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McCormick Woods now part of Port Orchard

The McCormick Woods subdivision is now a part of the City of Port Orchard, bringing to a close an annexation process that was characterized by staff as one of the smoothest in Port Orchard history.

“We worked hard to make this happen,” said Dick Davis, who led the citizen’s committee that drove the annexation process. “It gives the city access to a community full of resources that can help them grow, and gives that community full of resources the opportunity to make those ideas work.”

The action was announced Thursday afternoon in a press release from Port Orchard Development Director James Weaver. The timing took Davis by surprise.

“I was set to go to the boundary review board meeting tonight to see if anyone had invoked jurisdiction (in protest of the annexation),” Davis said.

The annexation effort began in November 2009, when Kim Abel, who was in her last few weeks as Port Orchard Mayor, suggested the action to the McCormick Woods Neighborhood Association.

Davis then garnered support from community members, and began a campaign to get support of owners controlling 70 percent of the property value. The Port Orchard City Council approved the annexation on May 12, which began a 45 day review period that expired on July 8th.

In a press release, Mayor Lary Coppola stated “Today is a historic day as we welcome our friends and neighbors in McCormick Woods as official residents of the City of Port Orchard. We embrace the community of McCormick Woods recognizing the significant addition to our City that it is.”

Coppola has announced the intention for the city to annex all the land within the urban growth area (UGA) as soon as possible. The next piece in the annexation puzzle is the northern section of the Bethel Corridor, which Weaver said could be part of the city by the end of 2009.

The annexation was finalized over a month too late for McCormick Woods residents to run in this year’s city council election. Davis said he expected his neighbors to participate in city government well before 2011, the first time they will be allowed to run for mayor or council.

“There are lots of ways we can get involved,” he said. “The city is doing the right thing when it comes to economic development, and we can help to support this.”

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