WSCC Active Projects (alphabetical)
DEVELOPMENT IN KITSAP: THE ELDORADO HILLS AREA (updated 3 Sep 2018)
A new development is in process west of Eldorado Hills. Although the land is zoned one dwelling unit per five acres (1DU/5 acres) based on the Growth Management Act, the developer plans to build 120+ units, with most lots being less than one acre. This is being done via a “boundary line adjustment” (BLA). It appears that the Department of Community Development (DCD) did not know this had taken place until after the fact. As one county official indicated, the county’s development ordinances are woefully inadequate.
A representative of the developer says that the land being developed is composed of legacy lots established in a grid pattern decades ago and laid out to suit their development purposes. Kevin and Gail have not seen any documentation, and they consider the developer to be attempting to bypass county development code via the boundary-line-adjustment loophole. Another WSCC meeting attendee related that only three steps are required for a boundary line adjustment: (1) a survey, (2) taxes paid to County treasurer and (3) the survey recorded with the County auditor’s office. These steps would be invisible to DCD unless DCD is notified by concerned parties.
A stop-work order was issued at the site of this development late last winter but has since been lifted. Kevin and Gail have discussed this development with County officials. An answer to a Public Disclosure of Records (per State Public Records Act RCW Title 42.56 [http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=42.56) regarding a prior attempt in 2012 to regulate BLA action has been indicated for fulfillment by late September. (DCD has said they’ll provide the requested records by 21 September.) An update about the prior attempt in 2012 to regulate BLAs and any other related information will be given at the WSCC meeting in early October.
Lack of a boundary line adjustment ordinance allowed 1DU/5 acres to be subdivided into 120 dwelling units “under the wire.” This is an example of why a County ordinance needs to be established regulating large-scale BLA practices and property development.
For those people who would like a BLA ordinance for Kitsap County, please contact the following people:
HANSVILLE: PROPOSED SPRAYING OF THE HERBICIDE ROUNDUP (updated 1 Sep 2018)
Pope Resources had planned to spray the herbicide Roundup near the town of Hansville. Community members objected, and currently the spraying is on hold. Kitsap Audubon members provided the following information for this post:
Monsanto says Roundup is harmless to birds and wildlife; the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) says otherwise, as quoted below from this ABC link: https://abcbirds.org/program/pesticides/home-and-garden (accessed 1 Sep 2018)
“ABC on Weed Killers:
“Common chemicals used to control weeds in home gardens and on lawns, such as 2, 4-D and glyphosate (used in Round-Up) are now known to be toxic to wildlife and aquatic organisms.
“Glyphosate was found in 2015 to be a probable human carcinogen. In addition, the surfactant chemicals (transport agents) added to formulations of these herbicides can also be toxic.
"When they infiltrate soils, these chemicals can result in groundwater contamination problems.”
INDUSTRIAL AQUACULTURE (IA) (updated 3 Sep 2018)
Tariffs by China have caused geoduck prices to rise 25%, so IA owners are not wanting to expand now. There is no further IA expansion activity occurring at Shine Road. The IA-raft expansion at Quilcene is occurring.
Three lawsuits have been filed against IA in this area. WSCC has no updates on the status of these lawsuits.
Background regarding IA:
1. Aquaculture facilities are increasing in number along the shores of the Puget Sound .
2. Large parts of the natural Salish Sea shoreline are being converted into IA monocultures .
3. IA fills shorelines with PVC pipes and wave action breaking down pipes leads to plastic pollution.
4. Many West Sound environmental groups are opposed to the spread of IA.
5. As of May 2018, there are multiple lawsuits in our area targeted against IA.
6. For more information and a photographic portrayal of the changes occurring to the Salish Sea shoreline because of IA, go to http://coalitiontoprotectpugetsoundhabitat.org/
INITIATIVE 1631, FEES ON GREENHOUSE-GAS POLLUTERS (updated 3 Sep 2018)
I-1631 will be on the November 2018 ballot; WSCC will advocate for its passage.
This measure, if passed, would put a fee ($15/ton) on the state’s largest greenhouse gas polluters, like the oil industry and those utilities that have not switched to clean energy.
Of the revenue generated, 70% would be invested in clean energy (such as wind and solar, transportation alternatives, cleaner fuels, and energy efficiency). 25% would be invested in natural resources so as to ensure healthy forests and rivers that keep our air and water clean. 5% would go towards ensuring that impacts do not disproportionately harm the communities hardest hit by pollution and poverty.
Oversight would be accomplished by a public board made up of experts in science, business, health, and of trusted community leaders, so that special interests aren’t the ones making decisions about our future. This initiative is supported by many organizations representing diverse groups: environmental, communities of color, labor unions, health advocates, tribal nations, faith communities, and business.
JOHNSON CREEK WILDLIFE CORRIDOR (updated 1 Sep 2018)
The Johnson Creek Wildlife Corridor provides a means for wildlife to transit across Highway 3, and it also contributes to the health of Liberty Bay. Steps are underway to preserve it rather than have it developed. A synopsis of this project is being prepared by the WSCC members involved.
PLASTIC BAG ORDINANCE (KITSAP COUNTY) (updated 1 Sep 2018)
Kitsap County Commissioners have asked the cities to host discussions with their communities about the feasibility of and interest in an ordinance which seeks to reduce the use of thin-film plastic bags in Kitsap County. Besides the well-documented hazards—strangling and starving of wildlife, the entry of plastic into our food web via microparticles and nanoparticles, and the increasing concentration of plastic in our land and water—plastic bags clog up our recycling machines several times a day, and so they increase our bills for recycling and waste management. Despite the admirable actions of some of our retailers in making available recycling boxes to deposit thin-film plastic bags, most plastic bags in Kitsap are thrown away, go into landfills, or clog up our recycling machines. As stated in the well-moderated community discussion (an interactive discussion by citizens, experts, and council members) that was hosted 29 May 2018 by the Port Orchard City Council, “Only 0.5% of the 85 million bags disposed of in Kitsap County are recycled.”
Source: You Tube video [time period from 00:00 to 54:43] of the Port Orchard City Council’s 29 May 2018 discussion about single-use plastic bags. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75wC62g8bCI
We all know that plastic bags are useful, and yet—because of the harm they’re wreaking on our environment, and because of the increased costs they impose on recycling and waste management systems—many countries, cities, and communities are successfully instituting restrictions or bans on them.
WSCC supports the current public discussion that’s occurring in Kitsap County’s cities regarding plastic bags, and we hope that a plan comes out of this discussion that lessens the use of thin-film plastic bags. We appreciate the measures already taken by retailers to encourage use of reusable bags or paper bags, and we’ve found that the reflex dispensing of a plastic bag for a single item (for example, a candy bar or a magazine) no longer occurs in many stores. Tellers now ask customers if they want a bag or not, which is an encouraging change in our daily habits and in our culture that is occurring consequent to more information and awareness.
POLITICIANS’ ENVIRONMENTAL SCORES (updated 1 Sep 2018)
As decided at the 28 Aug 2018 WSCC board meeting, WSCC will begin posting politicians’ environmental scores to its website.