The Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan...Some background:
A rural quality of life is what attracts many people to Jefferson County and is the very thing we want to protect. The Comprehensive Plan preserves and promotes those community values that affect that quality of life. The Plan directs more intensive development to appropriate areas while protecting and conserving environmentally sensitive areas like wetlands, as well as natural resources, rural character, and open space lands.
The 1998 Comprehensive Plan includes goals, policies, and strategies which help the County to achieve desired land uses depicted on the Land Use Map and guide us to a more predictable future. Each “element” in the Comprehensive Plan describes goals and policies. A goal is a direction-setter. It is a general expression of community values and, therefore, is abstract in nature. A policy is a specific statement that guides decision-making. Zoning, land division, and environmental ordinances are examples of implemented policies. A strategy describes how to implement policies to ensure that goals are met.
As our 2018 update deadline approaches, it’s time once again for the community to evaluate our values and translate them into meaningful and effectives goals, policies, and strategies. This is our time to think about what is important to our community and share our vision. What needs will we have in the future that we can address today for a better community and quality of life? How can we improve? This spectacular county is worth our attention.
Share your visions, update your “Comp” plan, and improve your community.
Meeting in a Binder: Sit down with your group and learn about what is important to them and their communities. Discuss how the goals and policies of the comprehensive plan can be improved and share your ideas with the county. Meeting in a binder is a self-guided meeting to help break the ice with others in the community and work together to build a better Jefferson County. Instructions and materials can be accessed online here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to check out one of the binders.
Input on the comprehensive plan can be commented on this SpeakUp website, but comments can also be made on the following surveys and mailed to the DCD office: 621 Sheridan St, Port Townsend, WA 98368 or emailed DCD@co.jefferson.wa.us
See photos from the Quilcene, Port Ludlow, and Tri-Areas meeting in this slideshow!