Barb and I attended the open meeting hosted by CAPR last Saturday (12/19). CAPR is an ad hoc committee attempting to stop/delay the adaptation of the proposed San Juan County Critical Area Ordinance (CAO). I believe both the Yacht Cub and the West Sound Community Club will be impacted.
The CAO is all about set backs and buffer zones around critical areas. Development within buffer zones is forbidden. They are also supposed to be left in their natural state.
Our property fronts on West Sound so we are subject to the usual county shoreline set back rules; however, since the Department of Archeology has already forbidden us to develop this area they are of no particular concern. The sticking point is our water courses. Our NE boundary is Crow Valley Creek (an all season stream) so I think we can expect a large (300 ft. ?) buffer zone to be imposed. Of more concern is the seasonal rivulet running through our property adjacent to the WSCC. Seasonal water courses have smaller buffer zones (100 ft. ?). If we are forbidden to mow along the West side of the property we could have several issues.
The WSCC is a concern because the leech field is old, subject to failure, and would lie within a buffer zone. The specter of a septic failure within a critical area buffer zone is too horrible to contemplate.
The good news is the state will not force the destruction or removal of non conforming developments as long as they were legal at the time of construction
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A River Runs Through It Boating with the proposed Critical Areas Ordinance
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