06/22/2007: "Letter On Stormwater"
On June 18 SJC requested the Growth Management Hearings Board (GMHB) to grant a 180 day extension for achieving compliance with the Growth Management Act (GMA) on the Eastsound Urban Growth Area (UGA). At the end of this extension it will be over 7 1/2 years since the BOCC first hatched its crackpot scheme of creating free-fire zones for developers and land speculators in Eastsound and Lopez Village at the expense of all existing residents.
The GMHB has never approved this scheme because the County has never attempted to comply with the intent of the law which is to protect public health and safety and the public purse from irrational urbanization. Among other things SJC is trying to foist its responsibilities for sewer and water onto existing private homeowner-owned systems and trying to get all SJC property owners to pay for Eastsound's storm water system. Even Washington state has to make a few concessions to it's own propaganda.
SJC tries to claim that they are trying to "reduce sprawl" or "provide opportunities for affordable housing," but in the end it's the same old tradition of local governments using existing residents as a cash cow to subsidize the destruction of the things we hold in common. The Stormwater referendum is the first step in ending this scam.