Friday Harbor Planning Commission
December 13, 2012
The regular meeting of the Friday Harbor Planning Commission was called to order at 5:30 PM in the Town Council Chambers with Chair Jeff Iverson presiding.
PLANNING COMMISSIONERS PRESENT WERE: Jeff Iverson, Kay Kohler, Matt Shildneck, and Linda Browne. A quorum was present.
OTHERS PRESENT WERE: Land Use Administrator Mike Bertrand, Consultant Jim Slocomb and Recording Secretary Roxanna Zalmanek.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes of August 9, 2012 were unanimously approved as written.
Consultant Jim Slocomb began the final open public meeting for the Friday Harbor Planning Commission of its review the draft Shoreline Master Plan. Consultant Slocomb stated that the Department of Ecology (DOE) along with other state agencies of significance has had a substantial volume of comments regarding the update process. However, DOE would not comment regarding a request from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to be exempt from the Shoreline Master Program (SMP), and it has yet to be determined by the consultant; further research needs to be done to decide if the request is consistent with the RCW’s, the Consultant explained. The most recent form of the Submission Checklist was identified and Mr. Slocomb noted that there were very few unresolved issues. Consultant Slocomb explained that aquaculture has become a subject of substantial interest and what little opportunity there is available within the town’s jurisdiction. However, results were mapped and added to the draft shoreline inventory and analysis to meet the requirements which is available for review on the town’s website. Continued discussion was heard regarding a new table in the draft ordinance which was added due to DOE’s requirement; this table shows development standards such as density, building height, yard setbacks, etc. Much discussion regarding shoreline stabilization, retaining the maximum amount of shoreline vegetation and avoiding tree removal was heard. Commissioner Kohler expressed deep concerns regarding the intrusiveness of the tree and vegetation management section and the expense the landowner will endure with hiring a certified arborist.
At 6:00 Roger Bennett of Friday Harbor commented and noted three areas of the Draft that needed additional attention; the Consultant took note. Mr. Bennett voiced his opinion regarding the new 25 foot setback (was 20 feet) and how in some cases the property owner would not be able to build a structure, referring to his commercial zoned property.
During deliberations Commissioner Kohler suggested the removal of "Trim" in the draft language to lessen the burden on the landowner and to allow them to trim their own trees. Continued discussion was heard and it was a general consensus to leave it as written as history of extreme trimming is evident and that it is a protective measure for stormwater control.
After thorough deliberation and with the insertion of Mr. Bennett’s three suggestions, Matt Shildneck motioned to recommend to the Town Council that they adopt the Shoreline Master Plan package with the four required criteria. Linda Browne seconded the motion and the vote was 3 to 1 in favor of said motion.
Land Use Administrator Mike Bertrand noted that there will be 2013 Amendments to the 2002 Comprehensive Plan, and that public hearing would possibly take place sometime early next year (2013) and it would involve the re-designation of certain properties from Non-residential to Residential. Consultant Slocomb reminded Mike Bertrand that a SEPA Determination for the SMP will need to be publicized as well as a 60-Day comment period for the Notice of Adoption of the SMP. To answer Council member Steve Hushebeck questions, final approval for the Town Council needs to be submitted by June 30th, 2013. DOE will then have a 60-day appeal period.
With no objection the meeting adjourned at 6:30PM. The next regular meeting of the Friday Harbor Planning Commission will be announced.
Respectfully submitted by Roxanna Zalmanek, Recording Secretary.
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