[Editor's note: The Tri-Area Community Development Plan was written in 1982 nearly 35 years ago. Read about the rate of growth and development then, the growth struggles that the people of the Tri-Area faced, and then compare it to now nearly four decades later and see how similar the current times are.]
(TRI-AREA TIMES) The Tri-Area of Jefferson County, including the semi-rural communities of Hadlock, Irondale, and Chimacum, is an area of unique qualities. It is located on the Quimper Peninsula near to the county's major population center, Port Townsend. The Tri-Area's topographic characteristics (varying from the beaches and cliffs along the bay to the inland valleys and ridges), its abundant natural resources (including forest and marine resources), its astounding beauty and tranquility, and the enthusiasm of those sturdy individuals and families who settled in the Tri-Area to maintain a chosen lifestyle have all contributed to the area's desirability as a community.
The communities of Hadlock, Irondale, and Chimacum have a colorful history of economic prosperity and decline. Enthusiastic business ventures brought many individuals and families to the area; however, during times of economic decline, many migrated away. Throughout the years the Tri-Area has primarily maintained a rural character. It is apparent, however, that as the population continues to grow and development pressures increase, the beauty and charm of the area may be lost to uncontrolled growth.
An uncharted course for the Tri-Area's growth and development could jeopardize the lifestyle that many have come to enjoy. Recognizing this, the citizens of the Tri-Area communities of Hadlock, Irondale, and Chimacum asked the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners to assist with a planning program to address future growth and development of the area. This community development plan is a product of that program. It serves as a written expression of the thoughts of the people of the Tri-Area about the future of the area and their lifestyles.
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