Amenities issue forces hearing on 80-lot Port Ludlow development

PORT TOWNSEND — What types of amenities should an 80-lot residential development bring to Port Ludlow?

That was the central question posed Tuesday before a Jefferson County hearing examiner when a Port Ludlow Associates’ 160-acre residential development was challenged.

Port Ludlow Associates representatives, the Jefferson County Community Development staff and their challenger, Port Ludlow resident Les Powers, don’t see eye to eye.

Hearing Examiner Irv Berteig, of Seattle, took arguments from both sides, along with testimony from about six residents.

About 50 residents and a team of attorneys and county staff members packed the small Jefferson County commissioners chambers during the three-hour hearing.

“I received a lot of good, clear testimony,” Berteig said after the hearing, adding that he hopes to render a decision by the end of the month.

Site requires grading

Port Ludlow Associates is developing a 160-acre site north of Paradise Bay Road and west of Teal Lake Road.

The project proposes 80 lots, which require clearing and grading.

Powers, who practices law in Yakima, challenged the project by appealing the county’s decision to waive the environmental impact study that involves more public participation.

His real aim, he said, is to commit the developer to creating more resort-type amenities, required by the Master Planner Resort agreement between the county and the developer.

Along with 80 potential residential homes, Powers wants to see a convention center, underground parking, youth center, indoor tennis courts, spa and swimming center included in the project.

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