The San Juan Initiative was a two year effort by the Puget Sound Partnership (PSP) to assess the habitats and ecosystem of San Juan County. They worked with local and regional scientists, policy makers and community members to understand challenges facing the local ecosystem. Their report made regulatory land use recommendations to the County.
Published Sept. 7 on Bainbridge Shoreline Homeowners
There are many players in the world of land use planning, regulation and governance. On one side you have property owners. On the other you have a wide range of people and groups who think they know better than anyone else how the property owner’s land should be used. These groups — including activists, politicians, neighbors, local planners, state bureaucrats, scientists, engineers, and other “experts” — often disagree, but they always have an opinion.
On August 31, a Superior Court Judge in San Juan County overturned a ruling by the state’s Shoreline Hearings Board that overturned San Juan County’s issuance of a Shoreline Substantial Development Permit to build a private dock. In his ruling, Judge John Linde said that the “SHB decision overturning the permit issued by the County and disregarding the mitigation plan developed in conjunction with WDFW was arbitrary and capricious and failed to properly interpret and apply the law.”
In his summary the Judge said the following: