SMP in The Leader

Here’s the Leader’s more journalistic take on the meeting the other night.

9/9/09 Port Townsend Leader
Shoreline Master Program draws waves of comments; buffers continue to be major issue
By Allison Arthur of The Leader

More than 100 people packed into the Jefferson County Superior Courtroom to tell commissioners what they think of revisions to the plan supported by the planning commission and proposed changes recommended by county planners.

County commissioners listened to more than two hours of testimony and took no action Tuesday night. Commissioners are expected to act on the SMP by the end of October.

Although one man led off the meeting voicing support for the Department of Community Development (DCD) staff report that recommends buffers of 150 feet along all shorelines in Jefferson County, a majority of speakers took DCD to task, questioning why planners would throw out months of work of the volunteer planning commission.

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