County to enter mediation with PLA



As you may recall, on May 7, 2015 the County sent a letter to PLA stating that PLA’s timber harvesting last year and this spring in the MPR-SFT and MPR-OSR zones within the Port Ludlow Master Planned Resort (MPR) was in violation of applicable land use restrictions and proposed certain remedial measures. PLA responded by letter on May 19, arguing that the timber harvesting was not illegal and initiating the dispute resolution process set forth in the May 2000 Development Agreement between the County and PLA’s predecessor-in-interest (Pope). After certain negotiations between the County and PLA did not resolve the dispute, the County decided to retain the services of Patrick Schneider, a prominent land use attorney in Seattle, to advise the County on various legal issues.

Mr. Schneider advised the County of his opinions on those issues in late August. Last Tuesday, September 8, the county commissioners voted unanimously to proceed to the next step in the dispute resolution process, namely, mediation.  On Monday of this week, September 14, the commissioners voted unanimously to hire Mr. Schneider to represent the county in the mediation with PLA.  As we understand it, the timing for selection of a mediator and scheduling of the mediation sessions has not yet been determined.

We regard the County’s decisions to proceed to mediation with PLA and to hire Mr. Schneider for that purpose as positive developments for the County and for the Port Ludlow community. We will endeavor to keep you advised of further developments as that information becomes available.

Ad Hoc Committees on Timber Harvesting – Chairs

                 *Bill Dean (PLVC)   *Dave Jurca (SBCA)*     *Dave McDearmid (LMC)*

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