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Develpment: Homes belong on Krueger Farm
Congratulations are in order for Island County Commissioners for enforcing the Conservation Futures Funding ordinance as it was written. Hopefully they will stick to their guns.
Friends of Krueger Farm are trying to preserve a portion of ground that is presently on the tax rolls and is contributing funds for Island County to operate and provide much needed services for county residents.
We as Washington residents are so lucky to have a Growth Management Act which has created an artificial shortage of legal building sites throughout the Puget Sound area. This act in turn has raised land prices to the point that anything zoned for residential use is very valuable both to the owner and to our communities for providing much needed housing for young and old citizens alike.
The purpose of the act was to preserve rural land for all to drive by and enjoy. Great idea, but it doesn't keep farmers from filing bankruptcy. It was spearheaded by emotional preservation groups similar to Friends of Krueger Farm and the legislature knuckled under to the pressure and created the monster. This act forced all cities and counties to comply. Consequently there are county zoning laws throughout our state that require only one residential dwelling on 5,10, 35 and 40 acre parcels. It takes pretty deep pockets to buy the land and build a home.
Island County claims to still have affordable housing. Coupeville has no affordable building sites, it does not have adequate multi-family or senior housing. The things that Coupeville does have is an adequate water supply, a good sewer system and all other necessary utilities to create homes for people that want to enjoy living in Island County.
The problem for these people is that the "I've got mine, get yours somewhere else," and "not in my back yard groups have had the ear of our governments.
Hopefully, Krueger Farm will be developed into family housing and not be taken from the tax rolls and thereby causing the county to find the tens of thousands of dollars it would lose somewhere else (read raise your taxes).
It is unfortunate that the present owner has tired of fighting the windmills and the special interest groups that caused him so much grief.
I do not want my Island County tax money spent on a project that would create an even smaller supply of residential property and create an even larger tax burden for the general public.
If Friends of Krueger Farm wants to purchase the property they should reach down into their own pockets and keep their hands out of ours.
There is the option of having every resident leave the island and create a wilderness area.
Larry E. Ogle