Greetings Interested Parties,


Responsiveness Summary

Today the County submitted a Responsiveness Summary to the WA Department of Ecology, as a required step in the formal review process.  The document and a transmittal memo are posted online at the Locally Approved SMP webpage.  A public review copy is also available at the DCD Front Office.


Ecology received over 300 public comment letters/testimonies during the state-wide comment period (also posted online).  The Responsiveness Summary groups individual comment summaries into topics, identifies issues of public interest and responds generally to those issues.  Ecology has confirmed there are no state requirements or guidelines for the content or format of such a response document.  The County is also working to revise the FAQ Handout to provide answers to additional questions submitted as public comment.


Next Steps

Ecology will review the Responsiveness Summary as they prepare their Findings and Conclusions and make a decision on the LA-SMP, anticipated by mid-January 2011.  Any required or suggested changes must be agreed upon by Ecology and the County prior to state adoption.  Finally, the County must adopt the SMP by ordinance to amend the Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan (goals & policies) and the Unified Development Code (regulations).


This email list will be kept informed as the review process continues towards final adoption.


Best regards,



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Michelle McConnell, Associate Planner - LRP Lead


Jefferson County Department of Community Development

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