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Most of comp plan’s changes in SK

The latest batch of changes to the Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan, approved by the county commissioners earlier this month, are overwhelmingly related to properties in South Kitsap.

Nine of the proposed 17 changes were submitted by South Kitsap property owners — well over 50 percent of the county total.

The county chose to deny only two of the 10 proposed changes in South Kitsap, although it did put conditions on the approval of several others.

McCormick Land Co. and Stetson L.L.P. both put in change requests which were denied for not being consistent with the policies and objectives of the Comprehensive Plan.

Stetson wanted to change the zoning on a 105-acre piece of property adjacent to McCormick Woods from urban reserve to urban low. McCormick wanted to change the acreage containing its headquarters from interim rural forest to highway tourist commercial.

According to the county staff report, the county felt the Stetson property rezone would constitute too big a jump in density.

The proposed rezone would mean up to 945 housing units could be built on the property, as opposed to the 11 currently permitted.

The county was concerned the increase in density would have a dramatic effect on nearby watersheds and critical habitats.

The county also pointed out the area was not currently served by any water or sewer utilities, which would be necessary for the number of potential added residents.

In the staff report on the McCormick rezone, the county expressed reservations over turning more than 20 acres of land into commercial property.

As the staff pointed out, the rezone would create the largest area south of Gorst and west of Highway 16. The county felt such a change would not be in line with planning policies which discourage commercial growth in rural areas.

The staff also questioned whether such a large commercial area in the middle of mostly forested land would have any nearby population to serve.

The county did grant eight requests for properties which ranged in size from less than an acre to more than 750 acres. The vast majority of the requests — six of the seven — were for conversion to highway commercial.

They include:

n Gene Ecklund’s .73-acre property was approved for a rezone from urban reserve to highway tourist commercial. The property is located on the east side of Bielmier Road where Bethel Road crosses Highway 16.

n Pat Penaranda’s 4.28-acre property was provisionally approved for a rezone from urban low (residential) to highway tourist commercial. The county mandated the rezone be done in conjunction with, and be included in, the Bethel Corridor Plan. The property is located at 2919 Mitchell Road, between Christian Life Center and Walgreens.

n Peter Overton’s 55-acre property and 705-acre property were both approved for a rezone from rural protection and interim forest to rural residential. The properties are located on opposite sides of Highway 3, adjacent to the Mason County line and the South Kitsap Industrial Area.

n James Taliman’s 10.22-acre property was approved for a rezone from urban reserve to highway tourist commercial. The property is adjacent to West Sound Landscape Supply and is bounded by Bethel Road and Highway 16.

n Talmo Inc.’s 8.11-acre property was approved for a rezone from rural protection to highway tourist commercial. The property is located near the intersection of Sidney and Glenwood roads, between Sidney Road and the Port Orchard City limits.

n Eric Kvinsland’s 9.05-acre property was approved for a rezone from urban low (residential) to highway tourist commercial and urban high (residential). The property is located at Fircrest and Mile Hill drives.

n Dennis Wardwell’s 22,200-square-foot property was provisionally approved for a rezone from urban low (residential) to highway tourist commercial. The county mandated the rezone be done in conjunction with, and be included in, the Bethel Cooridor Plan. The property is located between Bethel and Mitchell roads.

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