Dear San Juan County Friends and Neighbors,
Last Tuesday's election to select a new 3-person County Council is behind us. Both Bob Jarman (San Juan) and Rick Hughes (Orcas) held on to the seats they won in last November's election. Jamie Stephens (Lopez) retains his seat for another 18 months. All of these candidates were elected by a countywide vote.
This election underscored significant differences politically between our island communities. However, it appears that Jarman and Hughes won because their views seem to be more balanced between the environment and the economy and their positions on over-regulation.
Review of Critical Area Ordinances
The Growth Management Hearings Board review on the CAO's is set for June 24, 25 and 26, if needed, in Friday Harbor. CSA and the other petitioners will be filing Prehearing Briefs today, Friday, April 26. Both CSA and the Taggares Company's briefs will be posted to the CSA website once they are filed later today. www.commonsensealliance.net
Shoreline Master Program Update ~ Date Set For Public Hearing May 9 @8:45 am
The following message with links to all of the shoreline documents was produced by SJ County Planner, Colin Maycock:
The first public hearing on the Shoreline Master Program (SMP) update with the Planning Commission is scheduled to begin. The hearing will begin at or after 8:45 a.m., Thursday May 9, 2013, in the County Council Chambers, 55 Second Street, Friday Harbor. Interested parties are encouraged to attend and provide comment. It is expected that the hearing will be streamed on the web. The SMP regulates development and activities in the 200 feet landward of the Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM) and seaward to the county line or Canadian border.
The purpose of the public hearing is to take comments on and consider:
a. The proposed amendments to the goals and policies in Element 3 of the Comprehensive Plan;
b. The proposed amendments SJCC 18.20; 18:50; and 18.80.110; and
c. The proposed amendments to the shoreline designation map.
The following documents are available on the County’s website for your review and consideration:
c. A copy of the proposed amendments to the shoreline designations;
d. A copy of the draft Cumulative Impact Analysis (CIA) of the proposed regulations in which the current regulations are compared to the proposal;
f. A copy of the SEPA checklist and the signed Determination of Nonsignificance.
Comments on the SEPA checklist and Determination of Nonsignificance are due by end of business, May 8, 2013.
g. The comment summary from the ‘Open House’ meetings on March 18,19 and 20. This report consists of multiple files, the first 10 below the ‘Open House’ document are copies of the posters that were present at the meetings. These posters depict provisions of the proposed update and include 3 development scenarios that compare the proposed regulations with the development options of the current regulations. http://www.sanjuanco.com/CDP/docs/SMP/Open_Houses_Comment_Summary-2013-03-26.pdf
State law requires the County to update its SMP (RCW 90.58.080(2)(iv)), and Washington Administrative Code (WAC) chapter 173-26 sets forth the appropriate procedure for carrying out that update.
Beyond meeting State requirements, the Staff approached the SMP update with the goal of retaining the existing regulations where possible, while simplifying and clarifying the development regulations that apply in the shoreline.
To achieve this, staff has reduced redundancies by eliminating or combining sections; by clarifying development requirements; by increasing the consistency in the use of terms; by eliminating unnecessary sections such as specific shoreline districts for Shaw Island and Eastsound however, many of the differences that the subarea shoreline districts are retained.
Written comments for the Planning Commission should be received by 1 pm May 7, 2013, to provide an opportunity for staff to distribute them to the Planning Commission prior to the hearing.
A copy of the third version of the Shoreline Inventory and Characterization Report will be posted within the next few days. An online form will be available for citizens that wish to send the County descriptions of their properties and how they use it. Property descriptions received previously have been combined with the County’s GIS database so that in the future the County will have a record of the level of development on your parcel.
As always, if you have any questions or comments please contact me at 360-370-7573 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Written comments can be sent to Community Development and Planning, PO Box 947, Friday Harbor, 98250.
Common Sense Alliance