By Teri Williams
Shoreline Master Program Update
Following public hearings, the Shoreline Master Program Update may be sent to the Washington Department of Ecoolgy (WDOE) before the end of 2015.
The County Department of Community Development presented an update on the shoreline program to San Juan County Council in October. The update answered a number of questions posed by council members and made several recommendations. Then, the council went to work to draft what the public process will look like for the Shoreline Master Plan Update.
The first public hearing on the shoreline plan is tentatively scheduled for Monday, Nov. 30 in County Council Chambers in Friday Harbor. The public hearing is tentatively set to continue on Wednesday, Dec. 2. at the same location. After deliberations, the council anticipates taking final action at its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 15.
Colin Maycock, county planner, said that following the council’s action, the Shoreline Master Program will be submitted to WDOE for review and adoption. WDOE’s adoption process will include at least one public hearing in the county, and it is likely that WDOE will hold more than one public hearing.
Only after WDOE has completed its adoption process, does the approved Shoreline Master Program become effective.
To see documents related to the Shoreline Master Program, go to the county website.
Eastsound Subarea Plan to be Finalized
This past year, Eastsound Planning Review Committee has been working with County staff to update the existing Eastsound Subarea Plan and move it into the uniform Development Code. The goal was to streamline, simplify and clarify the regulations so that the public and staff can easily determine the development parameters for projects within the Eastsound, and make changes to the code on an annual basis should issues arise from conflicts in the code or implementation of the code.
The most significant change is the addition of land use tables, where a list of allowable and prohibited uses are identified. The current subarea plan had several allowable uses where a conditional use permit (CUP) was required. EPRC and staff felt if a use was allowed, no CUP should be required, so the cost and public hearing involved with such a permit has been eliminated.
Revisions made in the Eastsound Subarea Plan have been reviewed by the County Prosecuting Attorney and the draft ordinance is being refined. Colin Maycock, county planner, has tentatively scheduled online posting of the draft ordinance and staff report online by Wednesday, Nov. 4.
Maycock said a special meeting of the county council and public hearing is tentatively set for Tuesday, Dec. 8 at the Eastsound Fire Station. Following deliberations, the council anticipates taking final action at its December 15 meeting.
Critical Areas Ordinance Amendments in Effect
The CAO amendments are effective as of Friday, February 6, 2015. This link takes you to the signed version of the critical areas ordinance adopted by the County Council.
San Juan County officials hope the adoption of this ordinance will resolve the two remaining GMA compliance issues identified by the Growth Management Hearings Board. Compliance with the GMA helps keep the county eligible for certain state grants.
- Prohibit drainfield lines in wetlands (although someone could apply for a reasonable use approval and Council reduced the fee in 2014 in anticipation of this stricter requirement). Department of Community Development (DCD) will be developing a guidance bulletin regarding mitigation.
- Require utilities constructed and installed in developed areas comply with the County’s mitigation sequence and requirements.
- Correct scriveners errors.