Jefferson County is a rural county. The Rural Character of Jefferson County is important and must be protected. The purpose of the Land Use and Rural Element is to have goals and policies in place to guide how the land is used and developed in order to protect rural character.
These are the goals relating to the land use and rural element in the Comp Plan:
1. Ensure consistency between the Growth Management Act, the County-wide Planning Policy, this Comprehensive Plan, land use and zoning maps, the Unified Development Code, Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board decisions, other related policies and regulations, and all land use, environmental and development decisions and approvals.
2. Establish land use goals and policies in the Land Use Element of this plan that are internally consistent with and reflective of the goals and policies of all other elements of the Plan.
3. Ensure that rural residential development preserves rural character, protects rural community identity, is compatible with surrounding land uses, and minimizes infrastructure needs.
4. Establish and maintain the size and configuration of the county’s Rural Village Centers and provide for the development of appropriately scaled commercial uses.
5. Establish and maintain the location and size of the County’s Rural Crossroads to provide access to a limited range of non-residential uses.
Foster home-based businesses or cottage industries in order to provide economic and employment opportunities outside of Rural Village Centers.