We all know that Port Ludlow was originally a logging town. In the 1960s a lumber company developer, Pope and Talbot, had the vision and funding to turn the area into a premier retirement area and destination resort. This paper describes, in bullet format, the relatively recent history of Port Ludlow. The achievements that have created the quality community that we experience now have been the result of residents and developers working together. This paper is intended to educate residents and perhaps to get them to become more involved in the community.
·1967: Pope and Talbot drew up a plan for a Port Ludlow village of 6,000 dwelling units. The North Bay area was the first to be developed. The Beach Club and Harbormaster restaurant were built in the late 1960s.
·1968: The Ludlow Maintenance Commission (LMC) was incorporated. LMC now consists of individual lots and homes, four condominiums sections and the Ludlow Bay Village town homes.
·1975: An eighteen-hole golf course was built in South Bay with a few homes and condominiums scattered along the fairways.
·1987: The developer produced a revised Development Plan which shifted the focus from a town concept to one aimed at retirees, and the scale of the project was reduced by two thirds.
·1987-1989: The commercial center was expanded and another nine holes was added to the golf course. The developer shifted residential building focus to the South Bay area with single family homes and condominiums.
·1989: Bay Club was built for the convenience of South Bay residents. The South Bay Community Association (SBCA) was incorporated and South Bay Master Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs) were recorded. Fourteen South Bay Villages including two condominiums villages have since been incorporated.
·1992: The Port Ludlow 750-acre planned residential community was chosen the, "Best Residential Community for active adults in the United States" by the National Association of Home Builders.
·1993: Jefferson County Commissioners approved a Port Ludlow Environmental Impact Statement which included a 37 room Inn adjacent to the existing Resort (Admiralty 1 & 2 Condominiums and conference center)
·1998: The Port Ludlow Voice, a monthly village newsletter, started publication.
·1999: The Port Ludlow Village Council (PLVC) was formed and incorporated. Their mission was to become the liaison between all of the community interest groups and to provide a legally-recognized entity to deal with State and County governments, and the developer with regards to community-wide problems.
·1999: A Port Ludlow zoning ordinance (Master Planned Resort) was adopted by Jefferson County. An upper limit on residential dwelling units (2250 units) and definitions of various zoning districts were defined. These included single and multi-family zones; a resort complex and community facilities zone; a village commercial center zone and a recreational and open space reserve zones.
·2000: Based on community input and in concert with the development agreement, the developer created a Master Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs) for the Master Planned Resort. Language in this development agreement stated that it is to be in force for the next twenty years until 2020.
·2000: North Bay property Owners voted to establish a Drainage District to handle runoff and drainage problems.
·2001: Port Ludlow Associates (PLA), owned by HCV Pacific partners, LLC purchased the Resort and become the developer. They organized themselves into three divisions, Resort (Hotel, Golf and Marina), Real Estate and Olympic Water and Sewer, Inc.
·2002: A new fire hall is completed.
·2004: The developer introduces the concept of Trendwest, a vacation ownership program. Community and County studies commence.
·2005: The South Bay Community Association members voted to annex Olympic Terrace-II into the Association.
Keep current about what is happening in Port Ludlow. Visit the community wide web site, http://www.plvc.org. There are links to LMC, SBCA and many villages, organizations and event websites.