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Council approves new zoning, approve LTAC members
Don’t expect to see any large franchise restaurants popping up along a portion of the Sidney Corridor.
The Port Orchard city council voted 6-1 to approve an ordinance to amend the city Municipal Code concerning general land use requirements and creating a new business professional zone to allow additional specific uses in certain parts of the city.
But the new ordinance would allow a franchise restaurant up to 2,000 square feet and drive throughs would not be permitted.
The focus of the new zone is along Pottery Road between Lippert and Sage — south of Tremont Avenue.
Development Director Nick Bond said the purpose behind the new zone was to restrict franchise or chain-type businesses, but allow for small local businesses.
Councilman Rob Putaansuu said he would like to see a business like Subway allowed in the new zone.
“You have people in medical and professional buildings, but wouldn’t you like for them to have some place to eat lunch?” he said.
Councilman Jerry Childs, who voted against the ordinance, said the city has commercial zones available for large franchise restaurants.
“I see the new zone as for business professionals and small eateries,” Childs said.
Councilwoman Cindy Lucarelli said franchise restaurants would be in commercial zones because of traffic, neon signage and lighting.
Putaansuu noted that Subway restaurants are locally owned and not part of a large corporate franchise.
Bond said the new Business Professional 2 zones would allow for a greater variety of uses than the Business Professional 1 zones, though fewer would be allowed in the Commercial zone.
He said the Planning Commission felt that the Sidney Corridor was different in character than the Tremont Corridor or areas zoned Business Professional in the vicinity of the Kitsap County government campus and would benefit from changes to development regulations.
The council voted 6-1 to accept appointments to the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC).
Mayor Tim Matthes recommended Fathoms o’ Fun, Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce, Saints Car Club and Port Orchard Bay Street Association as organizations involved in activities to serve on LTAC.
“In my opinion, they have spent a lot of time and effort — more than any of the other groups — supporting and planning events. That’s the reason they deserve to be on the LTAC.” Matthes said.
The mayor recommended Comfort Inn, Days Inn, Cedar Cove Inn and Mrs. Howe’s Bed and Breakfast as businesses on the LTAC.
Councilman Fred Chang said he agreed with most of the mayor’s recommendations, except the chamber. He made a motion accepting most of the mayor’s appointment, but replaced the chamber with Visit Kitsap.
Councilman John Clauson said he was supporting the motion from the standpoint of the suggestions from the council.
“When you have five of the councilmembers supporting Visit Kitsap and two supporting the chamber for this appointment, if goes with what the council is suggesting,” Clauson said.
Councilmembers who supported Visit Kitsap were Clauson, Putaansuu, Lucarelli, Childs and Jeff Cartwright. Putaansuu and Cartwright supported the chamber.
“Basically everyone got three of their four,” Chang said. “I think it was quite democratic.”
Councilwoman Bek Ashby was the opposing vote.
The council voted unanimously for an ordinance to extend the terms of the current franchise agreement with Cascade Natural Gas.
The council then approved the first reading of a franchise agreement with Cascade that would increase the franchise tax from 2 to 4 percent on Jan. 1, 2015, and from 4 to 6 on Jan. 1, 2017, along with a resolution for the tax revenue to be used on street maintenance and repairs.
In other action, the council:
• Voted unanimously for an ordinance to amend the city Municipal Code regarding definition, property specific designation and overlay districts relating to the Downtown Overlay District.
• Voted unanimously to approve the first reading of an ordinance to amend the 2014 budget.
• Voted unanimously to approve contract for $62,000 with Parametrix for grind-out and hot mix asphalt (HMA) design and construction support for the Bethel Avenue.
• Voted unanimously to approve the 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update Public Participation Program.
• Voted 5-2 for the appointment of Nick Whittleton to the Planning Commission.
• Tabled action on adopting an ordinance to add a chapter to the city’s flag policy.