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<br />Michelle McConnell <br />From:Teri Nomura [nomura@windermere.com] <br />Sent:Tuesday, May 11, 2010 12:05 PM <br />To:Stewart, Jeff R. (ECY) <br />Subject:SMP Jefferson County <br />Categories:LASMP Public Comment <br />May 11, 2010 <br /> <br />To: Department of Ecology <br /> Jeff Stewart <br /> Jeff.stewart@ecy.wa.gov <br />From: Teri Nomura <br /> Windermere Real Estate Port Townsend <br /> 1220 Water Street <br /> Port Townsend, WA 98368 <br /> nomura@windermere.com <br /> <br />RE: Shoreline Master Program for Jefferson County <br /> <br />Dear Sir, <br />I am a current resident of Jefferson County, and have lived here since 1984. I have been a real estate agent for <br />the last 15 years. I have represented a number of buyers and sellers of waterfront homes and land. People are attracted <br />to Jefferson County in large part because of the natural beauty of this area- the water, the mountains, and the trees. I <br />understand that there is a delicate balance between the need to preserve and clean up the natural resource and the <br />desire of land owners to develop their property. It is well known that Puget Sound water quality has degraded over the last <br />100 years. Development practices have changed from ‘do whatever you want’ to needing to regulate development. Of <br />course, this regulation feels oppressive to the land owners. However, in the large scheme, most people would not want to <br />live here if our water and air quality were unsafe—or if their neighbor could cause their waterfront bluff edge to erode. You <br />have the responsibility, along with the Jefferson County Planning Commission, the Jefferson County Board of County <br />Commissioners and the Jefferson County Department of Development to come up with a standardized regulation that will <br />the most fair to the most people, while safeguarding our waterfront. <br />Mostly, I am in support of the current proposal of the Shoreline Management Program that was submitted to you. I <br />understand that there are numerous ways that a homeowner could mitigate their development impact to the shoreline <br />written into this proposal. I believe that most of the waterfront land owners I heard give oral testimony to the Public <br />Hearing at Fort Worden on April 20, 2010 had not read the SMP, or truly understood how this proposal would affect them. <br />There are some that would be negatively affected by this SMP though—and these are the people/properties that concern <br />me. <br />Perhaps the language can be improved to be very clear and simply stated so that one would not need to be a <br />scientist to understand the regulation. A synopsis and/or chart could be created that would outline the different situations. <br />A list of possible mitigating suggestions could be listed to aid people to be the best possible steward of our waterfront. <br />Thank you for your consideration. <br /> <br />Sincerely yours, <br />Teri Nomura <br /> <br />Windermere Real Estate Port Townsend <br />1220 Water Street <br />Port Townsend, WA 98368 <br />nomura@windermere.com <br /> <br />office: (360) 385-9344 ext. 22 <br />toll-free: (800) 776-9344 ext. 22 <br />cell: (360) 531-1602 <br />1 <br />