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<br />Michelle McConnell <br />From:Mary Jo Nichols [] <br />Sent:Wednesday, April 21, 2010 6:18 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 />Over four years in the making, citizens, stakeholders and county staff, have worked <br />diligently to update Jefferson County SMP that meets the community's needs while based on <br />sound peer-reviewed science that supports the policies and decisions. Citizen involvement and <br />community outreach was outstanding and the Department of Community Development (DCD) provided <br />multiple opportunities for involvement over a four year period, including several direct <br />mailings to shoreline property owners. The Board of County Commissioners took extra time to <br />analyze every piece of testimony and to incorporate their ideas, where appropriate. As a <br />result, the updated SMP is a well balanced approach to meet needs of both property owners and <br />Puget Sound?s 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 /> <br />Mary Jo Nichols <br />940 lawrence St. <br />Unit 402 <br />Port Townsend, WA 98368 <br />1 <br />