We live next to a large collection of junk cars in the Rolling Hills community. Multiple junk cars were towed to this property during the Spring/Summer of 2017. This property is 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.

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.

 

17.03.180 – Land use standards:

M.
Outdoor storage of junk and junk vehicles. The purpose of this subsection is to expand the county’s authority to regulate outdoor storage of junk and junk vehicles. Controlling outdoor storage of junk and eliminating junk vehicles from view will help preserve the safety and rural character and maintain the esthetic value of our neighborhoods in Island County. This subsection shall be liberally construed to implement its purpose.
1.
Outdoor storage of junk vehicles may be permitted in association with, and secondary to, a legally established permitted use. In order for outdoor storage of junk vehicles to be considered secondary the following standards shall be adhered to:
a.
Not more than one (1) junk vehicle may be placed or situated on a parcel that is one (1) acre or less in size.
b.
Not more than two (2) junk vehicles may be placed or situated on parcels that are one (1) to five (5) acres in size.
c.
Not more than five (5) junk vehicles may be placed or situated on a parcel that is greater than five (5) acres in size.
d.
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.
2.
Outdoor storage of junk is subject to the following standards:
a.
Outdoor storage of junk is permitted at a scale and intensity that is commonly associated with, and secondary to, a legally established permitted use; or
b.
At a scale and intensity that exceeds what is commonly associated with and secondary to a permitted use, which may be permitted if all items are completely screened from view through the use of berms, landscaping, fencing and/or existing native vegetation.
3.
The following are exceptions to the above standards:
a.
Storage of junk and/or junk vehicles which is completely enclosed within a legally constructed building.
b.
Outdoor storage of junk vehicles may exceed the thresholds established in subsection M.1. above provided that:
(i)
It is secondary to a legally established permitted use, including agricultural equipment; and
(ii)
All vehicles are completely screened from view through the use of berms, landscaping, fencing and/or existing native vegetation;
c.
Outdoor storage of junk and/or junk vehicles or parts thereof which are stored or parked in a lawful manner on private property in connection with a business of a licensed dismantler or licensed vehicle dealer that is a legally established permitted or conditional use and is fully screened.

 

What we were told by a County Commissioner on Dec 21st, 2017:

“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 car dealership is more than 7 miles away and not in rural residential zoning. The previous property owner also ran the same car dealership:

“He was the owner and operator of O&J Sales on Goldie Road when it was raided by deputies in 2009.”

 

More here:

View Penn Cove water quality using the Dept. of Health map at the bottom of this page.

 

Whidbey Junk Cars and Non-DOD Water Contamination Concerns

 

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

Island County Records Creation Protocols

 

Junk cars photo timeline here:

Penn Cove Watershed

 

Find us on Facebook: Junk Cars – Penn Cove Watershed

Twitter: Junk Cars – Island County

and Rolling Hills Junk Cars

 

 

 

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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?

The Rolling Hills neighborhood is the part of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve where property owners pay fees for permits Re: Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve – yet no standards appear to be in place.

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

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