JEFFERSON: Port Townsend, county push toward zoning for more industry

PORT TOWNSEND — How to handle a factory or large business that wants to locate in Jefferson County took a step forward Thursday.

But this may not be much of an issue — there are very few large parcels of industrially zoned land available within Port Townsend or the county.

County and Port Townsend officials instructed their respected planning staffs to continue working together on a process for designating “major industrial developments.”‘

The members of the Joint Growth Management Steering Committee — comprised of three Port Townsend City Council members, the three county commissioners and one Port of Port Townsend commissioner — decided that the planning staffs should write a draft agreement between Port Townsend and Jefferson County outlining the process.

A “major industrial development” can be located outside the city limits if an applicant can't find an adequate chunk of land within Port Townsend.

The county and city must have a process in place should an applicant come calling.

One of the first steps is developing an inventory of available land.

The full report appears in the Friday/Saturday Jefferson County edition of the Peninsula News. Look for it at newsstands or click on “Subscribe” at left to get your own copy delivered by U.S. mail.

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