Coho, Cutthroat, or Steelhead Fingerlings? We are often asked whether there are salmonids in Illahee Creek. On Tuesday 9/17/13 a log-jam project was started in Illahee Creek and in one short stretch of the stream a number of fingerlings were removed in a pool near the project. We know they are salmonids, but we are not sure whether they are coho salmon, cut-throat trout, or steelhead trout fingerlings. We will forward this update to some experts who hopefully can identify the species. The photos are of different fingerlings.
New Bird Sighting. We saw a new bird in Illahee, a first for us, what we think is a Red Crossbill, named for the crossed mandibles adapted to extract seeds from cones, which are barely visible from our photo. This bird, and its mate, were seen on a beach walk today.
Kitsap County Planning Commissioners
Subject: Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Update Hearing
Enclosures: (1) Letter to Kitsap County Commissioners re the 2012 Remand, dated June 6, 2012
(2) Resolution 2012-01 “Illahee Community Board Response to 2012 Remand Options,” dated June 5, 2012
1. In accordance with the SMP Update process that solicits public comments, enclosures (1) and (2) are hereby submitted.
2. While the subject matter of both enclosures (1) and (2) refers to the 2012 Comprehensive Plan Remand, the concerns are also with the SMP dual designation of the northern shoreline of the Illahee Community. The dual designation along that stretch of shoreline puts a sensitive conservancy shoreline next to an upland residential area with an urban zoning density of 5-9 homes per acre. How can the county say it is trying to protect a conservancy shoreline area that has a high habitat value when the upland properties are zoned with densities that have proven to be problematic for shoreline habitats?
3. Recommend this inconsistency be corrected either within the Remand process or the SMP Update review process, or both.
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!