08/12/2006: "Why The Criticism Of The Council On Vesting?"
Prior to the existing density and UDW rules it was customary and legal to first build a guest house in which to live until the main dwelling was habitable. As a result many people, with full expectation that they were following the rules, proceeded to construct and occupy small cottages which would later act as accommodations for guests.
Subsequently they have been denied building permits on the basis that the present rules allow only one residence to a lot, hence they can not build a main residence. Obviously this is unfair and the County Councilors have been trying to get legislative relief for these victims of governmental stupidity.
For reasons that are beyond comprehension there has been an onslaught of criticism heaped on the Council, particularly Kevin Ranker, for their attempt to right a wrong. I do not always agree with our Councilors but on this issue they are on the side of the angles and I suggest that the critics get more information so as to understand the true situation.
San Juan Island