Fallen Trees 99 and 100. We went for a brief walk in the Preserve today and were happy to report we only found two trees down across the trails, but still means 100 trees came down since last Thanksgiving, and will likely be cleared either Wednesday or at daybreak on Thanksgiving day.
I felt that the hearing went very well. I explained that most neighbors in the immediate vicinity or within the fall zone of a cell tower, can be refused an FHA loan. That is 26 per cent of all mortgage loans. HUD has strict guidelines and cell towers are called nuisances and hazards. This may affect home values in the area. This can also make it difficult to sell your home if you need to secure an FHA loan.
The Department of Community Development was not aware of this most serious detail. Verizon, the cell tower proponent, did not know this either. Now it will be up to the Hearings Examiner to go through all the facts presented to see if they have merit.
Also, Department of Community Development completely omitted the adjacent property to the south in the proposal, which would be most affected by the 125 ft. monopole. This family, owners of the 3 ½ acre adjoining parcel, are in jeopardy of losing their home if the tower ever fell. It appears that sometimes those most affected have such little voice when it comes to these hearings. That is the great thing about Illahee, neighbors look out for each other and attend these hearings to express their thoughts.
The major issue to this hearing was that Verizon failed to prove that they did an active search for alternative locations in an industrial or commercial zone, where Kitsap County prefers to locate these facilities according to Kitsap County Codes.
Additionally, Steven Chafee, an Illahee neighbor, came to make testimony at the hearing. He presented some good facts about cell towers to the examiner and expressed his concerns about the proposed project as a concerned neighbor.
Stayed tuned for the outcome and although it is hard to make change, the voice is a powerful thing!
Happy Thanksgiving! Wishing you a great Thanksgiving!