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Workshops will present information on revision of urban growth areas

Kitsap County will host two public workshops/open houses to present the recent Central Growth Management Hearings Board decision regarding the 2006 Comprehensive Plan.

In September, the hearings board rendered a decision that Kitsap County must re-examine its Urban Growth Areas (UGAs) expanded during the 2006 Comprehensive Plan update process. This decision followed a five-year legal challenge that ultimately went to the Court of Appeals and then was remanded back to the hearings board for decision. This hearings board order is limited in scope and focuses on two main issues:

• What is an appropriate minimum urban density for single-family residential zones in Kitsap County.

• What density should the county use when calculating the amount of urban area or land capacity needed to accommodate population growth through 2025.

These issues primarily apply to the low-density residential zones and will likely require a reduction in the sizes of many UGAs. The UGAs impacted by the decision include: Kingston, Silverdale, Central Kitsap, East Bremerton, West Bremerton, Gorst, McCormick Woods and  Port Orchard/South Kitsap.

The deadline for the county to revise its Comprehensive Plan consistent with the remand order is August 31, 2012. The two public workshops will provide an opportunity for residents to hear about the hearings board order and the issues facing urban growth in Kitsap County. These workshops will be at the following dates/times:

• Monday,  6:30–8:30 p.m. at Kitsap County Administration Building, in Commissioners Chambers, 619 Division St., Port Orchard;

• Thursday,  6:30–8:30 p.m. at Klahowya Middle School, 7607 NW Newberry Hill Road, Silverdale.

For more information, please visit the project website at www.kitsapgov.com/dcd.

 

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