We live next to a large collection of junk cars located within the boundaries of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.

The previous property owner was issued Island County Cease and Desist Order: Case No. 025/14 dated 2/19/15 for storage of junk cars. This Cease and Desist Order indicates several reasons why junk car storage can not be permitted in this residential neighborhood.

A new owner took over the property in early 2017.

For months now- we have been trying to understand why the previous property owner was issued a Cease and Desist Order, while public records requests show no site visits or enforcement action by the County Planning Dept. in 2017. We started asking about this during the summer of 2017.

From Cease and Desist Order Case No. COV 025/14:

Page 2 of 4 C. No Junk/Salvage yard can be permitted in a Rural Residential Zone.

Page 2 of 4 D. No more than one junk vehicle can be stored on a lot less than one acre in size.

We received an e-mail from one of our County Commissioners on Dec 21st, 2017. Bold type below indicates information contained in this e-mail:

“Yes, there was a cease and desist posted a few years ago.  Since then, the ownership of the land changed hands.”

The current property owner “…owns a car dealership…”

“The code states that if the cars are tied to a sales business and the vehicles are fully screened from the street, it is legal.”

There is no legally established permitted use at this property. A fence may be used to cover up vehicles secondary to a legally established permitted use.

The business described above is located elsewhere in Island County.

The business described above is more than 7 miles away. How long would it take to walk from here to there?

Is the business described above located in a Rural Residential Zone?

Is it OK to use a business license at a remote property to export junk cars for storage into a Rural Residential Zone?

Is it OK to use a business license at a remote property to export junk cars into the boundaries of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

Island County Cease and Desist Order Case No. 025/14 dated 2/19/15 for storage of junk cars:

Page 3 of 4 I. Minimum parcel size for home industry is 2.5 acres. In order to operate home industry on parcel- owner must be full-time resident.

There is no permitted residence on this parcel.

The lot in question is less than one acre in size.

County Code 17.03.180 – Land use standards:

“Outdoor storage of junk vehicles may be permitted in association with, and secondary to, a legally established permitted use.”

Island County Cease and Desist Order: Case No. 025/14 dated 2/19/15 tells us that there is no legally established permitted use at this property. 

“…if the cars are tied to a sales business…”

County Code 17.03.180 – Land use standards makes no mention of a sales business.

Cars that are sold go home with new owners. They aren’t dumped off in some neighborhood miles down the road near Penn Cove.

 

Why is the Rolling Hills community included in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

What services do Rolling Hills residents receive in exchange for permit fees Re: Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

 

“Screening is generally viewed from the public right of way, for enforcement purposes. The fence in this case goes from the front of his property all the way back to the trees. Before (name of property owner) obtained ownership of the land, it was owned by a man that did not have a dealership, and that is when the cease and desist was placed.”

There is no legally established permitted use at this property. A fence may be used to cover up vehicles secondary to a legally established permitted use.

 

The property was last owned by a man that did not have a dealership?

The previous owner also ran the same car dealership.

2017 Public Records requests show no indication that the County Health Dept. has verified that vehicles have had all batteries and fluids properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.

Background info here: Island County – Junk Cars

Related:

Hard to Get a Straight Answer

Public Records Request – How Many Junk Cars?

Public Records Request – Fence on North Side?

Public Records Request – All Batteries and Fluids Properly Removed?

Email to State Senator Bailey

Island County Junk Vehicle Mystery How did this photo get into Island County files?

Penn Cove – Storm Water Runoff Project

Junk Cars in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

Penn Cove Watershed

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Cold Case Files of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

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