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Expedited planning for Shoreline Management Plan needs to slow down

by Pearl Rains-Hewett
www.behindmyback.org

Posted 11/17/2014

Objection to Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) expedited schedule

This is my Public comment and objection

To the  Nov. 2014 Clallam County SMP Updated Draft

Directed to Deputy Director Steve Gray and the Planning Commission

New DCD director, Mary Ellen Winborn

Pearl Rains Hewett

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With all due respect, Clallam County elected officials  and we the vested  private property owners of Clallam County   MUST INSIST ON A REVISED TIME LINE  FOR DUE DILIGENCE RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS before moving forward on the  Clallam County SMP Updated Draft.

 

The expedited SMP Draft schedule proposed by Steve Gray on the SMP Update is ill advised.

Indeed, Our newly elected Clallam County DCD director, Mary Ellen Winborn shall need time for due diligence research and analysis.

Currently the Planning Commission is struggling with  sufficient time for due diligence research and analysis

Public Participation? Informing the concerned Public?  Sufficient time for Public Comment? On the revised, rewritten content?

(1) THE Nov. 2014 CLALLAM COUNTY SMP UPDATE

(2) THE TEMPORARY RESIDENTIAL POT ISSUES

 

(3) THE ON GOING DUNGENESS WATER RULE MITIGATION

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And, our New DCD director Mary Ellen Winborn and the Planning Commission are ill prepared due to the magnitude of these complex projects.

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 Can we count on our elected officials, appointed and other county employees, to do their due diligence to make sure? …

To question if they are being allowed the NECESSARY TIME for their due diligence on projects of this magnitude?

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DUE DILIGENCE

THE CARE THAT A REASONABLE PERSON EXERCISES TO AVOID HARM TO OTHER PERSONS OR THEIR PROPERTY  RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS OF AN ORGANIZATION DONE IN PREPARATION FOR A TRANSACTION

 

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The expedited schedule proposed by Steve Gray on the SMP Update is ill advised.

And, our New DCD director and the Planning Commission are ill prepared due to the magnitude

of these complex projects.

 

Clallam County Shoreline Master Program Update :

November 2014 … draft

The Draft SMP (November 2014) is now under review by the Clallam County Planning Commission (PC), and open for public comment.

The PC will schedule and hold a public hearing(s) on the Draft SMP and submit a recommended Final Draft SMP to the Clallam County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) for adoption.

The BOCC will hold a public hearing(s) on the PC recommendation.

The County adopted SMP will be submitted to the Washington Department of Ecology for additional public review and state approval.

Therefore, this Draft SMP (November 2014) is a work in progress and likely subject to further revision as the local and state SMP process moves forward.

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THE TEMPORARY RESIDENTIAL POT ISSUES?

To question if they are doing their due diligence on projects of this magnitude?

“We are behind the 8-ball right now in terms of our knowledge level,” Planning Commission member Scott Clausen said in a work session last Wednesday.
Oct 18, 2014 – County commissioners approved temporary zoning for the potindustry by … “It’s a huge issue when we talk about residential areas,” Planning …

The Clallam County Planning Commission will “do some homework” before making a recommendation on permanent marijuana zoning, Vice Chairwoman Connie Beauvais said recently.
The land-use advisory panel is tasked with developing zoning standards for the recreational pot industry, which state voters legalized in 2012.
The nine-member Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the three county commissioners, who have the final say on where future marijuana growers, processors and retailers will be allowed in unincorporated areas.
“We are behind the 8-ball right now in terms of our knowledge level,” Planning Commission member Scott Clausen said in a work session last Wednesday.
“It’s just like studying in college again. That’s what we should be doing.”
County commissioners approved temporary zoning for the pot industry by unanimous vote Oct. 7.
The six-month ordinance, which took effect Friday, imposed tighter restrictions for growers and processors in rural zones.
Built on early drafts
The stopgap ordinance was a hybrid of earlier drafts developed by the Department of Community Development and modified by the Planning Commission.

 

THE ON GOING DUNGENESS WATER RULE MITIGATION?

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The bottom line

With all due respect, Clallam County elected officials  and we the vested  private property owners of Clallam County   MUST INSIST ON A REVISED TIME LINE  FOR DUE DILIGENCE RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS before moving forward with the….

(1) THE CLALLAM COUNTY SMP UPDATE

 

(2) THE TEMPORARY RESIDENTIAL POT ISSUES

(3) THE ON GOING DUNGENESS WATER RULE MITIGATION

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Newly Elected DCD Elected MARY ELLEN WINBORN

Candidate statements, Clallam County Director of Community Development

Why Mary Ellen Winborn? Because I am the best person for the job and I will never let you down.

I want to be your next Director of the Department of Community Development (DCD) because Clallam County needs a qualified, skilled professional. This position requires someone with a broad range of qualifications in education, training, experience, and interpersonal skills.

Currently, about 30 percent of DCD staff work under the Building Division, which is responsible for issuing building permits and enforcing building codes. The remaining 70 percent, the Planning Division, oversees planning activities and administers zoning, land division, shorelines, growth management and other related programs.

Issuing building permits in a timely manner is important for homeowners, businesses, and contractors. The old saying, “Time is Money”, certainly applies. Code enforcement is vital to public safety and as an architect with 24 years of experience supervising all aspects of design, development, and construction; I understand how important these things are. I understand the building code.

I understand builders and design professionals and am experienced in working with public agencies that regulate development projects. I will ensure that permit and enforcement services work smoothly, efficiently, and timely.

Clallam County is revising its state mandated 20-year Comprehensive Plan (zoning, land use policy) and that revision is due for completion in 2016. The Planning Division oversees and administers the Comprehensive Plan as well as its revisions and updates, and the Director is a key driver of the process.

The Comprehensive Plan determines Clallam County’s future with regards to infrastructure, development, natural resources, industry, jobs, businesses, economy, and quality of life. We need a leader with vision who can see the bigger picture. Someone who can assess how all the components support and work with each other, and who will work with all stakeholders listening to their input, ideas, and interests.

As a small business owner for the past 18 years, I have utilized all of these skills and have the drive and vision to move our County in the right direction and towards a positive future. It is imperative that Clallam County elects a Director with the knowledge, skills, and experience in all of these areas. I am that person.

I have the dedication to service, quality, and professionalism that will make DCD a department to be proud of.

Background:

Personal/professional skill: I have the comprehensive thinking skills needed to balance all varied interests, and enjoy working in collaboration with all interested parties to find the best solutions. I am proactive.

Employee morale: I treat people with respect and listen to them. Under my management, DCD will be the County department that people want to work for, and, the department builders and homeowners want to work with.

Technology: I will improve and expand the online capabilities of DCD to provide easy access to public information, with true transparency.

Education: Bachelor of Architecture

Experience: 24 years design, professional management, site design, structural analysis, construction administration, etc.

Business owner/manager of Winborn Architects: 18 years.

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