Process & Document Archive

Following is a bullet-list synopsis of events leading up the establishment in 2003 of the current seawater intrusion policies and regulations. Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting minutes are available on the general County meetings and minutes page. For more information, contact Long-Range Planning.
  • County adopts Comprehensive Plan in August 1998.
  • County adopts Unified Development Code (UDC) in December 2000. UDC is set of development regulations to implement Comprehensive Plan.
  • Olympic Environmental Council (OEC) and Shine Community Action Council (SCAC) file petition for review on March 5, 2001 with Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board (WWGMHB).
  • WWGMHB finds County out of compliance with Growth Management Act (GMA) in relation to seawater intrusion. Issues Final Decision and Order (FDO) for Case Number 01-2-0015 on January 10, 2002.
  • County files Motion for Reconsideration. WWGMHB issues Order Denying Motion for Reconsideration on February 8.
  • BOCC appoints Seawater Intrusion Focus Group (SWIG) of interested and knowledgeable residents to discuss the issue and advise County policymakers. SWIG provides report to BOCC dated May 20.
  • Staff drafts package of policy and code amendments based on SWIG report. BOCC modifies and transmits to Planning Commission (PC) for public review process of Master Land-use Application (MLA) 02-314. PC holds public hearing July 10.
    • Integrated GMA/SEPA Document & Notice of Hearing June 7, 2002
    • Draft Coastal Seawater Intrusion Policy June 12, 2002
    • UDC Amendment Application cover page
    • Master Land Use Application MLA02-314
    • MLA Exhibit A: Description of Proposed UDC Amendments
    • MLA Exhibit B: proposed line-in/line-out UDC amendment
    • MLA Exhibit C: questions that relate proposal to Comprehensive Plan
  • BOCC holds public hearing July 22.
    • Notice of BOCC Public Hearing July 22
  • On July 23, BOCC adopts coastal seawater intrusion policy and corresponding development regulations in response to January 10 CO through Ordinance Number 07-0723-02, effective September 23.
    • Resolution Adopting a County Policy With Respect To Seawater Intrusion
    • Coastal Seawater Intrusion Policy
    • Legal Notice of Seawater Intrusion Ordinance Adoption
    • Seawater Intrusion Ordinance adopting UDC Amendments
    • UDC groundwater protection/seawater intrusion amendments
  • BOCC and PC hold joint workshop at WSU Extension on August 29. Among presenters are hydrogeologists, well pump company representative, laboratory scientist, well driller, engineer, and representatives from the State Department of Ecology.
  • Based on information from August workshop, BOCC amends regulations and policy on September 23 and September 24, respectively, through Resolution Number 61-02.
    • UDC groundwater protection/seawater intrusion amendments, as modified September 23, 2002
    • Resolution Adopting a County Policy With Respect To Seawater Intrusion modified September 24, 2002: Includes Policy as Modified
    • Coastal Seawater Intrusion Policy line-in/line-out modification adopted September 24, 2002
  • WWGMHB holds compliance hearing on October 22.
  • WWGMHB issues Compliance Order (CO) on December 5, 2002 instructing the County to complete one action within 90 days, relating to Marrowstone Island specifically, and four actions within 180 days.
  • BOCC discusses a response to the order on January 13 and 21, 2003.
    • BOCC Agenda Request: January 13, 2003
    • Staff Overview of December 2002 Hearings Board Compliance Order re: seawater intrusion
    • Water use BMPs considered in 1997
    • Staff cost estimates for more stringent regulations on Marrowstone Island: January 21, 2003
  • On February 3, BOCC discusses a draft resolution supporting the development of an off-island public water source as a long-term strategy for protecting Marrowstone Island groundwater. Adopts Resolution Number 13-03 on February 18.
    • Resolution Number 13-03, In the matter of Establishing a Policy Regarding Public Water Supply for Marrowstone Island: February 18, 2003
  • On February 5, PC establishes Seawater Intrusion Committee. After hearing a report from the Committee on February 19, PC formulates a recommendation to BOCC on 90-day response.
    • Planning Commission Recommendation for Marrowstone Island: February 19, 2003
  • BOCC discusses PC recommendation on February 24 and adopts Ordinance Number 03-0303-03 on March 3 as emergency official control per RCW 36.70A.390. (Holds public hearing April 28.)
    • Proof of Potable Water Guidance Overview: February 24, 2003
    • State Department of Ecology Guidance Document for the Establishment of Critical Aquifer Recharge Area Ordinances: December 1998
    • State Departments of Health and Ecology Guidelines for Determining Water Availability for New Buildings: April 1997
    • BOCC Agenda Request March 3, 2003
    • Ordinance Number 03-0303-03 March 3, 2003
    • Exhibit "A" to Ordinance Number 03-0303-03: UDC line-in/line-out amendments
  • Planning Commission holds public hearing on April 30 regarding proposed UDC amendments packaged as MLA03-202 in response to December 2002 compliance order.
    • Integrated GMA/SEPA Notice for MLA03-202 March 18, 2003
    • Master Land Use Application (MLA) 03-202 March 18, 2003; includes recommended policies and UDC amendments
  • On May 19, staff presents PC recommendation to BOCC.
    • BOCC Agenda Request May 19, 2003
    • Planning Commission recommendation for MLA03-202 5/7/03; contains policies and UDC line-in/line-out amendments
    • Planning Commission-recommended water conservation measures
    • RCW 36.36 aquifer protection areas
  • On May 27, BOCC holds public hearing on proposed UDC amendments.
    • Supplement to Planning Commission recommendation for MLA03-202 May 21, 2003
  • On June 2, BOCC votes unanimously to adopt proposal.
    • Staff Recommendation MLA03-202 May 30, 2003
    • Compliance Matrix first version May 30, 2003
  • On June 9, BOCC adopts Ordinance Number 06-0609-03, amending or eliminating some 90-day response language adopted through Ordinance Number 03-0303-03.
    • Ordinance Number 06-0609-03 June 9, 2003; includes UDC line-in/line-out amendments
    • Compliance Matrix final June 12, 2003
  • DCD staff issues staff report re: suggested amendments on 2003 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Docket. Report includes recommendation on seawater intrusion policy language that will effectively replace 2002 Coastal Seawater Intrusion Policy.
  • On October 27, the PC Seawater Intrusion Committee formulates a recommendation to the full PC.
  • WWGMHB issues CO on October 31, finding the County in compliance with GMA, except for 3 process and clarity insufficiencies.
  • On November 5, the Planning Commission formulates a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners for seawater intrusion policy language. The recommendation is dated November 10 and posted under "Documents" on the 2003 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Cycle page.
  • Letter from County Administrator to Marrowstone Island Property Owners; SUBJECT: Seawater Intrusion, Private Wells, and Public Water; December 1, 2003.
  • On December 8, BOCC adopts Ordinance Number 08-1208-03, which includes seawater intrusion policy language for the Comprehensive Plan.
  • WWGMHB issues Compliance Order on March 29, 2004; Case Number 01-2-0015 is closed.