About the Project

Where is the Belfair Urban Growth Area (UGA)?

The UGA is roughly four square miles in northern Mason County. While the UGA’s population is small, the area is a commercial hub for a much larger population living in nearby communities.

Why is the County updating Belfair’s Subarea Plan?

The County recently received a grant to develop a sewer system and a new freight corridor, or “bypass,” is pending. We expect these investments to contribute to rapid growth in Belfair. In addition to updating the 2004 Belfair UGA Plan, we’re developing a Planned Action Environmental Impact Statement and ordinance for the Belfair UGA to facilitate growth reflective of a community-supported vision.

What is an Urban Growth Area (UGA)?

Planning for UGAs is an important tool provided by the Growth Management Act (GMA) for deciding where future urban growth should be encouraged, where the extent of that growth should be located, and how the financial and environmental responsibilities that come with growth, will be met. UGAs are areas where growth and higher densities are expected and that can be supported by urban services. By directing growth into urban areas, counties and cities can also protect critical areas, conserve their natural resource lands—such as farms and forests—and maintain the rural character of their rural lands.


Public Hearing

The Planning Advisory Commission hosted an online public hearing on the Draft Planned Action Ordinance, Draft Subarea Plan Update, and associated amendments to the Mason County Comprehensive Plan and Belfair zoning regulations on May 17, 2021 at 6:00 pm. The Planning Advisory Commission will deliberate their recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners after hearing staff recommendation and summary of written comments at a Special Meeting on June 7, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

See below for instructions for virtually attending the meeting.

Review the Draft EIS, Draft Planned Action, and Draft Subarea Plan

The Draft EIS reviews a range of alternatives for the future of Belfair’s UGA. The “No Action” alternative reflects current growth targets, Alternative 2 is similar to the existing development capacity in the UGA, and Alternative 3 reflects a higher growth scenario that would add residential, mixed use, and industrial park development to the UGA. The DEIS evaluates the alternatives with the following environmental topics: natural environment (earth, water resources, plants and animals), land use, cultural resources, aesthetics, public services (police, fire, parks, schools), and utilities (water, wastewater, stormwater, power). The DEIS outlines mitigation measures that would apply to future planned action development.

The Draft EIS document is available for download below:

A printed copy may be reviewed at Mason County Community Services, 615 W Alder Street, Shelton WA 98584 offices between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Please note we are closed for lunch between noon and 1:00 p.m.

A printed copy may be requested at cost planning@masoncountywa.gov. A printed copy is also available for review at the North Mason Timberland Library; see https://www.trl.org/locations/north-mason for hours and requirements to meet COVID-19 pandemic conditions.


Agencies, affected tribes, and members of the public are invited to comment on the DEIS.

Provide your written comments by 5 pm, June 7, 2021.

Send to Contact:
Kell Rowen, Community Development Administrator
Mason County Community Services
615 W Alder Street
Shelton WA 98584
(360) 427-9670 ext. 286
planning@masoncountywa.gov


Learn More

This County website will serve as a resource for basic information about the project, including project timeline, ongoing public notices, and future document publication.


Timeline

  • Scoping Period: November 12 – December 3, 2020
  • Draft Subarea Plan and Draft EIS: April 2021
  • Final Subarea Plan and Final EIS: Summer 2021

Vicinity Map

Belfair EIS Vicinity Map