Dear San Juan County Neighbors and Friends,
CSA Suggests That You Inventory Your Shoreline Property
San Juan County is updating the Shoreline Master Plan (SMP) regulations. Our attorney, Sandy Mackie, recommends that each property owner complete a dated inventory with pictures of all structures, paths, roads, and historical uses that have taken place on the property, including the beach.
The County has recently posted Version 3 of their Shoreline Inventory and Characterization (“I&C”). Getting permits for construction or remodel, alteration or repair on your property in the future may well be subject to what exists there today. We cannot impress upon you enough how important it may be to be in the future to be able to show what exists there today or what existed in the past and the historical uses that have taken place thereon, i.e., annual beach parties, etc. Future permitting applications will require you to prove “no net loss” of shoreline functions and values, or may require mitigation of any resulting loss. Restoration is not required under the rules of the Shoreline Management Act.
The comments of those property owners who previously submitted descriptions of their property and the uses in response to the 2nd draft of the I&C, have been added to the County’s GIS and mapped. The map and the descriptions will be available shortly.
Using the above link, identify the Series Maps where your property is located (A, B or C) on document “01, Cover Sheet.” The maps associated with your property are located in the “Map Folio” found at the link above in that series.
The County has created a comment form that can be found at the following link. It has two pages and you can upload your information about your property directly to it. While you can upload multiple documents, do not do it multiple times on the same parcel, otherwise the only one that will remain at the end will be the last one sent.
Again, send the County what you would like, but only once for each parcel. Pictures can be uploaded for each parcel at the end of the form. Remember, pictures documenting activities and uses are important.
CSA recommends that anyone who did not previously take advantage of the opportunity to compare the accuracy of the County’s inventory and characterization of your property should take advantage of completing an inventory now. If you would prefer to use Sandy Mackie’s form, you can find it at this link. This form does not upload to the County GIS. CSA’s earlier article with advice to property owners and the Mackie form can be found by clicking on this link
If you are not comfortable in submitting your work to the County, we recommend at the very least, that you complete this inventory for the benefit of future use of your property, date it and keep it in your records. We believe may be invaluable to you and any future owners.
If you have any questions or comments for the County, please contact County Planner Maycock at 360-370-7573 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Written comments can also be submitted to Planner Colin Maycock, PO Box 947, Friday Harbor, WA, 98250.
If you need assistance with this project, CSA can recommend individuals in the County to assist you.
Common Sense Alliance