It is incumbent on all local government agencies on the Olympic Peninsula to prepare for natural disasters, sea level rise and potential emergencies related to climate change. In 2015 representatives of the City of Port Angeles participated in a regional effort to consider climate change impacts on the Northern Olympic Peninsula.
In 2016, with input from OCA and dozens of jurisdictions, agencies, businesses and residents across the Northern Olympic Peninsula, the City adopted a new Comprehensive Plan that includes 18 new policies around climate change and adaptation to sea level rise. Areas of the new policies include climatic impact on land use, conservation, capital facilities, and economic development.
The City appreciates the benefits of using the Comprehensive Plan in attracting businesses.
On January 17, 2017 the resolution (#02-17) was finalized after OCA appealed to the City Council for action following up on the climate adaptation plan. The City affirms its dedication to planning for climate change and for the needs of our community as we face these changes. Its planning will be founded on the Comprehensive Plan. The City will support a regional, co-operative approach and it directs City staff to ensure that new development, both public and private, take into account and proactively mitigate changing environmental effects.