Letter: Time for the Island County Commissioners to push

Editor,

There are discussions of converting 30 acres of rural forest zoned property into an event center for weddings in a forest setting.

There is currently a 27-acre rural center zoned forested property about a mile from where this new temporary event center is proposed. Why pay for commercial property when you can just convert a rural or rural forest zoned piece of property?

While I appreciate the trend toward temporary event centers, the current practice is circumventing the Growth Management Act.

It is allowing groups to turn rural and residential property into defacto commercial property often at the expense of folks that moved here for the serenity of the county.

The Growth Management Act is broken in Island County; unfortunately the state law should not be a one-size-fits-all.

There is currently a shortage of affordable workforce housing, partially due to restrictive GMA requirements. There have been no efforts by our county commissioners to push back on the state to challenge the GMA.

Full disclosure: I am the owner of rural center-zoned property that like many commercial-zoned properties is not developed or in use because there are too many loopholes in the current GMA enforcement.

While Comforts on Whidbey is charming and a welcome addition to our community, it is zoned for up to 19 homes.

It is time for our Island County commissioners to push back on the Growth Management Act and stop circumventing the law for a select few.

Joe Curgus

Clinton

More in Letters to the Editor

Letter: Langley must do more to become disabled friendly

Editor, I want to add my voice to those requesting more consideration… Continue reading

Letter: Will state ferries become service only for wealthy?

Editor, It’s easy for us average people to despair over the enormous… Continue reading

Letter: WhidbeyHealth, Careage provide exceptional care

Editor, I have had surgery at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center and my wife… Continue reading

Letter: Recent clear-cutting on Maxwelton ‘obscene’

Editor, The recent clear-cut abomination on Maxwelton Road near the elementary schools… Continue reading

Letter: Air travel is accelerating human destruction

Editor, My curiosity, followed by a few calculations, led me to a… Continue reading

Letter: Thank you to those who helped put out fire

Editor, On Sunday, July 28, we experienced a residential fire in which… Continue reading

Letter: Ebey’s National Historical Reserve isn’t necessary

Editor, I don’t expect a lot of public support for this, but… Continue reading

Letter: Experience at emergency room was very frustrating

Editor, My first experience in the WhidbeyHealth emergency room was in May… Continue reading

Letter: Offering up a suggestion for reducing anticipated noise

Editor, Fellow islanders, I may have the almost perfect solution for reducing… Continue reading

Most Read