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Council gives final approval to Bethel, McCormick West annexations

The Port Orchard City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve the annexation requests of the McCormick West and Bethel Corridor North areas, effectively adding more than 1,110 acres into city limits.

Both annexations were incorporated into the city's 10-year Urban Growth Area comprehensive plan developed by Kitsap County in 2006, said city Development Director James Weaver.

A petition of annexation for the McCormick West property, located south of SW Old Clifton Road and west of McCormick Woods Drive SW, was submitted Sept. 6 by Doug Skrobut, an agent for the McCormick Land Co.

Most of the largely undeveloped land adjacent to the McCormick Woods area was designated medium-density R8, allowing for approximately 1,400 single-family residences to be built in the future.

Two city-owned parcels are included in the McCormick West annexation, and will provide future services to the area, Weaver said. A 5-acre parcel housing Christ the Rock Community Church was also annexed.

Unlike the McCormick West land, the annexation of the area between Sedgwick Road and SE Shelton Lane known as the Bethel Corridor North includes largely developed land. The area is zoned Urban Low-Density Residential, Urban Medium-Density Residential and commercial.

The stretch of land includes Walmart and the site of a planned Home Depot, as well as some single-family homes next to a greenbelt.

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