Parking decision postponed

A decision by the city of Port Orchard that would allow Kitsap County to develop additional parking around the courthouse was put on hold again this week when the city’s planning arm failed to make a deadline.

The city hoped to finish the plan by Wednesday, which is far enough in advance of the regular meeting in order to solicit public comment.

Upon developing the standards, a long-term plan determining the future of the “county campus,” the city discovered some ambiguous city statutes that prevented completion of the plan.

Port Orchard Planning Director Joanne Long-Woods did not feel it would take a long time to clarify the language, saying the matter could be addressed at city council’s April 11 meeting.

Prior to this week, the city scheduled action on the matter at the March 28 meeting.

Long-Woods said it would be discussed during that day’s study session but no action would be taken.

Port Orchard Mayor Kim Abel notified South Kitsap Commissioner Jan Angel of the delay on Tuesday.

Abel said she apologized to Angel and also acknowledged the impact on the citizens trying to visit the courthouse who are unable to find parking.

County spokeswoman Terrie Battuello said citizen frustration about the situation provided the greatest drawback.

Officials from both the city and the county were scheduled for a Friday meeting to discuss details of the potential agreement.

Comments, to the city and county respectively, can be directed to Long-Woods, at (360) 876-4991, or Battuello, at (360) 337-4481.

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