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Open Houses March 18, 19, 20

The Open Houses to show the proposed updates to San Juan County's Shoreline Master Plan and take public comments includes an inter-active display along with maps, draft regulations.

Citizens will be able to obtain the details of land-use classification changes by viewing the shoreline on Google Earth. The display shows each affected area, the current land use designation and the proposed change.

The County is hosting a series of Open houses to discuss the proposed changes and to take public comments on the three main ferry served-islands.

OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE

March 18, 2013 (Two sessions)

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
       and
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Grange
152 First Street
Friday Harbor

March 19, 2013

5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
The Lopez Center for Community and the Arts,
204 Village Road, Lopez Island.

March 20, 2013

6 pm - 9 pm
The Madrona Room at the Orcas Center,
917 Mt. Baker Road, Orcas Island.

The first draft of the proposed update to the County’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) is now available online. Using Google Earth., citizens can view the areas of shoreline where changes of designation are proposed. The reason for the proposed change is also displayed.

Besides some land use classification designation changes, other proposed changes are to the current height limitations on residences, simplification of the ways to measure building height (there are four ways in the current SMP), changing the limitation on rebuilding if your home is destroyed.

The current SMP limits rebuilding of non-compliant residences to properties where the destruction amounts to 75 percent or less. That is the same as the state regulations which are the default if the county doesn't specify their own.

The proposed SMP regulations are county-specific and do not limit reconstruction based on amount of destruction.  In other words a property owner would be allowed to rebuild their home on their non-compliant footprint no matter how much of the original home burned down (or however it was destroyed).

Right now, for example, if 80 percent of a house that was located right on the shoreline (which is no longer allowed) burned, the property owner would have to build farther back. With the wording in the proposed update, the house could be rebuilt on the same location.

The draft goals and policies to be included in the county’s comprehensive plan

The draft regulations  

All documents

SMP update webpage

In addition to the proposed changes in SJCC 18.50, the draft regulations include proposed amendments to SJCC 18.80.110 Shoreline permitting procedures.

Also available is a Google Earth data packet that can be downloaded and used to examine the proposed changes to the shoreline designations.

In order to use these files, you’ll need to install Google Earth.

Once Google Earth is installed, download the file www.sanjuanco.com/CDP/docs/SMP/San_Juan_Co_Environment_Designations_021313.kmz and save it to your desktop.

Open a Google Earth window.

In the top left corner is the ‘file’ button.

Mouse click on this for a drop down menu, select ‘open’ and then navigate to the KMZ file.

The KMZ file will then be incorporated into your Google Earth and the program will shift to focus on San Juan County.

With this package attached, it will be possible to select the layer titled Proposed EDs (existing ED changed).

This view shows only those areas whose shoreline designation the County is proposing to change.

If the cursor is clicked on each of these areas a ‘pop-up’ note describing the:

Previous designation;

Proposed designation;

Reason for the proposed change.

If the parcel layer is on the notes do not function.

If the layer titled Proposed EDs (existing EDs not changed), is selected the map will show the areas that the current shoreline designation is expected to remain in place.

If the Labels-Proposed EDs (existing ED changed) layer is selected, the map will display the names of the proposed designations that may change.

In addition, you can select a layer that shows the complete proposed shoreline designations or another that displays the existing shoreline designations.

The small packet is versatile, simple to use and less cumbersome than the PDF maps used in the Shoreline Inventory and Characterization Report.

PDF maps depicting the same information  

The mandatory Shoreline Restoration Plan 

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Colin Maycock at 360-370-7573 or [email protected]

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