Testimony of Jackie Rossworn at the Kitsap County Planning Commission SMP Hearing

Who can really understand such bizarre regulations required by DoE.  I have to have a 25% viewing  corridor through trees and bushes for the public?  When did my backyard become PUBLIC? I’m sure the PUBLIC would like to see into your backyard!  No more than a 5 foot wide path to the shore?  AND we haven’t even begun to talk about theeconomic fallout.

One other important thing.  In less than one year 25,761,000 gallons of sewage has been dumped into Puget Sound waters by our cities.  I as a waterfront property owner think that is totally unacceptable and demand my electeds and DoE start taking care of the real problems and quit wasting millions if not billions of my tax dollars on non-science regulations and land theft.

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Good Evening Commissioners:

My name is Jackie Rossworn; I am the Executive Director for Kitsap Alliance of Property Owners. I am also a 34 year waterfront homeowner in Kitsap County

I was a litigant (along with many neighbors) against the WASHINGTON State Ferry System  (WSF) over shoreline damage caused by the Chinook Class Fast Foot Ferries in the 1990s.  WSF had to make restitution to homeowners for repair of structural damages but not shoreline environmental damages. After 12 years the shorelines are close to what they were except for Bull kelp restoration. EEL grass has returned and the beaches are again alive. (Verified by qualified scientist)

As responsible shoreline owners my neighborhood also worked very hard to apply for and get sewers in our area in the 1990’s.  It was very expensive but very much the right thing to do for our shorelines.

Also around the same time, or a little after, we donated our watershed (over 25 acres) to Kitsap County and it was place into conservancy. We support a very wide range of wild life as it joins up to additional acreage for a total of 52 acres in conservancy.

Now you have some history on waterfront property owners.  There are many neighborhoods like mine out there who do many things to improve our environments on the shoreline.  We have more than proven our ability to protect Puget Sound.  We have always thought of ourselves as good Stewards of our land.  Why would we want to have a sewer out our backdoor?

The Dept of Ecology (DoE) seems to think otherwise.  Some of your board members think otherwise. Some up-land owners think otherwise and some of our Commissioners think otherwise.  What the shoreline owners want is the Scientific Proof not just maybes and guesses and hearsay.

It is the job of our boards and County Commissioners to protect its citizens against the over reaching arm of government. By singling out a minority group their credibility diminishes.  Even at best it is wrong for our Dept of Community Development (DCD) to do more than the very minimum requirements of DoE.  The idea of taking of any part of a property owner’s bundle of rights should make you quiver in your shoes.  After all, when you leave office you could be next.

But even worse is the fact that you could be putting your neighbor in jail for gross misdemeanors, fines, criminal records, followed by possible job loss or any other pitfalls could be perpetrated on an unsuspecting homeowner.  Of course, you can always say that ignorance of the “LAW” is no excuse.

Who can really understand such bizarre regulations required by DoE.  I have to have a 25% viewing  corridor through trees and bushes for the public?  When did my backyard become PUBLIC? I’m sure the PUBLIC would like to see into your backyard!  No more than a 5 foot wide path to the shore?  AND we haven’t even begun to talk about the economic fallout.

One other important thing.  In less than one year 25,761,000 gallons of sewage has been dumped into Puget Sound waters by our cities.  I as a waterfront property owner think that is totally unacceptable and demand my electeds and DoE start taking care of the real problems and quit wasting millions if not billions of my tax dollars on non-science regulations and land theft.

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One response to “Testimony of Jackie Rossworn at the Kitsap County Planning Commission SMP Hearing

  1. Jean Bradford

    Good job, Jackie!!

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