Citizens Alliance of Property Rights (CAPR),
Clallam County Chapter 13
"The right of property is the guardian of every other right, and to deprive a people of this is, in fact, to deprive them of their liberty." -Arthur Lee, Virginia, 1775
Citizens' Alliance for Property Rights was organized in 2003 as a non-partisan political action committee where individual citizens and existing organizations can work together protecting property rights. We support equitable and scientifically sound land use regulations that do not force private landowners to pay disproportionately for public benefits enjoyed by all.
After observing environmental conditions around the world, we conclude that private owners are far better stewards of this earth than government planners. Landowners who own and control their own land take much better care of it, regardless of whether they live in an urban, suburban, or rural setting.
We want to be part of our children's and grandchildren's lives. They should not have to move elsewhere in order to be able to afford a home of their own.
We protect everyone's property rights by:
- Presenting a single coordinated voice dedicated to preserving and protecting individual property rights.
- Electing legislators pledged to protect, not destroy, property rights and electing judges pledged to uphold our constitutionally guaranteed right to own and control property.
- Promoting legislation to preserve and protect property rights while opposing excessively burdensome legislation and regulation.
- Reducing the regulatory cost of property ownership.
All politics is local. We invite you to join us as we work to make a difference in a positive way.
Programs We've Been Watching
Shorelines Master Program Clallam County is beginning a three-year process of updating its SMP. That ordinance will regulate marine shorelines, the shorelines of lakes larger than a minimum size, and of streams and rivers with at least 20 cfs of flow, with the exceptions that it does not regulate Federal or Tribal lands nor lands subject to the Forest Practices Act nor within city limits. We are watching and intend to participate in the development of this ordinance.
Destruction of the Elwha Dams - In 1992 a group of government backed radical-environmentalists and our non-representative elected government officials using the pretext of restoring fish, freeing the river, and turning back the clock successfully steamrolled the agenda of removing the Elwha Lake/dams. The Left’s success (using our tax dollars) in ramming this insane plan down our throats gave them the ‘green light’ for taking by regulation and mandate of all manner of private property and private property rights. The more clearly the defenders of private property rights understand this pivotal event, the more forearmed we will be in defense of our remaining rights. (Read the full story here)
Karl Spees - Pres. ‘CAPR 13’
WRIA 18 Instream Flow Rule The State Department of Ecology is writing a rule granting water rights to the Dungeness River and the small streams in Eastern Clallam County, introducing new regulations restricting irrigation and domestic wells and authorizing a "waterbank" that will commoditize the water that the rule will remove from future growth and some of its current beneficial uses. We oppose the adoption of this rule in its present form and intend to take legal action if it is adopted.
WRIA 19 Watershed Management Plan. This an early stage in the development of an instream flow rule for the Lyre and Hoko Rivers. We are cooperating with local groups from that inventory area.