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August 4, 2019 Email
The Jefferson County Commissioners have adopted the an amendment (below) to the Pleasant Harbor MPR development agreement. As a result of our lawsuit, Judge Olson ruled that the amenities that qualify it as an MPR, including the golf course, have to be completed in the first phase of construction, along with the highway improvements. The county had originally allowed the developer to build some condos and a drain field and then had given him 45 years to add the other elements of the MPR.
We feel that additional legal appeals will not add substantially to what we've gained. The ball is now in the developer's court to actually move forward.
Please let us know any questions or comments that you have. Feel free to visit our August events and talk with us there, too.
We will be at the Seabeck Conference Center with a presentation on the geological history of Hood Canal (Was the Ice Really a Mile Thick?) August 15 at 6:30 pm.
We will be at Whitney Gardens in Brinnon August 25 from 11 am to 3 pm...with local musicians, brats and sauerkraut, bake sale, silent auction...
Thank you for all your support.
We continue to collect donations to pay off the last legal bills.
Join Us August 25 from 11 am - 3 pm at Whitney Gardens
Local musicians, brats and sauerkraut, silent auction, bake sale, and more.
Celebrate Brinnon is sponsored by the Brinnon Group. All proceeds go to legal fees for appeals that upgraded the master planned resort on Black Point.
About the Brinnon Group
The Brinnon Group began informally in 2001 and incorporated as a 501 c (3) in 2008. The Brinnon Group is dedicated to sensible development consistent with our rural character.
About Whitney Gardens
More than 20,000 people from all over the world visit Whitney Gardens each year. Some return annually to share stories, see new additions to the garden and get reacquainted. Whitney Gardens is adjacent to the Dosewallips River where it fans out into Hood Canal. The 7-acre gardens feature plants, shrubs, water features, and trees determined by the University of Washington Department of Horticulture to be the oldest living specimens in the state.
GROWTH MANAGEMENT HEARINGS BOARD PETITION (BRINNON GROUP)
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LAND USE PETITION TO KITSAP COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT (BRINNON GROUP)
STATESMAN RESPONSE (LUPA)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What is an MPR?
A Master Planned Resort (MPR) isn’t whatever a developer wants to build. It is defined by both state law (RCW 36.70A.360) and Jefferson County ordinance (18.15.025).
An MPR must have self-contained, integrated facilities, focused on a range of recreational facilities. Permanent residences are allowed only if they support onsite recreation. The emphasis is on short stay.
2. What are important details about the Pleasant Harbor MPR proposal?
It is located on Black Point, on about 250 acres, adjacent to the Pleasant Harbor Marina, which the developer also owns.
There is one aquifer for Black Point and wells already are experiencing salt water intrusion.
The completed MPR will have 890 units. At least one building will be 4 stories high.
The MPR will add more than 2000 people per day to Brinnon.
The MPR will add up to 4100 car trips a day on highway 101.
80% of employees will be paid below the poverty level.
The resort will not add to the affordable housing in Brinnon. A dormitory will house seasonal staff and they will pay up to 30% of their wages to stay there.
The MPR will harm shellfish and other aquatic life in Hood Canal, both through in increase of traffic emissions and pollution from the MPR itself.
3. Are MPRs generally economically successful?
The Washington State report on MPRs states:
After reviewing North American resort and recreational projects over a 30-year span, some resort industry leaders estimated that as few as 10 percent were profitable for the original developer. (page 10).
The guide describes areas that have set specific investment targets for developers and recommends that counties ensure that developers have the experience and financial capability to carry out the development.
Jefferson County has refused to ask the developer to provide this information, despite many requests from the public.
4. What is the current status of the MPR?
The development agreement has been amended. As a result of our lawsuit, Judge Olson ruled that the amenities that qualify it as an MPR, including the golf course, have to be completed in the first phase of construction, along with the highway improvements. The county had originally allowed the developer to build some condos and a drain field and then had given him 45 years to add the other elements of the MPR.
5. What will be the impact on taxes?
Some people believe that it will reduce their property taxes, because more people in Jefferson County will be paying for county expenses. However, to know the true cost you need both income and expenditure figures.
The county has refused to do an analysis of the revenue and costs to taxpayers from the MPR, despite being asked by citizens many times.
An Oregon study of a similar development concludes:
In conclusion, local governments and local taxpayers will be left with a net cost burden of $45.94 million if the Thornburgh Resort is fully completed as proposed. This is a net cost after the resort has been credited for all known payments and tax revenues it will generate. The $45.94 million cost will be externalized and will ultimately be borne by other taxpayers (not the resort) through some combination of higher taxes, reduced public services, and lower facility service standard
The development agreement approved by Jefferson County transfers costs to taxpayers in a number of ways. For example, there will be considerable damage to Hood Canal from increased traffic emissions (4000+ extra vehicle trips a day). Taxpayers will pay to protect and to restore the Canal and its fish and shellfish.
6. What would real economic development in South County look like?
During the 1994-95 process to update the 1982 Community Plan, the first such plan for Brinnon, the Planning Committee gathered survey results and comments in order to create a profile of the community. The essential theme echoed by residents was the importance of maintaining the rural character of Brinnon. As before, respondents favored the development or improvement of single- family residences, convenience stores, retail and service businesses, agricultural and/or aquaculture production, marina operation and boat launches, and the expansion of parks and other public areas.
JEFFERSON COUNTY ACTIONS
HERE IS THE FINAL SEIS (FSEIS):