Office of the Hearing Examiner

September 27, 2022 Update on Pomona Woods Public Hearing

At 3:38 PM, September 27, the Hearing Examiner adjourned ("closed") the Pomona Woods Public Hearing. The scheduled third day of the Public Hearing (Thursday, September 29th) is therefore no longer reserved for meeting. The Hearing Examiner is in the process of preparing written findings and conclusions. Notice of final decision will be provided per Jefferson County Code 18.40.300. Please direct any public comments or questions to Amanda Hunt.

July 18, 2022 Update on Pomona Woods Public Hearing 

By Order of the Hearing Examiner, the public hearing for Pomona Woods LLC's Conditional Use Permit Application has been continued. The hearing will reconvene on September 26, with sessions on September 27 and September 29. Updated exhibits and materials are available here.

Hearing Examiner

Jefferson County utilizes a Hearing Examiner system for quasi-judicial decisions. The Hearing Examiner is appointed by the County Commissioners and charged with the responsibility of conducting public hearings, preparing the official record thereof, preparing findings of fact and conclusions of law and issuing final decisions for certain land use and non-land use quasi-judicial decisions.


The hearing examiner’s primary responsibility is to provide a fair, impartial, and independent fact-finding and decision-making service within county government. The hearing examiner has jurisdiction over a wide range of subject matter, including many types of land use applications and appeals, such as:

  • Type III Land-use decision
  • Type II Land-use appeals
  • Appeals of administrative interpretations
  • Appeals of SEPA determination
  • Administrative appeals under Chapter 8.90 JCC (Public Nuisances)
  • Shoreline management cases- variances, substantial development permits 
  • Subdivision- long plats 
  • Planned residential developments 
  • Type III Conditional use permits
  • Code Compliance appeals

The Examiner stands as an impartial body to which information is presented. The procedures governing hearings before the Hearing Examiner are set forth in the Hearing Examiner Code, Chapter 2.30 Jefferson County Code and Hearing Examiner Rules of Procedure.

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Hearing Locations Jefferson County Courthouse,
First Floor Conf. Room, 1820 Jefferson Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368 
Additional Information (360) 379-4450