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STATE OF WASHINGTON <br />JEFFERSON COUNTY <br />JEFFERSON COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH <br />A JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF } <br />COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND THE } RESOLUTION NO. 17-19 <br />JEFFERSON COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH } <br />ESTABLISHING A REGULATORY REFORM } <br />PROGRAM FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY } <br />The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners and the Jefferson County Board of Health <br />are adopting a Joint Resolution to establish a Regulatory Reform Program for the County, <br />including directing the Department of Community Development and the Environmental Public <br />Health Division to propose a work program and schedule by July 1, 2019 for carrying out <br />regulatory reform within each of their programs. <br />In passing this Joint Resolution, we recognize the following prior work, current <br />conditions and future opportunities that set the stage for regulatory reform: <br />1. Jefferson County adopted an updated Comprehensive Plan on December 10, 2018, <br />consistent with Washington's Growth Management Act, that outlines a vision, and goals <br />and policies, that help define, direct and guide future growth and development throughout <br />the county through the year 2038, emphasizing economic development, affordable housing <br />and residential development, while protecting the environmental quality of unincorporated <br />areas. <br />2. The Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan recognizes the importance of regulatory reform <br />for economic development, affordable housing, residential development, and <br />environmental protection and adaptation to climate change through its goals, policies, <br />action plans, and supporting narrative, such as Framework Goal III Enhancement of the <br />Rural Economy, Framework Goal IV Housing Variety and Affordability, and goals LU -G-14 <br />and ED -G-8 advocating for responsive, fair, and efficient permit processing. <br />3. Over time, Jefferson County's development and environmental health regulations and <br />procedures have evolved incrementally. A program of regulatory reform can reduce the <br />inadvertent complexity, inconsistencies and unpredictable permitting paths that exist <br />today, while continuing to protect public health and the environment, assist the County in <br />adapting to climate change, and make it easier, less time consuming and cheaper for <br />applicants to comply and for County staff to administer. <br />Page 1 of 5 <br />