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<br />Michelle McConnell <br />From:MARILYN HOBAN [marilynhoban@embarqmail.com] <br />Sent:Tuesday, May 11, 2010 1:55 PM <br />To:Stewart, Jeff R. (ECY) <br />Subject:Jefferson County SMP <br />Categories:LASMP Public Comment <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />I would like to express my thanks to the Jefferson County DCD on the thoroughness in the outreach to the <br />citizens and community in developing the SMP over the past four and a half years. I had multiple opportunities <br />to express my views, which I received both by email and direct mail. <br /> <br />The SMP respects both the need to protect the ecosystem of the Puget Sound as well as the needs of property <br />owners. The policies and decisions were amply supported by peer-reviewed science. <br /> <br />Specifically I appreciate the prohibition of all mining and mining-related activities on our natural, conservation <br />and residential shorelines. While the current pit-to-pier project would be grandfathered, this will at least stop <br />any future projects. <br /> <br />The clear language of the SMP makes the policies easier to understand by the citizens it will affect, which will <br />result in consistent land use and improves property values. The 150-foot buffer, which was supported by <br />significant testimony on numerous occasions, is strongly supported in the current science as a compromise of <br />buffer widths necessary to protect shoreline functions, while appropriate flexible modifications may be granted <br />where there is no net loss to shoreline functions. <br /> <br />The prohibition of commercial net pen farming is vital to the present and future health of the ecosystem, as well <br />as encouraging non-structural remedies in place of shoreline armoring keeps such armoring to a minimum. <br /> <br />Finally, I wish to thank the Board of County Commissioners for their careful analysis of all testimony and the <br />incorporation of their ideas where appropriate, the involvement of shoreline owners on the Policy Advisory <br />Committee, and the thorough and consistent efforts of the DCD staff in communicating with shoreline owners <br />at all stages of the lengthy four and a half year process. A wealth of scientific expertise, foresight, common <br />sense and transparency guided the process. <br /> <br />Yours truly, <br /> <br />Marilyn Hoban <br />25853 Canyon Road NW <br />Poulsbo, WA 98370 <br />360.697.5909 <br />1 <br />