Westside San Juan property owners mull different spot for community dock; county withdraws DNS

A change in plans at the former San Juan Island westside resort known a Mar Vista prompted San Juan County to withdraw its determination of non-significance on a proposal by the property owners to build a community dock.

According to a legal notice from the Community Development and Planning Department, the DNS was withdrawn because substantial changes have to be made to the proposal to move the dock to a different location than originally intended. After a new location is selected, a new environmental checklist will be required, followed by a new threshold determination and comment period.DNS

Previous plans called for a 271-foot dock that would accommodate up to six boats and that would be located in a pocket beach near the mouth of False Bay, on the westside of San Juan Island. The property owner, Orca Dreams, a limited liability corporation founded by Dave and Nancy Honeywell, applied for a dock permit March 28; the county issued its DNS May 21.

A threshold determination is required of projects that need of a shoreline substantial development permit, such as a dock, in accordance with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). A determination of non-significance means a proposal poses no significant adverse impact to the environment.


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