Separate annexation sought for smaller area around Retsil

McCormick Woods. Bethel Corridor. And now Retsil?

A notice of intent to petition for annexation for 10 parcels located along Beach Drive East by the Washington Veterans Home was recently filed with the city of Port Orchard.

The proposed Retsil Annexation includes 27 acres and stretches from the city’s current boundary at Bay Street and Decatur Avenue to just east of the junction of Beach Drive and Olney Avenue.

The parcels are within the city’s Urban Growth Area. The veterans home, the Annapolis ferry dock and its corresponding parking lot are part of the proposed annexation.

If owners of 60 percent of the the assessed valuation of property within the area sign a petition in favor of annexation, the City Council will consider approving the request.

The notice of intent to petition for annexation was signed and submitted to the city Jan. 24 by Annapolis Quay LLC, a corporation registered under Robert McGee.

McGee, who owns Fox Fire Prevention and is converting a waterfront building next to the Annapolis ferry dock into a coffee shop and yoga studio, declined to comment directly about why he signed a notice to petition.

“There are advantages and disadvantages to being in the city,” he said. “All it comes down to is moving property taxes through the city.”

The Annapolis Quay property is valued at $215,790 and accounts for 31.66 percent of the assessed value in the proposed annexation area and is the largest private stakeholder.

The Washington Veterans Home, a retirement home for around 240 veterans in need of nursing care, is the largest single property in the annexation at 24.8 acres. But because the veterans home is publicly owned and has no assessed value for property taxes, it  is not factored into petition requirements.

Kitsap Transit also submitted a notice of intent to petition, but like the veterans home, the public transit agency’s dock and parking lot do not count towards the area’s assessed valuation.

The area included in the petition represents a small portion of the proposed Beach Drive annexation, which includes neighborhoods between Olney and Arnold Avenues from Fourth Street north to the waterfront, and east along Beach Drive past Bancroft Road.

City Councilman Jim Colebank submitted a notice of petition late last year for annexing that area, where he owns an undeveloped parcel. But he has stated that getting approval from property owners who have 60 percent of the area’s valuation probably would be difficult.






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