Journal of the San Juan Islands


Criticism of CAO short on specifics | Letters

March 27, 2013 · 9:56 AM

In response to Mr. Ibold’s letter ("Litmus test for election? The CAO", March 25, sanjuanjournal.com) I want to ask what exactly is the “debacle” with the Critical Areas Ordinance update?

I would appreciate Mr. Ibold giving specific examples. I recall his concerns being specific to agricultural activities in critical areas and the label of non-conforming. The critical areas ordinance update addresses these concerns.

Contrary to a lot of misinformation, the critical areas ordinance update addressed citizens’ concerns while complying with state law. If we are going to actually debate the critical areas ordinance update, rather than characterizing it with inaccurate generalizations, let’s base our discussion on the facts.

I am proud to have been a member of the previous, well-functioning council that finalized a contentious, almost 10-year-critical areas ordinance update adoption process, that addressed long-standing solid waste program issues, and that kept the budget balanced and implemented reserve funds during the "Great Recession".

Lovel Pratt/San Juan Island

— Editor's note: Lovel Pratt is a candidate for San Juan County Council, District 1.



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