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!
In person option:
Sign using paper and ink at the following days/times/locations:
August 31: Port Townsend Co-op (10:00 – 2:00)
September 7: Chimacum Farmstand (10:00 – 2:00)
September 8: Port Townsend Co-op (10:00 – 2:00)
September 14: Quilcene Fair (9:00am-4:00pm)
September 15: TRC Community Meeting/Trillium Woods Farm (4:00-6:00pm)
September 21: Chimacum Farmstand (10:00 – 2:00)
September 22 – Port Townsend Co-op (10:00 – 2:00)
September 28 – Chimacum Farmstand (10:00 – 2:00)
September 29 – Port Townsend Co-op (10:00 – 2:00)
WE HEARD IT AT THE FAIR
The Tarboo Ridge Coalition’s Jefferson County Fair booth received many visitors over the August 11th weekend. And did they ever have questions!! In a nutshell most people were simply dumbfounded by the County Commission’s recent new ordinance that allows private, for profit military and paramilitary training in 76% of unincorporated Jefferson County.
Why was there no State Environmental Review? Why was the Planning Commission ignored? Why is the County allowing a paramilitary training facility to be built on the shoreline of Tarboo Lake without any permits? Why is the County holding secret meetings with a Corporation intent on destroying the peace and tranquility of Jefferson County residents? In future posts we will provide more background and try to answer the most frequently asked questions we heard at the fair. When we can’t explain the County’s behavior, we’ll suggest who at the County you might contact.
Thanks to everyone who visited our booth and took the time to share their thoughts and support! This issue will take years of diligence and tenacity but together we will prevail and preserve the farms, forests and friendly atmosphere we all treasure.
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.