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McCormick Woods seeks extension

Representatives from the McCormick Woods Land Co. will ask Kitsap County Hearing Examiner Keith McGoffin tomorrow to extend their deadline for the creation of a second access road from McCormick Woods for eight months.

This is Alteration 2 of the Planned Unit Development (PUD).

Alteration 1 allowed the McCormick Land Co. to remove a second access from McCormick Woods to Old Clifton Road with the condition that an alternate second access (from Glenwood Road) be completed by Jan. 1.

The new road will extend from Fire District 7 station on Glenwood Road to McCormick Woods at the intersection of McCormick Woods Drive and Dunraven Lane.

According to Kitsap County Senior Planner Rick McNicholas, there’s been a moratorium on planning and building in McCormick Woods since January 1.

“There’ll be no more building permits, no more land use reviews until the road is built, or the hearing examiner extends the deadline,” McNicholas said.

The moratorium does not affect McCormick Woods’ sister developments, McCormick North or McCormick West.

From the Kitsap County Department of Community Development (DCD) staff report and recommendation to the hearing examiner, “The road has not been constructed, for a variety of reasons, and as the conditions of Alteration 1 require, the Department has placed a moratorium on further land use review and new building permits in the PUD area. (McCormick Land Co.) proposes to extend the deadline for the road completion from Jan. 1, 2006 to Sept. 1, 2006, and thus relieve...the planning and building moratorium currently in effect.”

According to the DCD, McCormick Land Co. issued a letter dated Sept. 30, 2005, “requesting an extension of the deadline citing several reasons for the delay in starting construction, including delays in the Hearing Examiner’s decision on the McCormick North Master Plan and delays in the Board of County Commissioner’s Decision on that Master Plan.”

McNicholas said McGoffin’s decision does not have to go before the Kitsap County Commissioners.

The public is encouraged to attend tomorrow’s hearing.

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