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8/5 Peninsula Daily News -Shoreline program updates OK’d—By Jeff Chew-Peninsula Daily News

PORT TOWNSEND — After months of review and revision, Jefferson County commissioners accepted the county Planning Commission’s proposed recommendations for updating the county Shoreline Master Program.

“We struggled one way or another,” Planning Commission Chairman Peter Downey told the county commissioners Monday before the commissioners set a 6 p.m. Sept. 8 public hearing on the latest draft.

The hearing will be in the Superior Courtroom on the fourth floor of the county courthouse, 1820 Jefferson St., Port Townsend.

Downey added that the planning panel’s volunteer members changed their votes back and forth on difficult and complex issues, including shoreline buffers.

…The Planning Commission reduced the marine shore standard buffer to 50 feet along shoreline residential and high-intensity shoreline growth designations.

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