Letters to the Editor

Development: Admiral's Cove lots questioned

I am writing this letter in regards to the applications for a multi-lot short plat developments in the Admiral’s Cove community. The purpose of writing this letter is to share my concerns relating to several aspects of these applications. I am not questioning the legality of the applications but I am sharing concerns related to the overall project.

One application is for the short platting of 2.71 acres into two lots of 1.29 and .84 acres. The other application is for the short platting of 2.41 acres into three lots of 1.38, .54 and .51 acres. These lots are located in a wetland vicinity and a marine fish and wild life habitat conservation area. I am assuming this short plat application is for the purpose of building a house on each of the lots for a total of five houses. The road is owned by the applicant. However, the Admiral’s Cove community has a permanent agreement of access to the road. According to the provisions of the access agreement, the Admiral’s Cove community has total responsibility for up-keep of the road.

The road represents my first concern for this short plat application. The road is located at the bottom of a steep slope that is not stable. There have been several slides (both small and quite large) over the past six years. The majority of these slides have occurred in the heavy rainstorms and winds of winter. These slides have caused stability damage to the road. The road and its stability were further damaged during the construction of a home. The heavy equipment needed to clear these lots and prepare them for building sites and the heavy equipment needed to construct homes will further damage the road and its stability. Once the five homes have been built the constant traffic of the homeowners will further wear on the road.

My second area of concern is related to the wetlands and wildlife habitat conservation area. At the present time these areas are home to countless birds, waterfowl (both permanent and migratory) and many varieties of small animals. The effect of developing the lots and building the homes will certainly have a negative consequence on the fowl and animals.

My third area of concern relates to the private lake adjacent to this property to be developed. The lake is also the home to a large number of waterfowl, again both permanent and migratory, and had been stocked with fish several years ago. Five homes this close to the lake will certainly add pollutants to the lake water.

The deadline for sharing statements or concerns with Island County is Wednesday, Nov. 20. I urge any residents of Admiral’s Cove who agree with my feelings to write letters to: M Hall c/o Island County Community Development Division, PO Box 5000, Coupeville, WA 98239.

Lynn Sterns

Admiral’s Cove

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