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Port Ludlow Drainage District (pldd)

The Port Ludlow Drainage District (PLDD) is a Jefferson County Special Purpose District that is tasked with resolving storm water drainage problems on common property within the North Bay area of Port Ludlow on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. The PLDD mission is to alleviate storm water conveyance problems on community property, such as the Ludlow Maintenance Commission greenbelts. There have been 18 Capital Improvement Projects undertaken and completed by PLDD that have contributed to the improvement of storm water flow within North Bay of Port Ludlow. These improvements have addressed community safety, preservation of property and water quality for the benefit of residents.

Maintenance of these project infrastructures is the ongoing responsibility and has become the main focus of PLDD. The District contracts with a professional maintenance crew which works year-round to ensure that the conveyance facilities are functioning as designed even in the rainiest of conditions.

The district is governed by a three-member board of commissioners which is elected by owner(s) of land located in the District who are qualified voters of the District.

photo courtesy Katie Smith

This phase of the Oak Bay Road Conveyance System Repair Project was completed in 2004, and was functioning well on December 15, 2015, 11.5 years later, during what has been described as 'torrential' rain.

Announcements / News

By Proclamation 20-28 from Governor Inslee dated March 24, 2020, waiving and suspending the portions of OPMA RCW 42.30 that require in-person meetings in order to avoid public gathering, PLDD April 9, 2020, 10 AM meeting will be conducted telephonically only.

Summary of Proclamation 20-28. This proclamation temporarily prohibits in-person contacts with the public that are required by the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) (RCW 42.30) and the Public Records Act (PRA) (RCW 42.56), suspending some statutory language that would require such contacts. This proclamation also temporarily suspends the PRA’s requirements for agencies to respond to PRA requests for public records within five business days from receipt, and to maintain business hours for public inspection and copying of records for a minimum of 30 hours per week. It is effective from March 24, 2020 until midnight, April 23, 2020, unless extended beyond that date. Please read the proclamation for details and to see the list of citations to the specific OPMA and PRA statutes or portions of statutes that are temporarily suspended.

Port Ludlow Drainage District (PLDD) is Moving to a New Meeting Schedule

The PLDD Board of Commissioners has approved a Resolution to hold its Regular Meetings on a quarterly schedule. These meetings will be held the second Thursday of the first month of each quarter – January, April, July, and October – at 10 AM at the Port Ludlow Fire Hall.

The work of the PLDD will continue uninterrupted. Maintenance and engineering services provided to the district will not be affected by the change to the meeting schedule. And any landowner within the district will continue to have direct access to the Commissioners with any questions or concerns.

This change was made because after many years of operation the PLDD has moved from developing new drainage infrastructure to maintenance efforts. The workload for the Board of Commissioners no longer requires meeting on a monthly basis. There are many meetings where no drainage issues come before the board and the issues that do arise can be dealt with most efficiently by an email to PLDD Chairman Don Forbes at The public is encouraged to attend the quarterly Regular Meetings where all drainage issues that arose between meetings will be discussed in detail.

To fulfill the Commissions’ obligation of paying contractor invoices in a timely manner, the new Board Resolution also allows for eight Special Meetings during the year where the only agenda items are the approval of invoice vouchers to be sent to the County Treasurer and minutes of meetings prior to being posted on the PLDD website. These Special Meeting will be conducted on a conference call and are open to the public. ANYONE CAN JOIN THE CONFERENCE CALL TO LISTEN TO THE COMMISSIONERS VOTE ON INVOICES AND MINUTES. To listen in on the conference, you simply dial a telephone number and enter an access code when prompted. The phone number and access code along with the date and time for the Special Meetings are listed on the homepage of the website The minutes from the Special Meetings will be posted on the District website.

The 2020 Quarterly Regular Meetings of the PLDD Board of Commissioners will be held on April 9, July 9, and October 8. These meetings start at 10 AM and are held at the Port Ludlow Fire Hall, 7650 Oak Bay Road, Port Ludlow.


Port Ludlow Drainage District Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants interested in being appointed to serve a six year term as Commissioner. Anyone interested in a position on the PLDD Board should send a letter listing personal skill sets that would benefit the purpose and duty of the District to PLDD, PO Box 65621, Port Ludlow, WA 98365 or email to by February 10, 2020.

Candidates must own property within the Port Ludlow Drainage District and be a registered voter in the State of Washington.


Port Ludlow Drainage District 2021 operating budget, Resolution 2020-05, was ratified at Special Meeting #0268, held November 12, 2020. The 2021 assessment was set at $60,000. This is a reduction of $20,000 from the 2020 assessment.


Looking for something else?

Looking for Minutes & Agenda or Resolutions?  Open the Records Menu.

Also, look under About PLDD. You'll find the Assessment System there.

Want to get on the Small Works Roster? Download Application - you can also get an application on the Documents & Forms page.

If you are looking for information on how to make a Public Records Request, you'll also find that on the Documents & Forms page. Resolution & Form.

Founding documents and Comprehensive Plan are under History.

See Projects for information on district activity and for project-specific documents & photos.

Port Ludlow Drainage District
P.O. Box 65261
Port Ludlow WA 98365