202401 Jefferson County Planning Commission Report

Date of Meeting: 2024-05-01

Government Body: Jefferson County Planning Commission

Agenda Link: https://test.co.jefferson.wa.us/weblinkexternal/0,0/edoc/5437788/2024%2005%2001%20PC%20Meeting%20-%20Agenda%20Packet.pdf

Uploaded Materials:

Housing Topic One

Topic: Public Hearing

Type: Presentation, Public Comment

Takeaway: Please note, all JeffCo agendas have the same passcode: public

DCD Updates:

– Welcome Andrew Schwartz, D3 Commissioner- Brinnon

– Stock Plans update:

$165,000 awarded to Jefferson County for engineering costs. DCD will be reaching out to the top designs submitted to get an estimate

cost. Brent called out HSN as a positive partner in SPs survey.

– Sewer work is starting in Hadlock at Elkins and working towards the four way at QFC.

Short Term Rental Update, Presented by B.Butler:

– Understand zoning, SEPA, and environmental impacts of STRs.

Public Comment:

– With owner occupied, can the owner live in the ADU and not the primary residence?

Comment as provided by HSN,

We support the ideas to:

1. Cap the # of STRs to <200.

2. Use platform based enforcements to ensure permit compliance

3. Require owner on premise for at least 6 months out of the calendar year, so entire unites can’t be use solely for STRs and allow for second homes to be used in down time, and limiting one STR per owner,

4. Limit-terms of STR permits to 5 years or less, offering equity to those interested, but unable to get an original permit when opened.

Annual Amendment Comprehensive Docket Plans:

Public Comments:

– Mark Knudsen, EDC Board Chair. Supports Airport Overlay #3 for light industrial.

– Comment as provided by HSN:

We applaud and thank the Planning Commission and DCD for identifying lower barriers for some of our more vulnerable populations when prioritizing their focus for the Comp Plan Amendments.

1. We appreciate support the land swap to assist our partners at OlyCap to establish a long term facility for low income and homeless

individuals and families.

2. Identify ways to streamline and support the development of Habitat’s Mason Street development in Hadlock.

3. Focus efforts on farmworker housing, under the state’s definition, to encourage housing solutions for those who help feed our community.

4. Lower barriers for homeowners to create workforce housing on their private properties.

5. As a board member of the EDC, HSN also supports the EDC comment made today. We support local jobs here by expanding the Overlay #3 at the airport, knowing that this parcel is not ideal for housing developments. Housing and business expansion are the two main issues for businesses to move away from our community, leaving us focusing more and more on tourism.

Notable Dates: TBD at the next Planning Commission meeting. This one was cut short due to lengthy STR overview.

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Housing Topic Two

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Housing Topic Three

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FUNDS: Become a “house sponsor” and cover material costs for affordable home.

Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County uses a sweat equity homeownership model to build and sell affordable homes to individuals and families. They are currently building 4-5 homes per year in Port Hadlock and Port Townsend and looking to increase that number. Homebuyers must be below 80% AMI and able to qualify for an … Read more

LAND: Buildable land with single family zoning.

Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County uses a sweat equity homeownership model to build and sell affordable homes to individuals and families. They are currently building 4-5 homes per year in Port Hadlock and Port Townsend and looking to increase that number. Homebuyers must be below 80% AMI and able to qualify for an … Read more

LAND: 6-10 lots in close proximity for self-build village.

The Peninsula Housing Authority has an affordable homeownership program that serves those making up to 80% of area median income. It is called the Mutual Self-Help Build Program through a partnership with USDA Rural Development. The program supports groups of families building their homes together under the supervision of PHA staff in a village model. … Read more

LAND: Private homeowners to place an ADU on their property.

Bayside Housing is taking an urban infill model, utilizing an approach placing backyard cottages (or ADUs) at private residences, and managing the tenants while ensuring the units meet affordability standards through the agreed-upon time period. This program is still in development and the laws and regulations governing ADUs and tiny homes are in flux right … Read more

TIME: Help build a boarding house.

Bayside Housing is taking an urban infill approach and working to develop a boarding house with six efficiency units that share a common entry while allowing for tenant autonomy and privacy. The boarding house will include an on-site manager. Each unit within the boarding house will meet the requirements for people who use housing vouchers, … Read more

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