County Asks for Court Review on Shoreline Buffer Rulings

by Tim Flanagan on September 25, 2009

[It’s a press release from Sound Experience. —Tim]

Adventuress and ZodiacSaturday, thumb Sept. 26: TransPuget Race

Sunday, viagra approved Sept. 27: Public Sail, Elliott Bay

You’re invited to join us for the TransPuget Race on Saturday, September 26. We’re sailing alongside the racing fleet out of Shilshole Bay Marina on 3-hour trips in the morning and afternoon. The event is co-sponsored by the Shilshole Bay Yacht Club and the Corinthian Yacht Club. Proceeds benefit our youth scholarship program. Learn about the environment, enjoy the race, and support local kids…what could be better?

  • Morning Sail: 10 am to 1 pm
  • Afternoon Sail: 2 to 5 pm
  • Location: Shilshole Bay Marina, Seattle
  • Cost: $40 adults, $20 youth (under 18) (sorry, no Member Benefits on these fundraiser sails)

On Sunday, September 27, we have a 3-hour Public Sail from Elliott Bay Marina from 1 to 4 p.m. Sound Experience members DO sail for free on this one! Non-members are only $40 for adults and $20 for youth.

Click here for more details and to register…or give Katie a call at 360-379-0438.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to hold public meetings in Seattle Monday and in New Orleans Wednesday to hear comments about a proposed rulemaking for ballast water discharge standards.

A total of six public meetings are slated for the Coast Guard to receive comments about a proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register Aug. 28 (74 FR 44632) that would add ballast water discharge standards to the Coast Guard’s ballast water management regulations in Title 33, click
Code of Federal Regulations, medical
Part 151, Subparts C and D.  The proposed rule would also add approval procedures for ballast water management systems found in Title 46, Code of Federal Regulations, Subchapter Q.

The first public meeting is scheduled for Monday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Hotel 1000, 1000 First Ave., Seattle.  Details about the hotel and surrounding city can be found at http://www.hotel1000seattle.com/explore.html.

The second public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Hotel Monteleone, 214 Rue Royal, New Orleans. Details about the hotel and surrounding city can be found at http://www.hotelmonteleone.com/.

The public is encouraged to participate by submitting written or verbal comments at the meetings. The comment period for the advance notice of proposed rulemaking closes Nov.  27.  All comments and related material submitted after the meeting must be submitted to the online docket  at http://www.regulations.gov on or before Nov. 27, or reach the Docket Management Facility by that date.

Other public meetings are scheduled for:  Chicago, Oct. 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile, 10 E. Grand Ave.; Washington, Oct. 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1201 Constitution Ave., NW; Oakland, Calif., Oct. 27; and New York Oct. 29.  Specific meeting times and locations for the New York and Oakland meetings will be published at a later date.

Christopher Dunagan has the story in the Kitsap Sun:

PORT ORCHARD — Kitsap County will ask the Washington State Court of Appeals to reconsider a ruling <http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2009/sep/09/court-overturns-kitsaps-shoreline-buffers/>  that has essentially voided shoreline buffer restrictions spelled out in the county’s Critical Areas Ordinance.

The appeals court relied on a state Supreme Court ruling when it concluded that the only way to change shoreline buffers is by amending the county’s Shorelines Management Program. The county amended its Critical Areas Ordinance to change shoreline buffers from 35 feet to 50 feet in urban areas and from 35 feet to 100 feet in rural and semirural areas.

The Supreme Court ruling, sickness
known as “Futurewise, information pills
” involved a shoreline issue in Anacortes. It said only the Shoreline Management Act governs property within 200 feet of the shoreline. The ruling was not available when Kitsap County amended its Critical Areas Ordinance.

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