CONDITIONS

 Conditions for the MPR are set out in county ordinance.   There are about 30 conditions.  See #63 which begins on page 10 of the ordinance.

The FSEIS is supposed to fulfill all conditions.  Although DCD declared the FSEIS to be final in 12/15, there are a number of conditions that have not been met.  Following are comments from the Port Gamble S'Klallam letter to the county dated August 9, 2017

  • Ordinance No. 01-0128-08 requires 30 special conditions, including consultation with the Tribes regarding cultural resources, and potentially one kettle preserved as a cultural resource (Ordinance 01-0128-08 (63j)...We do not consider this plan to be acceptable for compensating impacts to cultural and natural resources and we do not in any way consider this to be a preservation of the Kettle.
  • Ordinance No. 01-0128-08 (63 h,i,o,p,q,r) requires a detailed review to ensure that water quality issues are addressed.  In multiple letters to the County, the Tribe has provided comments concerning the potential for water quality degradation from the proposed MPR project for surface and groundwater.  The developer proposes to remove existing trees and vegetation replacing it with impermeable surfaces and landscaping.  The MPR would increase vehicular traffic along highway, roads and parking lots, resulting in water quality impacts in Hood Canal through stormwater runoff, which has an impact on the Tribe's fish and shellfish resources.  The proposed MPR project would be located in an aquifer recharge area and would significantly impact kettle ponds and wetlands, in addition to potentially impacting the adjacent marine waters.
  • Ordinance No. 01-0128-08 (63L) requires the applicant to develop a Wildlife Management Plan focused on non-lethal strategies in the public intereste in consultation with the Department of Fish and Wildlife and local tribes....The contractor that produced the recent Wildlife Management Plan did not do so in consultation with our tribe.

FINANCIAL IMPACTS

  • Jefferson County taxpayers will foot the bill for infrastructure improvements needed for the resort. 
  • A study of destination resorts found that the standard model for a golf-course subdivision-oriented destination resort presents local governments and taxpayers with a substantial net burden that will result either in higher overall taxes or a decrease in the quality of basic services.
    • The study summary states that after subtracting the costs for these services from the gross property and room tax revenue generated only a modest net surplus remained. However, when the cost of capital facilities including roads, schools, fire and police stations, and others is also accounted for, the net cost to local taxpayers is substantial . This is even after accounting for all known payments the resort would be required to make.
  • Four out of five jobs created for the resort will be below the U.S. poverty level.  
    • Poverty level jobs will increase the need for taxpayer funded health and social services.
    • Poverty level jobs will depress wages and benefits for all jobs in the surrounding area.
  • "Affordable housing" will be dormitories for employees, not expanded affordable family housing.