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Photo above is a view from inside the living area of our home. Another vehicle was added on Nov 8th, 2017.

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.

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.

Applicable Island County Code 17.03.180 – Land use standards.

A new owner took over the property in early 2017.

Earlier this year, multiple junk cars were towed to this location.

Public records requests show no site visits or enforcement action by the County Planning Dept. in 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.

We are trying to understand why the previous property owner was issued a Cease and Desist Order, and there is no record of the Planning Dept. making any visit to this property in 2017.

We have gone through all proper channels- to include filing complaints and contacting County Commissioners. We have been patient about allowing time for things to change.

Any potential buyer of our property would surely question this Junk/Salvage Yard operation next door- which can not be permitted in a rural residential zone.

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

Boundary map of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve here.

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.

Typical phrase found on building permit/application signs posted in the Rolling Hills community:

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

Handsome sign here is located across from 3 Sisters Market– facing traffic headed away from Rolling Hills. Why not move it north on Highway 20 so that motorists will have a more accurate idea of where the boundary lies? If residents in Rolling Hills must pay permit fees Re: Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve- seems like they should get credit by placing the sign at the edge of the boundary.

What is the meaning of this seemingly arbitrary National Historical Reserve boundary?

Seems like the bar is set pretty low.

Photo below is a view from inside the living area of our home. Another vehicle was added on Nov 8th, 2017.

If you are required to obtain special permits for construction in Rolling Hills- doesn’t this seem like a weak link?

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The scene here has been transitioning in recent weeks. This property is located within the boundaries of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve and the Penn Cove Watershed.

Aug 16th, 2017- another vehicle is towed in:

Aug 19th, 2017- another vehicle is towed in:

Aug 21st, 2017- another vehicle is towed in:

Aug 29th, 2017- another vehicle is towed in:

Nov 8th, 2017- another vehicle is added:

View from inside the living area of our home:

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Island County is working to clean things up.

In the news:

Stanwood Camano News-

Property rights at root of cleanup issues
Island Co. discusses ‘team approach’ to difficult cases

Whidbey News-Times-

New approaches explored for backlog of county code violations

Sorry, no time for reporters to interview property owners, neighbors, business people, volunteer groups, etc.

 

From comments:

“After reading the article in full, it seems as though the ones who have been violating said code enforcements can just blame it on mental instability , get a big hug and told it’s ok..the tax payers are here for you…hmmph.”

Last time the local paper ran a similar story- it also had a “not much we can do” sort of feel to it:

Property clutter poses problems for county regulators

More here: Can’t Do Anything About the Really Stubborn Violators

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?

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