WE WON!!!

Growth Management Hearings Board sides with TRC.
“Commercial shooting facility” ordinances struck down.

This is great news for our communities.
Congratulations, Everyone!

Download the news HERE and read the 21-page decision, issued on Monday, September 16, 2019 HERE.

Bee at Fern and Pat's Place

Sign our petitions

TRC requests your signature on two petitions, both designed to stop Jefferson County from becoming the ‘go-to’ place for large, commercial weapons-training complexes.

Online option:

TO THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS to implement the Planning Commission’s recommendations on the siting, design, and operation of gun ranges.

TO THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL to help the County respond to a blizzard of lawsuits.

When you sign, please share the petitions widely with Jefferson County residents and property owners who support TRC!

In person option:

Sign using paper and ink at the following days/times/locations:

August 31: Port Townsend Co-op (10:00 – 2:00)
September 7:  Chimacum Farmstand (10:00 – 2:00)
September 8: Port Townsend Co-op (10:00 – 2:00)
September 14:  Quilcene Fair (9:00am-4:00pm)

September 15: TRC Community Meeting/Trillium Woods Farm (4:00-6:00pm)

September 21: Chimacum Farmstand (10:00 – 2:00)
September 22 – Port Townsend Co-op (10:00 – 2:00)
September 28 – Chimacum Farmstand (10:00 – 2:00)
September 29 – Port Townsend Co-op (10:00 – 2:00)

WE HEARD IT AT THE FAIR

The Tarboo Ridge Coalition’s Jefferson County Fair booth received many visitors over the August 11th weekend. And did they ever have questions!! In a nutshell most people were simply dumbfounded by the County Commission’s recent new ordinance that allows private, for profit military and paramilitary training in 76% of unincorporated Jefferson County.

Why was there no State Environmental Review? Why was the Planning Commission ignored? Why is the County allowing a paramilitary training facility to be built on the shoreline of Tarboo Lake without any permits? Why is the County holding secret meetings with a Corporation intent on destroying the peace and tranquility of Jefferson County residents? In future posts we will provide more background and try to answer the most frequently asked questions we heard at the fair. When we can’t explain the County’s behavior, we’ll suggest who at the County you might contact.

Thanks to everyone who visited our booth and took the time to share their thoughts and support! This issue will take years of diligence and tenacity but together we will prevail and preserve the farms, forests and friendly atmosphere we all treasure.

GMHB Grants Extension

On July 11th, 20919, County and TRC attorneys made arguments to the state’s Growth Management Hearings Board (GMHB) for and against the new shooting facilities ordinances. Watch the hearing.

Days later, the County and TRC jointly asked the GMHB for a 60-day extension. The extension is to provide for a reasonable amount of time to enter into settlement talks ahead of a GMHB decision.

The GMHB granted the 60-day extension and asked that they be informed of progress on September 10th. On August 7th, the TRC and the County met at the Courthouse. A TRC Board Representative and Legal Counsel presented our requested Title 8 ordinance changes to the County Civil Prosecutor and two Commissioners, in two separate meetings. We expect the County to respond to our requested changes sometime after August 25th.

ILLEGAL GUN RANGE NOW IN OPERATION

On Friday June 7, 2019, the Tarboo Ridge Coalition e-mailed Jefferson County Commissioners a letter citing County documents and file photos of Fort Discovery Inc’s illegal construction and training activities. Without any permits, the Corporation has charged ahead, clearing and grading, filling wetlands, pouring concrete, siting old and constructing new buildings and burying a 2000-gallon tank full of sewage from commercial activity at the outlaw shooting range. Even more serious, the corporation has built a 50-yard range along its north property line with gunfire pointed outward towards a low berm, neighboring recreational land, and State Highway 104. To date the County has not responded to the Coalition. READ THE LETTER.

The Tarboo Ridge Coalition (TRC) believes that:

  • New commercial shooting facilities belong INDOORS to prevent pollution and noise impacts to PEOPLE, PETS, LIVESTOCK, and WILDLIFE and to help PREVENT WILDFIRES.
  • LOCAL CONTROL IS PARAMOUNT! No military training activities at private commercial shooting facilities.
  • COMMERCIAL SHOOTING FACILITIES should be SMALL SCALE to meet LOCAL RECREATIONAL NEEDS ONLY.
  • PUBLIC LAKES BELONG TO ALL OF US. Fishing, swimming and nature first. SHORELINES ALSO DESERVE SPECIAL PROTECTION. No commercial shooting facilities within 500 yards of lakes and navigable shorelines.
  • Existing land uses and the health and wellness of residents within three miles of new facilities must be protected from noise through RESTRICTED HOURS OF OPERATION: No more than 40 hours per week during daylight hours and PROHIBITIONS ON non-gun EXPLOSIONS and the USE OF HELICOPTERS.

OUR MISSION

The Tarboo Ridge Coalition stands against the development of the “Cedar Hills Recreational Facility.” The TRC believes that any gun range, but particularly a military-style weapons training facility, is both disruptive and dangerous, and that siting any shooting facilities on the shores of Tarboo Lake is not in the best interests of the citizens of Jefferson County. The TRC’s goal is to educate and mobilize the community against this project and preserve the unique character of Tarboo Ridge.

OTHER NEWS

June 11, 2019 9AM: TRC and County Attorneys present to Growth Management Hearings Board

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