San Juan County Planning Commission's recommendation to switch from the complex tailored standards to DOE's site specific standards regarding wetland water quality buffers and habitat buffers was accepted by the Council at this morning's meeting(December 10, 2013).
"It's approved science," said San Juan County Council member Bob Jarman. He also noted he is for standardization.
The previous council spent hundreds of thousands of dollars creating the complicated tailored approach. One of the most expensive parts being the creation of the county's own Best Available Science."
The Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board had ruled against the county regarding nine items. The science used in determining the size of the buffers was one item.
It is expected the new regulations, which will be formally adopted later, will provide surety to property owners and potential property owners regarding the requirements for developing land and constructing structures. The straight-forward approach is expected to take the brakes off of selling property and construction.
The Deputy Prosecutor responded to questions from the council whether the switch will mean no litigation. The answer, there will be less to base a suit on with the switch.