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G�SON C JEFFERSON COUNTY <br />DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT <br />621 Sheridan Street I Port Townsend, WA 98368 <br />360-379-4450 1 email: <br /> <br />Date: September 9, 2019 <br />Issued by: Patty Charnas, Director, Unified Development Code Administrator <br />Affected: All properties within Unincorporated Jefferson County, Washington <br />Subject: Unified Development Code Interpretation Re: ZON19-00032 — Jefferson County Code <br />18.35.040(4) Subdivision Exemption for Public Right of Way <br />CqLuestions Presented: <br />Question #1: The requestor wishes to segregate a portion of Jefferson County Parcel 821-343-002 <br />(Parcel), zoned Rural Residential 1 dwelling unit to 5 acres (RR 1:5). The Parcel is bisected by State Route <br />(SR)104. Approximately 0.40 acres is south of SR 104 and the remaining approximately 5.57 acres is north <br />of SR 104. Although, the parcel lacks the required 10-acre minimum acreage to subdivide in a RR 1:5 zone, <br />the requester argues that the code interpretation should utilize land division exemptions to divide land <br />relating to the acquisition of a fee simple interest in land by public agencies, including, but not limited to, <br />divisions made for a public right-of-way conveyance under Jefferson County Code (JCC) 18.35.040(4). <br />The requestor's justification is that the parcel would have legal lot status as it was bisected by a public <br />right-of-way conveyance of SR 104 on May 11, 1959 and the conveyance was executed before Jefferson <br />County had any regulations on land divisions. The requestor also presented an example rule from <br />Snohomish County which outlines requirements to be met in obtaining legal lot status for properties <br />separated by a public right-of-way. <br />Question #2: If the requestor is able to create two separate lots, the requestor seeks clarification on <br />whether they are able to reconfigure the lot lines to create two buildable lots. Specifically, the requestor <br />seeks clarification on whether they may relocate the northern property line of the newly segregated 0.40- <br />acre portion to the north of SR 104, increasing the size of the southern portion while decreasing the size <br />of the norther portion of the Parcel. <br />1 <br />