Dear San Juan County Neighbors and Friends,
Ever wonder why San Juan County has been updating the Critical Area Ordinance since 2005? Did the Council receive good advice from the San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney? Common Sense Alliance (CSA) believes they did not.
These and many other issues culminated recently in three grueling days of testimony before the Growth Board. The Growth Management Hearings Board (GMHB) Commissioners from Whatcom, Thurston and Yakima Counties spent three days last week in Friday Harbor listening to The Friends of the San Juans, Common Sense Alliance, the San Juan Builders Association and Wm. H. Wright explain to them why the County Council got it wrong when they adopted the new Critical Areas Ordinances last December.
Not so surprisingly, the Friends said the County’s new ordinances are not stringent enough and that buffers should be from 500 to 1,000 feet from a critical area.
CSA argued in detail that the County did not follow the law and failed to properly classify and designate critical areas. The result of the creation of a fatally flawed ordinance is the failure of the county to protect the environment. An illegal and unenforceable law is protective of nothing, argued CSA’s attorney Sandy Mackie.
In a separate but related win for property owners, the US Supreme Court decision in the Koontz case was published during the Growth Board Hearings and, is a reaffirmation of the principle that there must be a direct correlation between any activity on site and the corresponding mitigation (restriction on property use) required.
Bottom line: CSA is enthusiastic about its participation in these Hearings and believe that the record is clear and complete in the event further action by CSA is necessary.
If you are among those who believe we need to continue to fight the property rights battle through the courts, then now is the time to support the work of CSA. Donations are tax deductible and can be made by mail to CSA, PO Box 1249, Friday Harbor 98250 or via the PayPal "Donate" button below.
Please spread this news to your San Juan County Neighbors and Friends.
Links You May be Interested in:
, US Supreme Court decision on July 25, 2013
Common Sense Alliance