Sent: Thursday, July 08, 2010 7:41 AM
Subject: Re: FW: State review continues

Ken and All,
The County and DOE are way behind the timeline prescribed in RCW 90.58.090. Are Jefferson County and DOE accountable to the law the same as citizens? Or is it "do as we say and not as we do?" It says nothing in 90.58.090(c) & (d) about taking extra time if there happens to be 300 + comment letters. Why is it the government can change the rules to suit itself while citizens are held to hard and fast compliance?
Happy Summer,
Jim H.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2010 10:41 PM
Subject: Re: FW: State review continues

"1.       The County is currently working to provide Ecology some feedback on the issues raised by the 300+ comment letters received during the state-wide public comment period. "

OK, why was the comment period state wide ??? Oh, I know, everyone on the planet has an interest in MY PROPERTY !

Why can our 'County' (who else but - Michelle?) provide DOE with 'some feedback' after the comment period ended ??

The County is US, WE THE PEOPLE - not Michelle. We have spoken and she has no right to clarify or 'feedback' - ANYTHING. (we should demand copies of everything she fed back)

This is especially true because she is paid from a state DOE grant - a very incestuous situation !!   Why is a defacto state employee representing the property owners of Jefferson County who pay the property taxes and who are being hurt by this SMP ?? (essentially DOE represents the county in DOE decision making)

As far as I am concerned Michelle's actions reopen the comment process and roll back the timeline, otherwise we are denied equal protection as guaranteed by the 14th amendment! Our comments have not been protected from her SPIN !


On Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 2:48 PM, Norman MacLeod  wrote:



From: Michelle McConnell []
Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2010 4:15 PM
To: Michelle McConnell
Subject: SMP: State review continues


Greetings & Happy Summer Interested Parties!



The State’s review of our Locally Approved SMP (LA-SMP) continues with WA Department of Ecology: 

1.       The County is currently working to provide Ecology some feedback on the issues raised by the 300+ comment letters received during the state-wide public comment period. 

2.       After our Response to Comments is submitted to Ecology (within the next month or so), Ecology will prepare their Findings and Conclusions along with their decision to A) approve; B) approve with required changes; or C) deny the SMP.  If changes are required, some dialogue may be required to find complete agreement between the State and the County.

3.       After Ecology approval, the final step is for the Board of County Commissioners to adopt the new SMP by ordinance as new components of the Comprehensive Plan and Unified Development Code.


So while the process is moving forward, we still have a few months to go before final adoption and the new SMP takes effect.  Stay tuned… this email list will continue to receive project updates.



You may have seen the recent articles in last week’s Leader newspaper – a few points of clarification are needed:

·         Buffers & Setbacks – While it may seem a finer point, there is a difference between the terms buffers and setbacks as proposed by the LA-SMP.  The 150-foot distance proposed is a standard shoreline buffer for stream/river and marine shorelines that fall under SMP jurisdiction.  There are separate 5-foot side-yard and 10-foot building setbacks proposed as well.  Far from a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach, the LA-SMP also proposes 6 options to adjust the standard shoreline buffer when specific situations arise.


The current SMP has only requires setbacks:  30 to 100-feet for residential and a minimum of 15-feet for commercial and urban development.  The County’s Critical Areas Ordinance has included a 150-foot buffer for fish & wildlife habitat conservation areas since early-2008, and has successfully withstood legal challenge.  The City of Port Townsend SMP requires buffers that range from 50 to 200-feet.  Other jurisdictions around Puget Sound also have 150-foot buffers in place (e.g. Whatcom County).


·         SMP jurisdiction – Not all shoreline areas in the county meet the statutory definition for ‘Shoreline of the State’.  The SMP will apply to all shorelines that meet the criteria for SMP jurisdiction.  Lakes less than 20 acres in size, rivers/streams with less than 20 cubic feet per second mean annual flow, and lands under federal or tribal ownership do not qualify.



Thanks for your continued interest,



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Michelle McConnell, Associate Planner - LRP Lead


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