Sims Way Stakeholder Group Meetings

The principal purposes of the Sims Way Stakeholder Group meetings are to allow the stakeholder committee, agency staff, and the design consultant to communicate with each other, answer questions, and get the stakeholder’s opinions, and share information regarding the Sims Gateway and Boat Yard Expansion project. Meetings are held in hybrid format, in-person and over Goto Meeting. All meetings are recorded and available on the City’s website. While the meetings can be viewed live online, public comment will not be taken during the meeting. Opportunities for general public comment is are provided at the Parks Recreation Tree Trail Advisory Board (PRTTAB) meetings. Those wishing to provide public comment on the stakeholder meeting process can do so via email to All written comment will be provided to the stakeholder committee, PRTTAB, and the City, Port, and PUD elected officials. Recorded Meetings can be viewed anytime online at:

Stakeholder Group Members:

The City of Port Townsend has formally approved a stakeholder process in which local residents with expertise and interest will review various aspects of the project. The residents have experience in various areas, including engineering, landscaping, multimodal mobility and marine trades. Members of this group include:

  • Jennifer Rotermund of the city’s Parks, Recreation, Tree, and Trail Advisory Board
  • Ron Sikes of the Admiralty Audubon Society
  • Arlene Alen of the Chamber of Jefferson County
  • Local residents Forest Shomer, Dan Burden, Russell Hill, Joni Blanchard, and Steve Mader.

Project Partner Representatives:

  • Steve King, City of PT Public Works Director
  • Matt Klontz,  Port Capital Project Director
  • Will O’Donnell, PUD Broadband and Communications Director

About the Sims Way Project:

Objectives/Desired Outcome(s):

The project is intended to leverage economic health of Boat Haven and the maritime industry, safety and reliability associated with power infrastructure, and environmental stewardship to better the community for the long term consistent with the City’s Comprehensive PlanGateway Development Plan and the 1986 Landscape Plan for Kah Tai.

Project Goals

  • Positive economic impact for the Port (job creation)
  • Elimination of public safety issue (tree hazards)
  • Enhanced accessibility to the boatyard
  • Improved reliability of power infrastructure
  • Replacement of Lombardy poplars, an emerging and eventual need for the City
  • Environmental stewardship of Kah Tai Lagoon and support for growth of plantings of native species that has already occurred as recommended in the 1986 Landscape Plan
  • Reduced water needs and include climate change considerations
  • Improved bio-diversity and create an aesthetically pleasing gateway

Project Costs

The funded project budget is $2,000,000 Total Project Cost including in-kind resources.

  • Jefferson County PUD: $700,000 for tree removal, undergrounding power lines and installing a walking path
  • Port of Port Townsend: $900,000 for expansion of the boatyard
  • City of Port Townsend: $370,000 total for replanting the Boat Haven side of Sims Way (estimated $170,000) and for Lombardy poplar tree removal on the Kah Tai Lagoon side (estimated $200,000)

A successful Jefferson County Public Infrastructure Funding grant for $1,000,000, is restricted to use for economic development in Jefferson County, and helps to offset half the total project cost.

Previous and Upcoming Project Meetings:



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