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<br />Michelle McConnell <br />From:R Bruce Olsen [] <br />Sent:Tuesday, May 11, 2010 8:12 AM <br />To:Stewart, Jeff R. (ECY) <br />Cc:k.m.wood wood <br />Subject:SMA <br />Categories:LASMP Public Comment <br />Dear Sir; <br /> <br />The following are the rules regarding public comment and disclosure. I just found out about the SMA in <br />Jefferson County just recently and was never notified in any way. Publishing it in the newspaper or however the <br />County decided to inform the public before taking our rights away was not acceptable. <br /> <br />Participation requirements. <br /> (i) Local government shall comply with the provisions of RCW 90.58.130 which <br />states: <br /> <br /> "To insure that all persons and entities having an interest in the guidelines and master programs developed <br />under this chapter are provided with a full opportunity for involvement in both their development and <br />implementation, the department and local governments shall: <br /> <br /> (1) Make reasonable efforts to inform the people of the state about the shoreline management program of <br />this chapter and in the performance of the responsibilities provided in this chapter, shall not only invite but <br />actively encourage participation by all persons and private groups and entities showing an interest in shoreline <br />management programs of this chapter; and <br /> <br /> (2) Invite and encourage participation by all agencies of federal, state, and local government, including <br />municipal and public corporations, having interests or responsibilities relating to the shorelines of the state. <br />State and local agencies are directed to participate fully to insure that their interests are fully considered by the <br />department and local governments." <br /> <br /> Additionally, the provisions of WAC 173-26-100 apply and include provisions to assure proper public <br />participation and, for local governments planning under the Growth Management Act, the provisions of RCW <br />36.70A.140 also apply. <br /> <br /> At a minimum, all local governments shall be prepared to describe and document their methods to ensure <br />that all interested parties have a meaningful opportunity to participate. <br /> <br />Why is it that the State government and the Indian tribe get informed directly and affected homeowner do not? <br /> If I was getting a permit to do something from the Department of Ecology you can bet they require that all <br />affected property owners within a certain range of the project would get sent direct notification. I must protest <br />the way in which Jefferson County informs interested and affected parties. You would think that every single <br />person with waterfront property would be directly affected and that direct notification would be a requirement. <br /> I have tried repeatedly to send my comments to Jefferson County and every time I try the website is broken, the <br />link is missing or will not send my comment through. I find that this is unexceptable for any government <br />agency. I still do not know where to send my comment to the County. I don't think the effort to inform the <br />public was adequate. They certainly know how to reach us when it is time to collect property taxes. <br /> <br />I would like to reserve the right to further comment on this and the SMA in the future. <br />1 <br /> <br />