LETTER TO THE EDITOR Published in The Leader on 10/09/2019:
“…The December 2018 Title 8 and Title 18 ordinances opened up 76% of unincorporated land in the county to commercial weapons training facilities of unlimited scale and intensity. That is not the vision for Jefferson County that we and many, many others have been working toward. Fortunately for us, but unfortunately for the commissioners and county staff, those ordinances turned out to violate state law. It’s time to learn from those mistakes, and develop a policy that protects the land and people of Jefferson County for generations to come.”
Attend an Informational Meeting
presented by TRC
Help us spread the word. Email or print this FLYER.
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Quilcene Community Center
294952 US Hwy 101
Monday, October 14, 2019
9572 Rhody Drive
Monday, October 21, 2019
Laurel B. Johnson Community Center
923 Hazel Point Road
Port Townsend Date COMING SOON
New Moratorium on Shooting Ranges Takes Effect on September 23, 2019
Our work is not finished! TRC appealed two County ordinances concerning new commercial shooting facilities to the state Growth Management Board (GMHB). On September 16, 2019, the GMHB found the ordinances in violation of state law and invalidated them. A public hearing will be held within 60 days. The Jefferson County Planning Commission has been tasked with making recommendations for changes to comply with the Board’s decisions.
Attend the next Planning Commission Meeting:
Wednesday October 16, 2019, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Tri-Area Community Center
10 West Valley Road
Agenda to include gun range ordinances. Click for more information.
Here’s a LIST of additional ways to help TRC. Scroll down to sign our two petitions online.
Sign our petitions
TRC requests your signature on two petitions, both designed to stop Jefferson County from becoming the ‘go-to’ place for large, commercial weapons-training complexes.
TO THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS to implement the Planning Commission’s recommendations on the siting, design, and operation of gun ranges.
TO THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL to help the County respond to a blizzard of lawsuits.
When you sign, please share the petitions widely with Jefferson County residents and property owners who support TRC!
GMHB Grants Extension
On July 11th, 20919, County and TRC attorneys made arguments to the state’s Growth Management Hearings Board (GMHB) for and against the new shooting facilities ordinances. Watch the hearing.
Days later, the County and TRC jointly asked the GMHB for a 60-day extension. The extension is to provide for a reasonable amount of time to enter into settlement talks ahead of a GMHB decision.
The GMHB granted the 60-day extension and asked that they be informed of progress on September 10th. On August 7th, the TRC and the County met at the Courthouse. A TRC Board Representative and Legal Counsel presented our requested Title 8 ordinance changes to the County Civil Prosecutor and two Commissioners, in two separate meetings. We expect the County to respond to our requested changes sometime after August 25th.
ILLEGAL GUN RANGE NOW IN OPERATION
On Friday June 7, 2019, the Tarboo Ridge Coalition e-mailed Jefferson County Commissioners a letter citing County documents and file photos of Fort Discovery Inc’s illegal construction and training activities. Without any permits, the Corporation has charged ahead, clearing and grading, filling wetlands, pouring concrete, siting old and constructing new buildings and burying a 2000-gallon tank full of sewage from commercial activity at the outlaw shooting range. Even more serious, the corporation has built a 50-yard range along its north property line with gunfire pointed outward towards a low berm, neighboring recreational land, and State Highway 104. To date the County has not responded to the Coalition. READ THE LETTER.