Public hearing set for testimony on Jefferson County code, shooting facilities regulations

PORT TOWNSEND — A special meeting and public hearing has been set to gather testimony on a proposed ordinance harmonizing Jefferson County code with the commercial shooting facilities ordinance that was adopted Nov. 2.

The Jefferson County commissioners unanimously voted to schedule the special meeting for Monday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m. in The Commons at Fort Worden State Park, 200 Battery Way.

Oral testimony will be taken at that time and written comments will be accepted through the end of the hearing.

The planning commission held a public hearing Nov. 7 accepting verbal and written testimony on proposed companion amendments to Title 18 of the Jefferson County Unified Development Code.

The planning commission deliberated on the hearing record and voted to recommend a draft ordinance modifying Title 18 relating to shooting facilities to the board of county commissioners. The findings and recommendations were approved by a unanimous vote of all seven planning commissioners at the meeting.

“Many of the things the planning commission approved were consistent with what staff recommended,” said Philip Hunsucker, chief civil deputy prosecuting attorney.

“There are several things that are problematic and need to be fixed. We plan to work on those things and have them well-prepared before the proposed hearing.”

Hunsucker said there will be an overview of what the planning commission recommends and what staff recommended to them as part of the presentation Dec. 10.

Hunsucker said the hearing “keeps us on schedule to conclude work before the moratorium is set to expire on Dec. 17.”

The county will spend approximately $2,000 in room rental charges.

Staff overtime, the cost of advertising and other incidental expenses are not included in the estimate.

The expenses of this hearing and other prior hearings could require a small fourth quarter supplemental budget appropriation.

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Jefferson County Editor/Reporter Jeannie McMacken can be reached at 360-385-2335 or at jmcmacken@peninsuladailynews.com.

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