It is time to make yourselves heard: See the hearing notice below.
the full ordinance can be found at:
Note that the ordinance as proposed will require any ORV area to be 2000 feet from any dwelling. This will eliminate about half of Reiter as I read the ordinance.
President NW Quad Assn
425 424 3451
SNOHOMISH COUNTY COUNCIL
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASHINGTON
NOTICE OF INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCE
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Snohomish County Council will hold a PUBLIC HEARING on January 18, 2006 at the hour of 10:30 a.m. in the Henry M. Jackson Board Room, 8th Floor, County Administration Building East, 3000 Rockefeller, Everett, Washington to consider the Planning Commission’s recommendations and proposed Ordinance No. 05-146, relating to off-road vehicle use areas; amending Snohomish County Code (SCC) to add a new Section 30.22.110; amending scc 30.22.130; amending scc 30.27.060; amending Chapter 30.28 SCC 30.28.080; amending Chapter 30.91o scc to add new Sections 30.91o.005, 30.91o.006, 30.91o.007, and 30.91o.050
Summary of the proposed action:
The proposed code amendments will allow for development of off-road vehicle use areas on lands in the Forestry and Recreation zone that are designated Forestry on the Future Land Use Map (FLUM) with an approved conditional use permit. This proposal creates new provisions regulating the development of off-road vehicle use areas and includes the addition of related definitions. Currently, off-road vehicle use areas are not addressed in the zoning code. The Planning Commission made a recommendation on the ordinance at a public hearing on December 9, 2003.
Summary of proposed ordinance:
Section 1. Adopts recitals as findings and makes additional findings A-H.
Section 2. Outlines conclusions A-H based on the entire record before the planning commission and the county council, including all testimony and exhibits.
Section 3. Amends Snohomish County Code Section 30.22.110, Rural and Resource Zone Categories: Use Matrix adopted by Amended Ordinance No. 05-094 on September 14, 2005 to list “off-road vehicle use area, private” as a conditional use in the Forestry and Recreation zone and includes a reference to a related note in SCC 30.22.130, Reference notes for use matrix that clarifies that the property must also be designated Forestry on the FLUM and which also provides references to other relevant code sections.
Section 4. Amends SCC 30.27.060, adopted by Amended Ordinance No. 02-064 on December 9, 2002, to provide new provisions for the number, size and design of signs in off-road vehicle use areas.
Section 5. Adds a new section SCC 30.28.080, Off-road vehicle (ORV) use areas outlining authorization and minimum locational and size requirements.
Section 6. A new section is added to Chapter 30.28 SCC in SCC 30.28.085 Off-road vehicle (ORV) use area that outlines submittal requirements and development standards for ORV use areas including site and operations plan requirements and allowances for site plan alterations.
Section 7. Amends SCC 30.22.130, last amended by Amended Ordinance No. 05-094 on September 14, 2005, to provide development requirements. These include the allowance for development of private off road vehicle use areas on Forestry and Recreation (F&R) zoned property designated Forest on the comprehensive plan future land use map (FLUM) with approval of a conditional use permit. This provision provides notice that these areas shall be identified by an F&R ORV suffix on the zoning map and makes references to other code sections regulating ORV use areas including SCC 30.28.080, SCC 30.28.085 other applicable county codes.
Section 8. A new section is added to Chapter 30.91O SCC in SCC 30.91O.005 to define “Off-road vehicle (ORV) use area, private” to mean the entire area of a parcel of land and approved buffer areas posted or designated for use in accordance with rules adopted by a managing authority. ORV use areas are planned, permitted and managed specialized recreational areas that serve more than an immediate family living on the site. An ORV use area may include trailheads, parking, information kiosks, loading/unloading ramps, dispersed trail system, trail courses, campgrounds, picnic areas and shelters, refuse collection areas, restroom facilities, signage, lighting, caretaker or manager’s house, administrative/concession structures that do not exceed 900 square feet, maintenance storage areas, and incidental accessory features such as fencing, phone booths and water fountains.
Section 9. A new section is added to Chapter 30.91O SCC to define SCC 30.91O.006 “Off-road vehicle trail” to mean a corridor designated and maintained for recreational travel by off-road vehicles. Such trails are not normally suitable for travel by conventional two-wheel drive vehicles and are posted or designated by the managing authority of the property to permit ORV travel.
Section 10. A new section is added to Chapter 30.91O SCC to define SCC
30.91O.007 “Off-road vehicle” to mean any self-propelled motor driven vehicle not used primarily for transporting persons or property upon public highways not required to be licensed under RCW 46.16.010. “Off-road vehicle” shall not include special construction vehicles. Such vehicles generally include, but are not limited to any motorized vehicle used for recreational travel on trails and non-highway roads or for recreation cross-country travel including two, three, or four-wheel vehicles, motorcycles, four-wheel drive vehicles, and dune buggies. Snowmobiles shall not be included in this definition.
Section 11. A new section is added to Chapter 30.91O SCC in SCC 30.91O.050 to define SCC “Organized competitive event” to mean any off-road vehicle competition, advertised in advance through written notice to organized clubs or published in local newspapers, sponsored by recognized clubs, and conducted at a pre-determined time and place. No organized competitive event shall require conversion of forest land for the purpose of spectator seating.
Section 12. Contains a severability clause.
State Environmental Policy Act: To comply with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) on this proposal, the County signed a Determination of Nonsignificance on October 30, 2003, and published it on November 2, 2003. Copies of all applicable SEPA documents are available at the office of the County Council.
Where to Get Copies of Proposed Ordinance: Copies of the full ordinance, complete UDC text and other documentation are available in the office of the County Council. They may be obtained by calling (425) 388-3494, 1-(800) 562-4367 x3494, TDD (425) 388-3700 or E-mail to County.Council@co.snohomish.wa.us. Copies may be picked up at the Council office at 3000 Rockefeller, Everett, WA or will be mailed upon request.
Website Access: The ordinance, complete UDC text and other documents can be accessed through the county council website at: www.co.snohomish.wa.us/council you may also access the documents through the Planning and Development Services website at: www.co.snohomish.wa.us/pds
Public Testimony: At the time and place indicated above, the County Council will be accepting public testimony. The County Council may continue the hearing to another date to allow additional public testimony thereafter, if deemed necessary. Anyone interested may testify concerning the above described matter. Written testimony is encouraged and may be sent to the office of the County Council at the following address: Snohomish County Council, 3000 Rockefeller MS - 609, Everett, WA 98201. Faxed documents may be sent to (425) 388-3496 or E-mail to County.Council@co.snohomish.wa.us.
Party of Record: You may become a party of record on this matter by sending a written request to the Clerk of the County Council at the above address, testifying at the public hearing, or entering your name and address on a register provided for that purpose at the public hearing.
Range of Possible Actions the County Council May Take on These Proposals: At the conclusion of its public hearing(s) the County Council will take one or a combination of the following actions: (1) adopt an ordinance reflecting the Planning Commission’s recommendation; (2) amend the Planning Commission’s recommendation and adopt an ordinance reflecting such amendment; (3) decline to adopt the Planning Commission’s recommendation; (4) remand in whole or in part to the Planning Commission for further consideration; (5) adopt such other proposals as were considered by the Council at its own hearing; or (6) take any other action permitted by law.
American Disabilities Act Notice: Accommodations for persons with disabilities will be provided upon request. Please make arrangements one week prior to the hearing by calling Barbara Sikorski at (425) 388-3494, 1(800) 562-4367 X3494, or TDD # 388-3700.
Dated this 5th day of January, 2006
SNOHOMISH COUNTY COUNCIL
Snohomish County, Washington
Barbara Sikorski CMC
Asst. Clerk of the Council
PUBLISH: January 8, 2006
Send Affidavit to: Council
Send Invoice to: 25520 - Planning
Nobody will show, and even if they did it would not matter.
The sad thing is that you are probably right. I remember a few years ago the Sheriff's dept. wanted to auction some confiscated firearms and there was a public hearing to discuss the issue because the Libtards wanted to destroy the guns. There were over 100 people at the meeting. There might have been one or two people at the most who were against selling the firearms. The Libtard controled council voted to destroy the guns in spite of the fact that 99.99% of those who were at the meeting were in support of the sheriff's dept plan to sell the guns. Bottom line: The decision was already made ahead of time. The libtards just wanted to give the public the illusion of being able to participate in the process even though in reality their (our) views don't count.
The Hearing is tomorrow. Since most of us have to work for a living it is difficult for most people to get away to attend this. The info below shows you how to email or FAX your comments in case you can't physically be there for the meeting.
If you can attend, I urge you to do so.
The NW Quad Assn supports this ordinance with the exception of the
2000ft setback. We believe that 2000ft will eliminate many possible
areas. We would also like to see the zoning applied to more than just
the Forestry Conservation Zoning area. Same reason.
Attend if you can.
President NW Quad Assn
Proposed Snohomish County Ordinance 05-146 will FINALLY authorize Reiter
Trails as an OFFICIAL OHV Area!!!! YOU need to help get this passed in
January 18, 2006 Snohomish Co. Council meeting. Anti OHV forces will be
there! Who will speak for YOU if you are not there? Nobody, that's who!
The hearing is next Wednesday. If you absolutely cannot attend please
send your written testimony before the 18th. In your own words tell the
Council why you want the ORV ordinance # 05-146 adopted. Tell them why
ORV recreation is important to you. Remember to be polite and
respectful in your communication. Let's give the County Council an
overwhelming response so they know the public wants ORV areas in
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Snohomish County Council will hold a
PUBLIC HEARING on January 18, 2006 at the hour of 10:30 a.m. in the
Henry M. Jackson Board Room, 8th Floor, County Administration Building
East, 3000 Rockefeller, Everett, Washington to consider the Planning
Commission's recommendations and proposed Ordinance No. 05-146, relating
to off-road vehicle use areas; amending Snohomish County Code (SCC) to
add a new Section 30.22.110; amending scc 30.22.130; amending scc
30.27.060; amending Chapter 30.28 SCC 30.28.080; amending Chapter 30.91o
scc to add new Sections 30.91o.005, 30.91o.006, 30.91o.007, and
Written testimony is encouraged and may be sent to the office of the
County Council at the following address: Snohomish County Council, 3000
Rockefeller MS - 609, Everett, WA 98201. Faxed documents may be
(425) 388-3496 or E-mail to mailto:County.Council@co.snohomish.wa.us.
No, you do NOT have to be a resident of Snohomish County to input your
opinion on this. Just show up to speak or email your message without
mentioning where you live.
For more information:
...on this Ordinance,
...email Rick Rice mailto:LegGuy@stumpjumpers.org
You need to let the Snohomish County Council know why YOU want Reiter
Trails to be an official OHV area.
Think about the positive aspects of having a managed OHV area that can
be funded from YOUR ORV Sticker Funds! That is a fee you already pay to
support areas like this. Why not have one that you don't have to drive
for two hours to get to?
Mention how important OHV (4X4, ATV or Off Road Motorcycle (OHM)) use is
to your FAMILY recreational activities.
Mention how important it is to provide a place for kids of all ages to
play in the great outdoors doing something they love to do.
Mention the lack of approved places to use OHVs and how badly Reiter
Trails is needed for YOUR family.
Mention the importance to the businesses in that area. Restaurants,
motorsports dealers in Snohomish Co., etc.
Just think about all the positive reasons why Reiter Trails is needed
and tell them!!!
Be certain to include this sentence at the end of your note, "I am
looking forward to hearing from you."
That puts them on notice that you expect a response from them.
I went to the hearing today. The room was packed and there wasn't one tree hugger there. veryone was Pro-ATV. The Snohomish County counsel passed the legislation allowing for an ORV park in Snohomish County. Now they just have to get the DNR to buy into it and it will be a done deal. The big question is will the DNR work with the community on this? They don't have a good track record for cooperation!