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Whidbey Realtors draft more detailed noise disclosure
Whidbey Island Realtors have drafted a more detailed noise disclosure after some homebuyers claimed they weren’t properly warned about Navy jet noise.
The Navy suspended operations at Outlying Field Coupeville in May, but announced plans to resume practices Jan. 6, to the chagrin of jet noise opponents on Central Whidbey.
In response to residents’ complaints about what they maintain was a lack of disclosure about jet noise, the Island County Board of Commissioners directed Planning Director David Wechner to draft a memo concerning the county’s ordinances about aircraft noise.
Wechner, hired to the position in July, said he found the county has two noise disclosures in its code.
One disclosure is in the county building code. The other is in the “Airport and Aircraft Operations Noise Disclosure Ordinance,” and is to be used for real estate transactions.
Currently, local real estate agents give prospective home buyers a shorter version of the building code disclosure that was copywritten by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.
“It has been brought to the county’s attention that the Northwest Multiple Listing Service copyrighted a document in 2001 titled Form 22W, apparently used by some real estate agents in Island County as a noise disclosure statement,” Wecher wrote in a memo to the commissioners.
“This department does not have involvement in the daily activity of the real estate market, nor is this department aware of what disclosures are being provided by the real estate community in real estate transactions,” he wrote.
“However,” he said, “it appears the copy of Form 22W provided to this office does not contain both required disclosure statements, nor cite applicable county code.”
Whidbey Island Assoc-iation of Realtors met Friday morning to review and discuss a newly-drafted noise ordinance addressing concerns of both Island County and its residents, said Jason Joiner, government affairs director for the association.
Joiner said Friday the association worked with the Multiple Listing Association to come up with a new form that includes language from both of the county’s existing noise disclosures and cites corresponding code.
In a statement, the association states that it is the aim of local Realtors “to ensure that the noise disclosure from utilized by our members, and other licensees, is in compliance with Island County code.”