HOW TO COMMENT
WHY TO COMMENT
- Everyone has different concerns about the MPR. Each person’s comments are uniquely helpful to point out issues.
- Comments are used as the basis of appeals to county decisions.
- County Commissioners and Planning Commissioners count pro and con comments, much like voting.
HOW TO COMMENT
You can write to the county or you can testify at meetings and submit a written copy of your testimony. Email comments to DCD (PCHARNAS@co.jefferson.wa.us),county commissioners (firstname.lastname@example.org) , and county attorney (email@example.com).
· It’s helpful to have a support person or group if you are speaking.
· If you are going to speak, write out your comments.
You will have 3 minutes to speak. Rehearse and time your comments
Turn in a written copy of your comments so they become part of the public record.
You can attached longer documents to your comments so they become part of the record.
Keep a copy for yourself and for questions from the media.
Ask us for advice when in doubt (firstname.lastname@example.org).
IS IT A HEARING OR A MEETING?
There are 2 kinds of meetings at which you can testify
You can comment at any regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and of the county Planning Commission (PC).
The BOCC has public comment from 9 to 9:30 am each of the first four Mondays of the month. Their schedule is here.
The PC has public comment during each meeting. Their schedule is here
You can testify at official hearings of the BOCC and PC.
o These will be announced beforehand. We will send out notices of these hearings.
o Comments at a hearing are officially recorded and form the basis of appeals and lawsuits.
o Know what the deadline is for comments (ask us at email@example.com).
o Repetitive form letters are discarded.
o Comments given in person are powerful.
o Written comments are also powerful.
o You can submit more than one comment;
o Submit comments you have made before in non –hearing meeting so that they become part of the official record.
We can help with verifying facts used in comments (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Here is a sample letter you can send to the Board of County Commissioners or to a newspaper (or use to refute a letter that supports the resort). Here is a Word version. Please contact us at email@example.com if you want information to expand any of the points or to add additional points. Please send us a copy at that address, as Jefferson County "loses" documents opposing the resort. We'll make sure letters are in the public record.
Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I oppose the current plan for development on Black Point for the following reasons:
- The MPR will damage or destroy the only aquifer on Black Point by
- injecting water from sewage treatment back into the aquifer
- destroying a kettle which is part of the aquifer recharge area
- drawing down the unique aquifer, which can cause salt water intrusion in homeowner wells
- Taxpayers will pay for infrastructure and public services. Research shows even when tax revenues begin, later in the construction phases, the revenues do not pay for infrastructure costs.
- Traffic will increase by up to 4100 car trips a day. This will not only create congested traffic, but will pollute Hood Canal with copper and zinc. It will increase the nitrogen problems and dead zones in the Canal.
- Four out of five jobs will be poverty level. This will depress wages and benefits in other local jobs.
- Environmental damage will include harm to water quality in Hood Canal, to the Duckabush shellfish beds, to wetlands, and to wildlife. The golf course will require excessive water and chemicals to maintain.
- Conditions set for the development require consultation with local Tribes, since this is their Usual and Customary Hunting and Fishing Grounds. The site is culturally significant to local Tribes. Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe is not satisfied with the consultation efforts that have taken place.