures Committee Vacancy – District 1
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
or visit www.co.jefferson.wa.us
and click on “Conservation Futures”.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
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.
Chance to get Involved and Make a Difference
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more
information please contact Matt Tyler at 360-385-9129 or email@example.com.
Commission - 2014 Vacancies
See this vacancy announcement for District 2 and 3
representative positions on the Planning Commission.
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
of Community Development is working on three projects:
- No Net Loss (NNL) – indicators to measure shoreline
- In-lieu Fee Mitigation (ILF) – another option for
- Stormwater Retrofit – assessing existing conditions to reduce
more information go to the DCD
Issue Links page.
The Jefferson County Department of Public Works is looking for
a citizen from Commissioner District 3 to join the Solid Waste Advisory
in 2014. Please call Richard Talbot, 360-385-9160, for more
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
LEARN MORE: Planning
Commission webpage or from Department of Community Development at
360/379-4450 or PlanComm@co.jefferson.wa.us.
Watershed Stewardship Resource Center
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.
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 WSRC page.