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2019 Comprehensive Plan Amendment of the 2016 Update 

2019 Comprehensive Plan - Final Document Adopted June 18, 2019

2019 Amendment Process
During the June 5, 2018 public hearing for the 2018 Comprehensive Plan Amendment, City Council passed a motion to ask the Planning Commission to take up the Comprehensive Plan Amendment with sufficient time for substantive review and discussion, and to request a timeline from City staff for the Planning Commission and Council review that meets the June 2019 deadline. A second motion resolved to declare that the current Comprehensive Plan satisfies State Growth Management Act requirements. The 2018 Amendment involved the integration of the 2009 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) Study into the Plan’s vision, improved accuracy, fixed errors, and reviewed the plan’s policies to ensure the City’s vision is clear, prioritized, and can be implemented.

A joint meeting between the City Council and Planning Commission took place on September 12, 2018 where discussion focused on the Comprehensive Plan amendment and update process, the roles of City Council and the Planning Commission, and details concerning the upcoming 2019 Comprehensive Plan Amendment. Discussion included history of the 2018 Amendment, intent and goals of the final product, timing of the process, and action and direction related to the amendment.

At the regular September 18, 2018 City Council Meeting, five motions were passed directing the Planning Commission in the 2019 Comprehensive Plan Amendment process:

Motion 1: Request the Planning Commission to assess the Comprehensive Plan and amendment to address internal inconsistencies;

Motion 2: Recommend the Planning Commission evaluate the land use map for the maps compatibility with the vision, goals, policies and objectives stated in the plan;

Motion 3: Move to request the Planning Commission recommend amendments to the Comprehensive Plan based on elimination of redundancies, vagueness, and ambiguity;

Motion 4: Ask the Planning Commission to evaluate the definition of policy, and make a recommendation regarding that definition in the Comprehensive Plan and the amendment; and

Motion 5: Recommend the Planning Commission begin work on the amendment drafting process immediately.

In accordance with Motions 1 and 3, at their regular October 24, 2018 meeting the Planning Commission accepted the schedule for the 2019 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Process (revised on January 10, 2019) listed as Appendix G of this Staff Report.

Subsequent meetings involved in-depth review of Chapters 2-10 of the Comprehensive Plan, which included each individual Element and its guiding goals and policies. Commissioners worked collectively over the course of several meetings to edit Chapter 4: Transportation and develop a methodology for review and revision of future Chapters. This methodology identified persistent issues in language, clarity, and redundancy within the document and provided guidance for editing to ensure that each Plan chapter is consistent in its language and voice. A synopsis for each chapter is listed as Appendix F to this staff report, and a list of agreed-upon policy change typologies and recommendations based on those typologies is listed as Appendix E. The Chapter Synopses explain the nature of each Element, its relationship to other Elements, and a brief description of overall changes made. The policy review typologies describe the methodology for the Planning Commission’s evaluation of the Plan, direction for how policies that have been flagged for review should be approached, and for what reason. The Planning Commission found six distinct typologies to describe how why each policy that has been identified as needing revision and how that revision should take place.

In accordance with Motion 2, at their regular February 20, 2019 meeting the Planning Commission discussed with staff the Comprehensive Land Use Map and came to the conclusion that a proper amendment to the Map would take a considerable amount of time and public involvement. The Commission came to the agreement that although an amendment to the Comprehensive Land Use Map is long overdue, to be done correctly it should be undertaken during a future amendment cycle.

After final review of Chapters 2-10 of the Comprehensive Plan at the regular April 10, 2018 Planning Commission meeting, the following changes have been made to those chapters:

  • Edited Removals: 646
  • Edited Additions: 490
  • Goals Moved: 1
  • Goals Combined: 2
  • Policies Moved for Review: 68
  • Policies Combined: 36

The Planning Commission recommended City Council adopt four separate amendments to the Comprehensive Plan as a part of the 2019 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Cycle. A public hearing on the amendments was held on June 4, 2019 at the regular City Council Meeting and the City Council voted unanimously to approve the amendment on June 18, 2019. The amendments include:

Amendment 1. Inclusion of the AIA SDAT study into the Comprehensive Plan’s vision.
The AIA SDAT (American Institute of Architects Sustainable Design Assessment Team) study provided an alternative approach to prioritize the City’s Capital Facilities Plan to improve the vitality of downtown and gateway corridor from the eastern city limit along Highway 101. The study reviewed Port Angeles’ strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to operationalize local economic development and investment and provide a higher quality of life for all Port Angeles residents. City Council has tasked Staff to include the SDAT plan as an integral part of the Comprehensive Plan’s guiding vision.

Amendment 2. Staff edits for document accuracy and clarity in the Table of Contents, Chapter 1: Introduction, and Comprehensive Plan Appendices. (2017-18 Amendment Cycle)
This work includes review of the plan for grammatical accuracy; the accuracy of place names, organizations, and other titles; removal or revision of policies for accuracy and prioritization; and revision of the Implementation Matrix to update project dates and completion.

Amendment 3. Inclusion of Performance Measure Metrics for each City Department (2017-18 Amendment Cycle)
Each City Department has been tasked with creating metrics to measure performance based on Comprehensive Plan policies and the Implementation Matrix.

Amendment 4. Suggested edits to the Plan’s Policies by the Planning Commission in both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 Amendment Cycles.
The Planning Commission was asked by the Director to provide constructive and detailed feedback on the Comprehensive Plan. This included a thorough review of the Plan’s vision to ensure it is clearly articulated through the policies; measuring progress towards meeting the Plan’s vision; and a review of policies to ensure policies are well articulated, in the correct element of the Plan, and which should be a matter of priority.

2019 Housing Action Plan

Related Documents:
2019 Housing Action Plan and Housing Needs Assessment

The 2019 City of Port Angeles Housing Action Plan has been completed! The Plan includes an assessment of current housing conditions, community survey results, and a number of strategies for providing housing in our community.

The Port Angeles Housing Action Plan 2019 was prepared in response to the City’s 2017 Comprehensive Plan in conformance with the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA) and in conjunction with the City’s 2019 Comprehensive Plan Amendment. In accordance with GMA requirements, analysis includes:

  • Population trends in Port Angeles and Clallam County;
  • Demographic characteristics including age, household status, employment, income, housing tenure, and housing costs;
  • Housing market trends in Port Angeles and Clallam County compared with the surrounding areas and Washington State including housing affordability;
  • Housing opportunity for critical skill occupations within Port Angeles and Clallam County;
  • Housing cost burdens of all income groups including extremely low, lower, and low income;
  • Publicly assisted housing inventory including numbers and key sponsors;
  • Demographic characteristics of occupants of publicly assisted housing units;
  • Homeless populations;
  • Population projections and allocations for the 20-year planning period;
  • National trends in household formations and characteristics of impact on housing needs;
  • Housing policy implications for Port Angeles including the impact of various incentives;
  • Number of foreclosures and short term rentals; and
  • Availability, number and size of residentially zoned vacant land.

In order to ensure the inclusion of the greater Port Angeles community and all sectors housing market, the Mayor requested the involvement of a number of organizations in the creation of a Housing Task Force. The Task Force and a smaller data gathering Housing Working Group met regularly over several months in late 2018 and 2019 to initiate the process of developing the Plan through a general assessment of the current state of housing availability, development, and need in the community. The organizations involved included local public employers, builders, realtors, building material suppliers, public housing officials, tribes, and public/non-profit agencies.  

In late 2018, with the assistance of the Housing Working Group the City developed and sent out a Housing Needs Assessment Survey to the greater Port Angeles community to assess community wide opinions on current housing conditions, preferences, and priorities. The City received over 580 responses to the survey, which assisted in informing the Plan’s strategy for future implementation.

The final plan was presented to City Staff by the Consultant, Beckwith Consulting Group and Staff provided to the City Council at their regular May 21st meeting. Steps were immediately taken to begin the Plan’s implementation recognizing that current conditions and plan outcomes demand action. Staff began by incorporating Tasks from the plan into Chapter 11 of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, which directs the implementation of goals and policies within the Plan, during the 2019 Amendment Cycle. The process of initiating more accessible municipal code changes to address infill and alternative residential development are currently underway.

For more information on the Plan or its development, please contact the Planning Division at 360-417-4750 or ced@cityofpa.us

The City would like to thank the following businesses and organizations that participated in the development of this Plan:

  • Clallam County Economic Development Council 
  • Coldwell Banker Uptown Realty
  • Craft3
  • First Federal Bank
  • Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County
  • Healthy Families of Clallam County
  • Holy Trinity and Interfaith Community in Clallam County
  • Homeward Bound Community Land Trust
  • James and Associates
  • Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
  • Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
  • Lumber Traders, Inc.
  • North Olympic Development Council
  • North Olympic Healthcare Network
  • North Peninsula Builders Association
  • Olympic Medical Center
  • Peninsula Behavioral Health
  • Peninsula Housing Authority
  • Port Angeles Business Association
  • Port Angeles Downtown Association
  • Port Angeles Realtors Association
  • Port of Port Angeles
  • Sequim Association of Realtors
  • Sequim Health and Rehabilitation
  • United States Coast Guard
  • Westerra Homes

2021 Climate Action Plan 


The 2019 City Work Plan included an item that called for the creation of a local working group to put together a community driven Climate Action Plan. This community driven Climate Action Plan included proposed strategies and actions for both mitigation of and adaptation to climate change.  A City Climate Action Planning Group (CAPG) was formed and met regularly from January to October 2019. The group prepared a report containing recommendations and strategies for the creation of a Climate Action Plan for consideration by the City Council.

On November 6, 2019 the City Council voted to recommend this Planning Commission Subcommittee achieve the following from the CAPG Resiliency Plan (pulled directly from the CAPG Resiliency Plan: Recommendations Addressing Climate Change, pg. 3):

The Planning Commission Climate Action Subcommittee met twice a month between December 2019 and February 2020. The Subcommittee recommended approval of an 18-month workplan that included a greenhouse gas inventory, supply chain analysis, and public participation plan with the anticipation of a final Climate Resilience Plan being completed and approved by City Council in June of 2021. These three tasks were to be supported by community volunteer groups. 

Due to City Council strategic plan priorities and workload requirements, on February 18, 2019 staff recommended that the City Council approve a professional services agreement with an estimated cost of $50,000 to manage the FEWsion project, International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) inventory, consider action items and strategies that would emphasize city-wide energy-use reduction, and draft of a climate resiliency plan for Planning Commission review.

City Council made five motions in response to staff’s request, including amending their previous motion in order to remove recommending a Planning Commission Subcommittee be created—as well as removal of the same recommendation from the CAPG "Summary of Recommendations"—and pursue a professional services agreement to manage the FEWsion project, ICLEI inventory, and draft a climate action plan for staff review. This authorization contemplates a joint approach with Clallam County, in collaboration with Clallam County if the County is willing to participate and with collaboration with community volunteers.

If you would like to participate in the process, get any updates on the Plans development, or have questions regarding the Climate Action Plan please contact Planning Staff at: ced@cityofpa.us or 360-417-4750.

Meetings and Agendas
December 11, 2019 Meeting Agenda Packet |  Audio Recording
January 8, 2020 Meeting Agenda Packet | Audio Recording
January 22, 2020 Meeting Agenda Packet | Audio Recording
January 29, 2020 Meeting Agenda Packet | Audio Recording
February 12, 2020 Meeting Agenda Packet | Audio Recording
February 26, 2020 Meeting Agenda Packet | Audio Recording

Port Angeles Resiliency Plan Related Documents
Climate Action Group Recommended Resiliency Plan
Planning Commission Climate Action Subcommittee Work Plan

February 27th Peninsula Planners Climate Action Forum Presentations
Northern Arizona University FEWsion Supply Chain Tool
Bainbridge Island Greenhouse Gas Inventory Process
Jefferson County Greenhouse Gas Inventory Process
Department of Commerce Tips for Inclusion of Climate Action in Comprehensive Plan Update

March 11th Planning Commission Presentation
Jefferson County 20/20 Greenhouse Gas Inventory Process 

Climate Related Reference Documents
Anacortes Climate Related Comprehensive Plan Element
Bainbridge Island Climate Change Advisory Committee Ordinance
Bainbridge Island Climate Impact Assessment
Bellingham Climate Protection Action Plan
Jefferson County Climate Action Plan
Seattle Climate Action Plan

Green House Gas Inventory Guidebook
San Luis Obispo Greenhouse Gas Inventory
American Planning Association Planning Advisory Service Report #565: Assessing Sustainability for Local Governments
American Planning Association Planning Advisory Service Report #596: Planning for Infrastructure Resilience

2013 Federal Climate Action Plan
National Biodefense Science Board (NBSC) Community Health Resilience Report

Climate and Resilience Related Links
ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
FEWsion - Supply Chain Mapping
Department of Ecology Greenhouse Gas Reduction Landing Page
2019 Climate Priorities for Washington State
Municipal Research Service Center (MRSC) Climate Change Page
United Nations Climate Action
Resilience 101
FEMA Community Resilience Indicators
The Universal Ecological Fund - The Economic Case for Climate Action in the United States