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City recruiting applicants for Design Review Board

Although Port Orchard’s Downtown Overlay District document is complete, the conversation is far from over as City Hall begins accepting applications for the recently enacted Design Review Board.

The city is accepting applications through Nov. 16 for the post. The seven-person board will include four lay positions and three professional positions.

Lay members must live within city limits, the professional members can live outside of city limits but must live within the Urban Growth Area.

Professionals should have a background in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design or related discipline.

Mayor Kim Abel said the selection process will become clearer as they move closer to the Nov. 16 deadline.

“It will really depend on all the applications I get,” she said. “I may need to go out and recruit if I don’t have enough for the different positions. It’s kind of a wait and see how we’ll do it.”

The committee provides on opportunity to residents unhappy with the final Downtown Overlay District document.

Gil Michael, of Port Orchard, said that he or his wife will likely apply for one of the seats and he looks forward to the implementation of the committee.

“As long as both the citizens and professionals can accurately interpret what the rules are, I think it’ll be a great process,” Michael said.

The Design Review Board will review building proposals within the downtown core and make recommendations to the Port Orchard City Council.

For more information, visit http://www.portorchardindependent.com

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