June 21, 2017

The Okanogan County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on June 21, 2017, Chairman Commissioner Jim DeTro, Commissioner Chris Branch, Commissioner Andy Hover, and Laleña Johns, Clerk of the Board present.

Commissioners convened the board at 9:00 a.m.

Discussion Shoreline Master Plan Work Session-Perry Huston
Perry Huston, Angie Hubbard, Albert Lin, and members of the public Gina McCoy and Bryon DePlace

Director Huston observed and recommended the board go ahead and tidy up the definitions of Setback, Wetland Buffer and Vegetation management area.

DOE Lenard Jordon is coming on June 28 and that meeting could be with the commissioners to go over the progress and different definitions. Director stated we have some Latitude to amend the document but there is a fine line we not go over and if we do we must go back out for public comment. It is DOE’s document at this point and if we make significant changes at this time it will start a public process over again.

Commissioners reviewed the maps for Methow. Ms. Hubbard provided the SMP document section 3.2.5. Attached. She projected the maps via projector so everyone could see. Also provided, was the Staff report for the Shoreline Characterization Changes.

The Commissioners asked questions about in-kind. Director Huston replied that mitigation plans must be in place to offset impacts. Most of those were discussed as on site approach.

Commissioners need to decide what they really wish to drill in on. Does the board wish to review designations?

Commissioner Branch moved to change the rural to natural on the east side of the river in the section along the Methow River where it is designated as rural. The motion was not seconded. Director Huston stated the board discusses a lot of things but without an objective the discussion leads nowhere. He encouraged the board to lend some direction to the discussion and if they are not interested in changing the designations then there is no point discussing it. Commissioner Branch said no review of the designations right now, but rather review the setbacks against the rural designations and understand that first. The designations and use chart would be compared and then if inconsistencies are found on how they are applied then address it. Director Huston stated the Shoreline Master Plan doesn’t apply to all areas of the county. Commissioner Hover wants to know if the document needs to include more regulations or not. Commissioner Branch stated the document needs work in order to address the comments from DOE and the public and we are going to be sued anyway. Commissioner Hover believes the conversation must happen to address the comments.

Shoreline Development Standards were discussed. The 50’ set back is in accordance with vegetation management area concurrent with the shoreline. Commissioners Hover set up several scenarios along the river so he could follow the process some would need to follow. What is the most regulatory law that would apply and the challenges involved. It depends on where the property is located as some areas fall under different laws.

Commissioners discussed area and reviewed the map setbacks and development standard chart and use chart along the Methow River to see where the setbacks lay against residences already along the river.

Ms. McCoy commented on several areas with most of her concern lying within areas where the river moved around a lot. Allowing for all kinds of exceptions and then when a house goes into the wrong place then the water is the looser and dreadful stuff happens. Mr. DePlace commented about the flood areas.

Motion Executive Session RCW 42.30.110 (1) (i)
Commissioner Hover moved to go into executive session at 12:20 for 15 minutes inviting Albert Lin and Perry Huston to discuss current litigation matters. Motion was seconded, all were in favor, motion carried.

Commissioners adjourned the meeting at 2:00 p.m.