July 28, 2017 Whidbey News-Times: New approaches explored for backlog of county code violations

“Brazier’s only been on the job three months and another code enforcement officer was just hired.”

March 6, 2018 Whidbey News-Times: Island County improves code enforcement

“Even with the 25 years of experience I have in this line of work, I always like to learn new stuff,” said John Brazier, code enforcement planner.

“Brazier said now he is usually able to respond to a complaint within 24 hours.”

“However, among public health and environmental concerns, he said many of the codes are in place to ensure Whidbey Island continues to be a desirable place to visit and live.”

“The codes are here for a reason,” he said. “Let’s face it, we live in a beautiful part of the state.”

Love to see newspeople get out and interview property owners, neighbors, business people, real estate agents, volunteer groups, etc.

Looks like the paper relies only on input from county employees to prepare stories related to junk cars in the community.

 

Background:

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.

Applicable Island County Code 17.03.180 – Land use standards:

“Junk vehicles shall have all batteries and fluids properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.”

We made public records requests and were able to determine that no procedures exist for inspecting junk cars to verify that all batteries and fluids have been properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.

We were able to determine that the Island County Health Department has never found any junk vehicle, anywhere in the county, anytime in the past 5 years that was in violation of code.

2/19/15

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

A few questions for local newspeople:

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

This is the portion of the reserve that will not show up on promotional websites, brochures, kiosks, school field trips, etc.

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

Does ELNHR attempt to maintain any standards in the Rolling Hills community?

More here: Junk Cars in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

 

Detailed Timeline and Results of Public Records Requests on this Rolling Hills property here:

Island County Records Creation Protocols

 

 

 

 

 

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