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County repeals building moratorium

The Kitsap County Commissioners unanimously repealed a moratorium on the acceptance of new land use applications in local urban growth areas (UGAs) throughout the county.

The action was taken at Monday night’s meeting, to a nearly empty chamber. This was a contrast to the loud meeting in September, where several vocal opponents to the moratorium spoke vehemently against the action.

“This has been a frustrating situation,” said Central Kitsap Commissioner Josh Brown. “For the first time since 2003 we are fully compliant with the comprehensive plan.”

The commissioners—of which there is only one who was serving when the comprehensive plan was approved in 2006—were forced to implement the building moratorium last fall when the Growth Management Hearings Board ruled that it was out of compliance.

Over the past several months the county has streamlined its sewer planning and worked with municipalities in order to bring future development in line with the growth management act , according to Special Projects Manager Eric Baker. These changes were presented to the GMHB, which found the county in compliance in a ruling last week.

Prior to lifting the moratorium all three commissioners lauded Baker and his staff for completing the process.

“It was a Herculean task to get this lifted,” said North Kitsap Commissioner Steve Bauer. “Although we will still need to work on land use issues.”

While the commissioners are scheduled to address specific cases affected by the moratorium during their June 23 meeting, applications for new construction will be accepted beginning on Tuesday.

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