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<br />Michelle McConnell <br />From:The Sinclairs [] <br />Sent:Tuesday, May 11, 2010 3:15 PM <br />To:Stewart, Jeff R. (ECY) <br />Subject:Jeff Co SMP <br />Categories:LASMP Public Comment <br />Jeffree Stewart <br /> <br />Regional Planner <br /> <br />Washington State Department of Ecology <br /> <br /> <br />Mr. Stewart, <br /> <br /> <br />(I’m sorry if you are also in receipt of my email from last night, which was much more articulate than <br />this one. I couldn’t tell if it really got sent or not, and didn’t keep a copy.) <br /> <br /> <br />We are property owners in East Jefferson County, at Bywater Bay. <br /> <br /> <br />We have read through the proposed Shoreline Management Plan, and have issues and questions <br />about it. Its intention to protect the natural habitat of the shoreline is laudable, however the measures <br />proposed are unnecessary and extreme. Most of our neighbors are very protective of their property <br />and try very hard to maintain their frontage in as natural a state as possible. <br /> <br /> <br />The 150 foot shoreline buffer is quite a bit more than the previously State-mandated 50-foot setback. <br />It would make for more effective use of permit processing time to require a larger setback for a <br />specific property only if the County inspection and appropriate reasons require it. <br /> <br /> <br />With waterfront being taxed at a very high rate, it is unfair to then tell property owners that they <br />cannot use their waterfront. Perhaps the County and the owner can negotiate a purchase by the <br />County of the setback area, so that the owner’s taxes can be reduced and the County can then <br />maintain the pristine and natural shoreline buffer area to its standards. <br /> <br /> <br />These suggestions are, of course, not as well thought out as the County’s proposed Shoreline <br />Management Plan. We also have objections to other sections of the Plan, and would like to reserve <br />our right to comment and question further. <br /> <br /> <br />If you have any questions, please contact us. Thank you. <br /> <br /> <br />Mickey and Lois Sinclair <br /> <br />1 <br />