Becky Spraitzer, Island County’s APZ Czar, recently put forth her version of “facts.”
“Over 1200 properties have lost their ability to use their land as a result of the Navy’s request, so far….with no compensation…and no notification. This loss of land use is a ‘Taking” of property rights for the benefit of the Navy.” Becky Spraitzer, 7 May 2013
Now the Flip Side:
Starting with the first segment of her proclaimation:“Over 1200 properties have lost their ability to use their land.”
“For property within an APZ zone, the ordinance sets restrictions on subdivisions and on uses, specifically those that would result in a number of people congregating at one spot. Uses that are restricted in APZ1, the area with the highest risk, include daycare facilities, schools, veterinary clinics, bed and breakfast facilities, and community gathering places like churches.
Many North Whidbey residents who live within the zone were upset about the restrictions on their property. Spraitzer unsuccessfully challenged the ordinance before the Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board.” Whidbey News Times March 5, 2012
Now the question: What restrictions are North Whidbey residents really upset with? Are they using their property for ANY of the restrictions in APZ1? Is Becky Spraitzer or the 1200 residents trying to set up a daycare facilities, churches, schools, veterinary clinics, bed and breakfasts, or subdivide their property?
Now for the second segment of her proclaimation: “as a result of the Navy’s request, so far….with no compensation…and no notification.”
“McDowell emphasized that the density-regulating ordinance for properties lying within the APZ was not solicited by the Navy. He said the county, when updating its comprehensive plan as required by the Growth Management Act, evaluated the flight patterns and the properties lying within the “racetrack formation.” Whidbey News Times July 3, 2008
Her last sentence: “This loss of land use is a ‘Taking” of property rights for the benefit of the Navy.”
“Although the likelihood of a plane crash within the designated zone is minute, McDowell said it is the county’s duty to account for all contingencies and remove as much risk as possible to protect citizens.
This prevents high density use like churches or daycare centers within the rural zoning. For health and safety, I believe in zoning, he said, adding that the GMA did away with subdivisions and longplats in 1990. You can still have a home. Again, what we’re regulating is high density use.” Whidbey News Times, July 3, 2008