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<br />Michelle McConnell <br /> <br />Sent:Tuesday, May 11, 2010 3:24 PM <br />To:Stewart, Jeff R. (ECY) <br />Cc:sarah robinson <br />Subject:Comment on proposed updates to SMP <br />Categories:LASMP Public Comment <br />Good Afternoon, <br />I am writing to express my concerns at proposed changes to the Jefferson County Shoreline <br />Master Program. <br /> <br />We own waterfront property on the island of Hood Head at the North end of the Hood Canal <br />(lots 107-108). I particularly wanted to make sure my concerns were registered within the <br />public comment request period ending today 5/11/10 at 5pm. <br /> <br />Just to step back a little, we found the Washington Dept of Ecology website, while I'm sure <br />comprehensive, excessively difficult to navigate as we were trying to discern information of <br />relevance to our situation. In trying to figure out how these changes would impact us, we <br />wanted to filter out the potential disinformation circulating in the Hood Head community, but <br />were unable to find much in terms of concrete proposals. Consequently my comments may be <br />based on incomplete information but here goes anyway. <br /> <br /> <br />In general we are concerned that changes to the law will place <br />draconian restrictions on our ability to enjoy our property. In common with our Hood Head <br />neighbors, we consider ourselves careful stewards of the natural waterfront and go to great <br />lengths to ensure we make as little environmental impact as possible. We use natural trails <br />to access the beach and remove plastic and other detritus as necessary. <br />We fear that changes to shoreline regulations will overwhelmingly impact the little guys, <br />like us, who genuinely treasure the natural environment, but are unable to hire a raft of <br />lawyers to pore over every detail of our land stewardship. In such a situation my suggestion <br />would be to proceed with a more collaborative approach to educate us landowners in suggested <br />best practices rather than to apply the sledgehammer approach of enforcing unreasonable <br />punative actions. <br /> <br />Thanks very much for your time, <br />Yours faithfully, <br />Alan and Sarah Robinson. <br />1 <br />