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Final version of sub-area plan due

Years after its inception, the final version of the Port Orchard/South Kitsap Sub-Area Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be completed by the end of the month, said James Weaver, a senior land-use planner with the Kitsap County Department of Community Development (DCD).

“The project team is diligently preparing a final document with response to those comments and reflecting the ‘Preferred Alternative’ recommended by the Kitsap County Planning Commission on Feb. 14,” Weaver said.

According to Weaver, the Planning Commission voted to recommend Land- Use Alternative 2, with a minor extension eastward to Long Lake as the Preferred Alternative.

The commission also voted to reject inclusion of any of the Land-Use Reclassification Requests in the Preferred Alternative.

“The next steps for (the project) include the preparation of a Final Sub-Area Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement, which are scheduled to be completed by the end of April,” Weaver said.

Upon completion, the Final Sub-Area Plan and Final EIS document would be provided to the public, Port Orchard City Council and the Kitsap County commissioners for review.

Prior to any approval or adoption, Weaver said, a Public Hearing for public comments on the plan will be scheduled with the county commissioners.

The Preferred Alternative Map recommended by the Kitsap County Planning Commission on Feb. 14 has been uploaded to the Port Orchard/South Kitsap Sub-Area Plan website and may be viewed or downloaded by visiting www.kitsapgov.com/dcd/community_plan/subareas/portorchard.

The meeting minutes and an MP3 recording of the public hearing and deliberations are also available at the site.

A folder with copies of the Preferred Alternative map is available for viewing at the front counter of the Department of Community Development, 614 Division Street, Port Orchard.

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