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<br />Michelle McConnell <br />From:Steve [steveh@olypen.com] <br />Sent:Saturday, April 24, 2010 8:31 AM <br />To:Stewart, Jeff R. (ECY) <br />Subject:Comment on LA-SMP for Jefferson County <br />Categories:LASMP Public Comment <br />Saturday, April 24, 2010 <br /> <br />Mr. Jeffree Stewart, Regional Planner <br />Washington State Department of Ecology <br />P O Box 47775 <br />Olympia WA 98504 <br /> <br />RE: The Locally Approved Jefferson County Shoreline Master Program <br /> <br />We met briefly at the DOE hearing at Fort Worden and I couldn't stay for the oral comment <br />period but want to express my opinion on this critical issue. <br /> <br />First, I have been a citizen of Jefferson County for the past 15 years, and, with some <br />reservations noted below, I support the Shoreline Master Program adopted by the Jefferson <br />County Board of Commissioners. I appreciate the opportunity to express my views on this <br />issue, which I believe are objective and balanced <br /> <br />The primary reasons I support the LA-SMP is that it takes a conservative approach to <br />protecting the shoreline and that the bases for the buffer decisions and protection measures <br />are grounded in the best available science <br />(BAS) - at this point in time. <br /> <br />It is my understanding that none of this is written in stone and that periodic reviews will <br />allow for appropriate changes reflected as various ecological and economic issues develop. <br /> <br />I also feel that the vested interests of property owners may often take precedence over <br />consideration of the larger environmental picture and the general public's interests, <br />creating the divisive climate we now face. <br /> <br />In our property oriented society this is a logical reaction. However, it is in this sense <br />that I believe the government has the responsibility to moderate the effects of unbridled and <br />uneducated decisions about property development - as long as those decisions and regulations <br />are truly grounded in BAS. <br /> <br />So, in general, I support the current LA-SMP for Jefferson County. <br /> <br />On balance, I believe the following criticisms are valid: <br /> <br />First, the vetting process could have been far better handled. Because it wasn't, Jefferson <br />County may face significant litigation costs. <br /> <br />Many of those who support the SMP claim that the process was open and well publicized in <br />advance over the four year period preceding local approval and that the County did adequate <br />outreach. <br /> <br />I disagree. Given the lack of the public's early turnout and, in certain cases, the timing of <br />information supposedly shared, it should have been apparent that the County was not effective <br />1 <br /> <br />