(Tri-Area Times) A planned development on the Hood Canal near Brinnon is gaining traction after being on the development planning books for nearly 11 years. The Pleasant Harbor Resort and Marina would sit on 250 acres and include upwards of 890 units and a 9 hole golf course. The current landowner/developer is a Canadian and would likely sell rights.
The site is home to three of the only known kettles in the Olympic Peninsula. Kettles are a shallow, sediment-filled body of water formed by retreating glaciers or draining floodwaters. The kettles are formed as a result of blocks of ice calving from glaciers and becoming submerged in the sediment on the out-wash plain. The developer already plans to back-fill with a million cubic yards the largest one’s which are 12 acres across and 150 feet deep. A pond would be created on the surface to allow for run-off according to the developer. In addition to being unique geological sites, these are also considered to be sacred sites by the S’Klallam Tribe claiming that these areas are “inhabited by spiritual entities known to the S’Klallam Tribe”.
The S’Klallam Tribe has long opposed the development of Pleasant Harbor Resort and Marina. With a history of suggestions to be implemented including 12 action items, there is no current consideration of any of these items by the county although all have been recorded in the official record. Topping concerns is the roughly 140,000 lbs of shellfish that is harvested annually less than a mile from the development. Treated sewage from the resort as well as chemicals used in the maintenance of the golf course could be linked to nutrient contamination proponent’s claim. Environmental impact statements preclude any evidence of this becoming an issue. The County has yet to require a Shellfish Impact Study.
Development is in the final planning stages as of August 2017, with a planned protest at the county courthouse steps at 1:00 p.m. on August 14, 2017.
Updated 8/23/17 (Added Facebook post with comments, photo from protest)
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