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City of Port Townsend Comprehensive Plan 2016 - 2036
(GMA Periodic Update)

Comprehensive Plan Town Meeting

The City of Port Townsend is in the process of conducting a "periodic update" to its comprehensive plan and development regulations. The City of Port Townsend Comprehensive Plan is a 20-year plan that articulates the community's vision and is a reflection of community values. The goals and policies included in this Plan: provide a basis for the City's regulations; guide future decision making; address anticipated population and employment growth; and articulate how facilities and services will be maintained or improved to accommodate the expected levels of growth.

Port Townsend usually amends its Comprehensive Plan annually and regularly adopts changes to the Development Code. In addition to these regular amendments, the state Growth Management Act (GMA) requires counties and cities to periodically conduct a thorough review of the Comprehensive Plan, development regulations and critical areas ordinance.

This mandatory "periodic update" takes place for most communities at least once every eight years. The Legislature’s schedule for the periodic update put the City of Port Townsend’s deadline at June 30, 2016 for the plan and development regulations and June 30, 2017 for the critical areas update.

Where are we in the Update Process?

Status Update January 2017

We are pleased to report the City has accomplished 2 of the 3 milestones for the GMA Update! On October 3, 2016, Council adopted Ordinance 3154, "Relating to Comprehensive Planning; Adopting the 2016 GMA Periodic Update to the Comprehensive Plan; Amending the Comprehensive Plan; and Amending Titles 17 and 18 of the Port Townsend Municipal Code in Connection Therewith."

These amendments became effective on October 17, 2016.

  • ☑ Comprehensive Plan
  • ☑ Development Regulations (e.g., zoning and land division)
  • ☐ Critical areas ordinance (CAO) - Amendments to the CAO will be processed in 2017

How can I get involved with the Critical Areas Update?

Public involvement is vital and we hope that you will share your input by providing comments, attending meetings, workshops, and learning more about the update http://cityofpt.us/calendar/events.asp?action=week&calendar=1.

Amendments will be continually refined as we progress through the adoption process. For the most recent draft and meeting schedules please use the link Meetings: Agendas, Minutes, Videos and eComment at the top of the page.

To provide input:

  1. Attend the public hearings before Planning Commission/Council and offer verbal testimony
  2. Use eComment on the City’s website: http://cityofpt.us/video.html
  3. Submit written comments to the City Clerk at 250 Madison Street, Suite 2, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Please include “CAO Update” in the Subject Line.

Staff Contact:  Judy Surber

Senior Planner/Planning Manager
City of Port Townsend