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Bayview property work to be two new homes

Clear-cutting on two 5-acre parcels on Bayview Road have generated a bit of public interest recently. The development is making way for two homes. - Ben Watanabe / The Record
Clear-cutting on two 5-acre parcels on Bayview Road have generated a bit of public interest recently. The development is making way for two homes.
— image credit: Ben Watanabe / The Record

A well-noticed project will have a small impact on traffic on South Whidbey.

Burn piles stacked 20-feet high on a Bayview Road property, across from Deer Lagoon Grange, have drawn the interest of plenty of passersby since clearing of the property began. Even a half-dozen calls were made to Island County’s planning and public works departments, according to one civil engineer.

“It was quite visible from the road, so it got quite a bit of interest,” said Bill Poss, junior civil engineer with Island County Public Works.

“The visibility is quite pronounced. What once was a forested hillside is now pretty open.”

Poss, who answered questions while lead inspector John Bertrand was away on vacation, said the project is a re-issue of a permit from 2007. Ten acres of forest were cleared this summer with plans to build two homes, each on a 5-acre parcel. The property is owned by Ivan Richardson, a Langley resident, who could not be contacted by press time. 

“It isn’t any intense development for a bunch of homes,” Poss said.

Zoned by Island County for rural development, that area is limited to no more than one home per 5 acres.

No public comments were submitted for the re-issued clearing and grading permit, designated CGP 123-12 on permit documents, which was granted in 2012.

“It was all done according to the codes,” Poss said.

 

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