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County OKs vision for its future in PO

The Kitsap County commissioners on Wednesday approved a master plan that establishes how and where county offices can expand in the City of Port Orchard over the next 40 years and beyond.

The plan will now be turned over to Port Orchard officials, who will be tasked with considering whether to incorporate the county’s plan into the city’s own comprehensive plan.

“You want to give people the best degree of certainty you can, and you want that communication between the city and the county to continue,” Kitsap County Commissioner Jan Angel said.

Growth boundaries tapped for the county’s master plan encompass properties between Sidney and Cline Avenues on the east and west and Dwight and Sroufe streets to the north and south.

The master plan calls for the construction of a new administration building to the north of Division Street once construction and renovations on the Kitsap County jail are complete.

A remodel for the existing courthouse is also in the works, and will eventually house only law and justice functions of Kitsap County government. It also calls for gradual land acquisitions, parking improvements and continued development of office space all while trying to maintain the integrity of the surrounding neighborhood.

As the county’s need for space grows, officials hope to acquire additional property and seek rezones in those areas.

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