This is the third eBlast detailing information relative to the harvesting of trees in the MPR. This presentation was made by Bill Dean to the Jefferson County Commissioners on July 20. It is hoped this will provide additional background and perspective on this important subject.
At the August 6th PLVC meeting representatives from the County and PLA will be available to listen to your questions and provide updated information on the issue.
Summary: Washington State’s intent for an MPR allows for urban zoning in a rural environment to utilize the natural beauty of the area and provide economic benefits for everyone.
Since 1989, Pope and PLA have demonstrated strong intent to have trees within the MPR remain as an aesthetic enhancement for the community. Now, after 25 years of recorded documents reaffirming that position, PLA has decided to perform tree harvesting.
My name is Bill Dean and I live in Port Ludlow.
Two weeks ago Washington State’s intent for the MPR legislation was outlined for you by Dave McDearmid. Briefly, an MPR allows for urban zoning in a rural environment to utilize the natural beauty of the area and provide economic benefits for everyone.
What has been the intent of the Port Ludlow developers? Let’s take a three minute walk over the last 25 years:
In 1989 – Pope recorded covenants on all of the South Bay area of Port Ludlow that said, in part, “No removal of trees shall take place without approval of the Architectural Control Committee [of SBCA] and that all maintenance of landscaping shall be done to enhance the existing character of South Bay.”
In 1996 – seven years later, Pope recorded covenants on Woodridge Village which required that all vegetation remain in its natural condition.
In 2000 – Four years later, and after exacting legislation of the MPR, the county and Pope signed the development agreement in which “Open Space shall be nmaintained in perpetuity and serve to enhance the aesthetic quality of the MPR.”
In 2003, three years later – the new developer, PLA, recorded covenants on Olympic Terrace Village which specifies “common areas shall remain in natural condition.”
In 2007, four years after that – PLA recorded covenants for Olympic Terrace II Village which maintained the same theme that common areas shall remain in natural condition.
The developer of Port Ludlow, either Pope or PLA, have continuously demonstrated a strong intent to have the trees within the MPR remain an aesthetic enhancement for the community.
In 2015, after 25 years of saying otherwise, that same developer is now saying that all along that was not their intent and that they planned to harvest trees since it was a long standing right. This is just inconsistent with what they recorded time and time again. And it is just wrong. We ask that you Commissioners look at this history to support stopping this activity.
eBlast #3: July 20, 2015