At Offshore Properties all of our realtors are proud of the fact that we live in a place of such incredible natural beauty. As individuals and as realtors we believe and support local conservation and preservation organizations throughout the county that encourage Low Impact Development. We understand that it is important to find a balance, a balance between development, population increases and our natural environment.
We believe in planning that protects existing natural features of development; landscaping to encourage wildlife and reduce the use of water and toxic chemicals; designing buildings to reduce energy consumption and increase the efficient use of resources; selecting materials to minimize resource and manufacturing impacts and taking advantage of opportunities to recycle or reuse materials; using practices that reduce waste and pollution during construction.
We believe that organizations such as the San Juan County Land Bank have made vital contributions to the sustainability of the San Juan Islands’ beauty, enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. These organizations are used to protect natural features of the County, and maintain open space and view corridors that the public wishes to save, while allowing for smart, managed development.
The San Juan County Landbank
Islanders created the San Juan County Land Bank in 1990 to preserve the islands’ unique natural heritage for the benefit of present and future generations. In 1999, by a nearly 73% majority, the Land Bank was renewed for 12 more years.
This public program, guided by the San Juan County Ordinance, Chapter 16.54, Citizens Conservation Land Bank, is funded by a 1% real estate transfer tax paid for by purchasers of property in San Juan County.
The funds are used to purchase conservation easements and to acquire land outright. The Land Bank is committed to protecting its conservation purchases forever with the establishment of a Stewardship investment fund.
A Commission of seven citizen volunteers representing all islands meets in a public forum once a month. Using local public opinion as a guide, the commission and staff work to identify and protect areas in the county with important scenic or low intensity recreational value, existing or future sources of potable water, and lands of agricultural, environmental, scientific, historic and cultural importance.
Stewardship means caring for properties to protect and preserve their special features. Stewardship is a high priority for the Land Bank. The Land Bank engages in a range of stewardship activities designed to protect the community’s investment and to be a good neighbor.
San Juan County Low Impact Development
Learn how to apply the principles and practices of Low Impact Development (LID) for the islands. Site provides resources for homeowners, builders, architects, landscapers, realtors, contractors, planners and students in the San Juan Islands.
1000 Friends of Washington
1000 Friends of Washington is the only statewide organization in Washington that brings citizens together to manage growth and stop sprawl. Our work focuses on a strategic set of programs aimed at achieving the changes required to protect Washington’s quality of life.
Friends of the San Juans
To protect and promote the health and future of the San Juan Islands land, water, natural and human communities. To support comprehensive planning. To encourage individual and community participation. To foster a stewardship ethic.
Islanders for Community Preservation
ICP is a non-partisan organization dedicated to developing realistic, common-sense strategies to choose and achieve a future for the county which honors the vision for the county crafted by citizens during the official Comprehensive Plan development process and adopted by the county commissioners. San Juan County is a beautiful, as yet unspoiled archipelago. It is the fastest growing county in the State of Washington. Without intervention, the current growth trends will result in a community similar to every other small beautiful community in America which has been discovered and developed: Aspen, Jackson Hole, Martha’s Vineyard.