Dear Reagan, Kathy, Pete and Jane:
King County Council
Seattle, WA
 
Re: Seattle Times article below:
 
Once again, the county executive takes aim at the rural landowner and the developer with more restrictive regulations and ordinances for a so-called man-made crisis that hasn't even been settled that man is the cause.  This is on top of some of the most restrictive development (green)laws in the entire United States.  Are you four Republicans going to oppose this unmitigated crap coming out of the county executive, or are you going to roll over and play dead?  When is enough, enough?  When will you rise up and start making a real noise against this unconstitutional taking of private property and restrictions that add $200,000 to the price of a home and allow only the rich to own single-family, detached homes?  When will Republicans of principle, stand up for the constitutional principles that they espouse?  If you truly do represent Republican and Constitutional principles, then show it by making a "scene" over this stupid injustice and insane regulations that this dictator of King County is imposing on the rural people, developers, builders and buyers of homes in this region.  What price "green"?  How much do we have to pay and freedoms do we have give up for Ron Sims' draconian, unsubstantiated, environmental laws?
 
If you care about these principles, then for God's sake, do something, instead of protecting your $100,000 plus annual salary.  You are in a position to rally the people and bring this Sims' nightmare to a halt.  If you don't, then how do you justify your salary?  If you do nothing, you will just be aiding and abetting the slide of King County and Western Washington into a slowly declining commercial and economic engine of the region.  Businesses will leave, Boeing already did.  Small businesses will go out of business or leave and they are source of much of our job growth.   People will leave the area for regions that haven't morphed into abject socialism and "green" extremes.  I know many folks who are contemplating getting out of this GD County, even if they have to take a loss.
 
What are you going to do to stop this mad man from destroying the lives and property rights of the people of King County?
 
And what happened to our request from last summer to look into why rural King County property owners have to pay for fish and habitat culverts through the road levy tax, when the mandate for these expensive culverts comes from the state?

Preston and Rod:  This would be a good issue for CAPR to take up.  It's great to help the rural landowner on a case-by-case basis, but what about attacking the cause, instead of the symptom?
 
 
 
 

Ron Ewart, President

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RURAL LANDOWNERS

P. O. Box 1031, Issaquah, WA  98027

425 222-4742 or 1 800 682-7848

(Fax No. 425 222-4743)

Website: www.narlo.org


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Thursday, February 28, 2008 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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King County executive wants greener development

Seattle Times staff reporter

Comprehensive Plan

For more information about King County Executive Ron Sims' proposed 2008 Comprehensive Plan, and the complete text, see www.metrokc.gov/permits/codes/CompPlan/

King County Executive Ron Sims plans to introduce legislation that would allow the county to reject or modify development projects because of their effect on global warming.

If the proposal is passed by the Metropolitan King County Council, county land-use officials believe King County would be the first jurisdiction in the nation to take that step.

Sims, who has made climate change a top issue during his third term, said Wednesday he will introduce legislation in May that would consider greenhouse-gas emissions as part of the environmental-review process.

King County already requires developers to answer questions about their projects' likely effects on climate, but approval of the projects doesn't depend on those answers.

Sims said ordinances implementing his proposed 2008 Comprehensive Plan also would offer "carbon credits" to developers who transfer their rural development rights to urban areas.

Because that would reduce sprawl and thus climate-altering carbon emissions such a transfer could offset a project's emissions that otherwise could jeopardize county approval, he said.

The details still are being worked out, Sims said: "We want to make sure it's market-defensible, it's legally defensible and it's based on the science."

He called his proposed carbon credits "a cap-and-trade scheme at a local level" that mirrors newly created national and international markets that trade carbon credits.

Sims unveiled his proposed comprehensive land-use plan, which is updated every four years.

The plan seeks to reduce the number of homes that can be built in rural areas by one-fourth by encouraging the market-based transfer of development rights to urban areas.

Developers would be required to obtain development rights under some circumstances and would be given greater bonuses in other cases for obtaining them.

Keith Ervin: 206-464-2105 or kervin@seattletimes.com

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