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<br />Michelle McConnell <br />From:Helen Kolff [] <br />Sent:Friday, May 07, 2010 12:03 PM <br />To:Stewart, Jeff R. (ECY) <br />Subject:I support the updated Jefferson County SMP <br />Categories:LASMP Public Comment <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />I have been interested in shoreline preservation in the state of Washington for nearly 40 <br />years. <br />I believe that citizens and county staff have worked hard to update Jefferson County SMP that <br />meets the community's needs and takes into account the relevant scientific data. Citizen <br />involvement and community outreach was outstanding and the Department of Community <br />Development (DCD) provided multiple opportunities for involvement over a four year period, <br />including several direct mailings to shoreline property owners. As a result, the updated SMP <br />is a well balanced approach to meet needs of both property owners and Puget Sound?s <br />ecosystem. <br /> <br />Specific elements of the updated SMP that I support include: <br />1) 150 foot buffers which were supported by significant testimony at all meetings and <br />hearings, are supported in the current science as a compromise of buffer widths necessary to <br />protect shoreline functions. <br />2) Provides for flexible buffer modification where modifications are appropriate (i.e., where <br />there is no net loss to shoreline functions) <br />3) Clear language and policies make it easier for citizens to understand the SMP <br />4) Clear regulations provides land use consistency and improves property values <br />5) Prohibits commercial net pen farming <br />6) Minimizes the need for shoreline armoring by encouraging non-structural remedies <br /> <br />At this time I urge you to finalize and adopt the locally approved and updated Jefferson <br />County SMP as it is presented to you. <br /> <br />Please do this for the sake of future generations! <br /> <br />Thank you, <br />Helen Kolff <br /> <br /> <br />Helen Kolff <br />510 35th St. <br />Port Towsend, WA 98368 <br />1 <br />