Property rights advocates angry over county’s shorelines plan

PORT ORCHARD — Kitsap County’s proposed Shoreline Management Master Program reaches far beyond regulations needed to protect the environment, and it threatens to violate personal property rights, according to several people who spoke during a hearing this week on the plan.

William Palmer, president of Kitsap Alliance of Property Owners, told the Kitsap County commissioners Monday to send the proposed shorelines plan back to the drawing board. “Rather than do the analytic work to assess whether or not the existing regulations are effective in achieving the new ‘no-net-loss’ standard, Kitsap County went whole hog to create an ordinance, and thereby regulations, for which there is no demonstrable need,” said Palmer, who said he also was speaking for the Kitsap County Association of Realtors.

Palmer said the county has not shown with credible science that new buffers are needed to protect the shorelines, and the one-size-fits-all approach does not take into consideration varying conditions along the shoreline.

Read the full Kitsap Sun article here



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