Clallam: Voters may decide
`Critical Areas' rules in election
by ROGER HARNACK
Peninsula Daily News
editor's note below this story)
Clallam County, WA - 7/22/01 - Clallam County voters could have the
opportunity to repeal the county's Critical Areas Ordinance when they
head to the polls Nov. 6.
On Friday, county Elections Coordinator Patty Rosand confirmed that
the repeal measure had enough certified signatures to qualify for the
general election ballot.
The Critical Areas Ordinance creates streamside buffers and restricts
development near waterways with the potential to support salmon.
In accordance with law, the county commissioners will have 30 days to
decide whether to adopt the petition as law or place it on the ballot.
If the repeal is put on the Nov. 6 general election ballot,
commissioners have the option of putting a critical areas ordinance on
the ballot with it.
Voters will then have the opportunity to choose which they prefer.
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Note from CR Editor: The statements in this article are
inaccurate. The Critical Areas "Ordinance" encompasses
far more than "streamside buffers and restrict[ion of] development
near waterways with the potential to support salmon". Just
regarding the "streamside buffers" - the ordinance includes
dry-most-of-the-year swales - no fish could ever use this type of
seasonal waterway, unless, as one citizen put it - the "fish could
grow legs and walk". One hundred feet of property are
virtually taken away from the property owner on these types of buffers -
they cannot use their property for anything at all - and yet this has
absolutely nothing to do with salmon. There are many other
examples of this type of harm to the individual property owner.
See other stories on this site relating to the Critical Areas Code
In addition, the headline itself is inaccurate. No
"rules" will be decided at the ballot. The initiative is
to repeal the Critical Areas Code. Further, the county
commissioners do not have the option of putting a critical areas
ordinance on the ballot. The may write an initiative of their own
to place on the ballot, however. SF