Summary Of The Report From The HHA “Commons Committee” 2007

Managing The Holiday Hideaway Association’s Community Owned Lands

At the last Holiday Hideaway Association (HHA) annual meeting held on April 29, 2006, a committee was appointed to look at options for managing the lands and vegetation that the association members own in common. These lands include three waterfront properties, which are located at Cook’s Cove, Long Bay, and a thin strip of land at Deadman’s Bay. This committee was formed primarily to look at view enhancement issues at Cook’s Cove and Long Bay, but also looked at cleanup issues at Cook’s Cove and improving member’s access to Deadman’s Bay.

The committee membership consisted of Bob Anderson, Hal Forsey, Roz Glasser, Kirsten Harma, Bill Rainwater, and Fred Wintermantel. The committee met with two regulatory agencies, the Skagit County Planning and Development Services, and the Washington Department of Natural Resources, as well as the Holiday Hideaway Association board.

Generally lands within 200 feet of the shoreline are regulated under the Skagit County Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO). This act also regulates lands in and within certain distances of wetlands and steep slopes. The vast majority if not all of these HHA common lands are regulated by the CAO. The Washington Forest Practices Act also applies to these common lands. The removal of vegetation generally requires the appropriate applications, consultants, reviews, and permits. If the laws and permitting process are not followed, the penalties can be substantial; therefore the majority of the committee members recommend compliance with applicable requirements.

The committee wrote a full report dated December 6, 2006, which gives more details on the legal requirements and regulatory steps. It lists four possible options, which range from cutting all view impairing vegetation to the extent permitted, down to only maintaining existing facilities with no view enhancement activities. The full report lists objectives, relative costs, vegetation management issues, equity issues, and the pros and cons for each option. It also makes recommendations for the cleanup of Cook’s Cove as well as recommendations on accessing Deadman’s Bay. And it includes a site evaluation and management recommendations for the Cook’s Cove wetland (which includes the lagoon and lands further inland).

The Holiday Hideaway Board, at their December 6, 2006 meeting, accepted the committee’s report. The board discussed a possible scenario for a landowner or landowners who request view enhancement involving the “common areas”. First the board or the HHA membership would vote to approve or disapprove any possible cutting. Then it would be the responsibility of the requesting party or parties to comply with the codes, pay for the permitting process including the consultants, and maintain the area afterward.

A copy of the full report of the Commons Committee can be obtained from Susan Wintermantel, Secretary of the Holiday Hideaway Association, at , or by writing to the Holiday Hideaway Association Board, 7885 Guemes Island Rd #5, Anacortes, WA 98221-9560. The full report will also be available at the annual meeting upon request.


Report of the Holiday Hideaway Association’s “Commons” Committee [108kb PDF]

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