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2019 Comprehensive Plan Amendment 

2019 Comprehensive Plan - Final Document Adopted June 18, 2019

Related Documents:
Planning Commission Staff Report
Appendix A - 2019 Track Changes Document
Appendix B - Clean Copy of Final Recommendation: Comprehensive Plan 
Appendix C - Comprehensive 2019 Recommended Policy Changes
Appendix D - 2018 Track Changes Document
Appendix E - 2019 Policy Change Typology
Appendix F - Chapter Synopses
Appendix G - Planning Commission Review Schedule

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 he 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

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.

Below is a link to the Plan itself. For more information on the Plan or its development, please contact the Planning Division at 360-417-4750 or

Related Documents:
2019 Housing Action Plan (AKA Housing Needs Assessment)

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