Dear San Juan County Neighbors and Friends,
After taking some time to enjoy the holidays, our CSA team is back to work and looking forward to the challenges ahead.
First, the County Council adopted the Critical Area Ordinances [Ordinance 26 through 29-2012] on December 3, 2012. Regulations contained therein will become effective on March 1, 2013. See more details in the December 20, 2012 CSA Newsletter “Council Passes CAO with a 5-1 Vote."
Second, the 60-day period within which any appeals of the Critical Areas Ordinances (“CAO)”) may be filed with the Growth Management Hearings Board (“HB”) has been running since the legal notice was published on December 13. While it may seem that we lost the battle with the signing of the CAO on December 3, we are extremely pleased that our persistence in building a record, submitting logical arguments and reciting the law to the County Council brought about significant changes to the County’s original draft of June 2009 and places us now in a good position for any challenge.
In keeping with the Common Sense Alliance goals and objectives of the past three years, we are a logical party to take this matter to the next level. Consequently, the CSA Board, along with Sandy Mackie, our Perkins Coie land use attorney, is carefully evaluating what action, Common Sense Alliance should take, if any, before the Hearings Board.
Challenging the newly passed Critical Areas Ordinance at the Hearings Board will require a significant effort and substantial financial resource in the coming year. Although there is no guarantee as to the outcome, your contribution now and a pledge for later in the year will support our continuing campaign to institute regulations which balance the environment, with our economy and the use of our precious property.
Third, all the while, the Shoreline Management Plan update for SJ County is also moving forward. We anticipate this process will begin again in earnest to meet the June 2013 deadline posted by the County. Watch for more news on this.
Please assist us in taking the next step by contributing to: Common Sense Alliance, at the address below, or use our PAYPAL account, also noted below and on our website. If you have any questions please call Dave Cable at 425-444-0041 or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We make this effort on behalf of all of us who enjoy the use of our land, value our community and our environment.
Again, we sincerely thank you for your support!
Common Sense Alliance
P.S. Remember, there is a difference between "Buffers" and "Building Set Backs."
P.P.S. The Trojan Heron contains some astonishing news.