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<br />Michelle McConnell <br />From:Karl Jacobsen [mebachiefengineer@gmail.com] <br />Sent:Tuesday, May 11, 2010 9:14 AM <br />To:Stewart, Jeff R. (ECY) <br />Subject:Jefferson County SMP <br />Categories:LASMP Public Comment <br />Mr. Stewart; <br /> <br />I'm making the following comments on the Jefferson County S.M.P. <br /> <br />1. I believe that the setback requirement from shorelines to be excessive. The science quoted in this document is <br />not accurate, nor relevant to our specific area. Take a look at the shorelines of Jefferson County, <br /> they are some of the best kept & pristine shorelines in Washington State. <br /> <br />2. The shoreline property owners have invested vast amounts of their personal funds to purchase these <br />properties to build their homes on or to hold for future use. We property owners want to and do take proper <br /> care of our shorelines. I personally have spent many thousands of dollars to go above and beyond the <br />building & sewage requirements on my waterfront properties just so that the quality of the shorelines at <br /> my properties is protected and well cared for. <br /> <br />3. The owners of existing shoreline homes have the right to maintain and / or modify their properties within the <br />current regulations. The proposed new S.M.P. will greatly restrict our rights to use our shoreline <br /> properties and will lower the value of our shoreline properties. The resulting lower value of our shoreline <br />properties could be financially devastating to some of the property owners who have saved for many <br /> years to be able to purchase these shoreline properties. The lower value of the shoreline properties will shift <br />the tax burden to the non-shoreline property owners who are already struggling under an <br /> oppressive property tax. <br /> <br />4. I urge you to reconsider the setback and development portions of the Jefferson County Shoreline <br />Management Program. <br /> <br />Sincerely <br /> <br />Karl Jacobsen <br />4250 S. Discovery Rd. <br />Port Townsend, WA. 98368 <br />1 <br />