Opinion

McCormick Woods just Phase 1 of larger annexation plan

If you live in Port Orchard, you live in a bigger city now.

And if you live just adjacent to Port Orchard, chances are you’ll live here before much longer, too.

The city officially grew by 1,600 acres, 1,280 parcels and 200 people last week with the annexation of the McCormick Woods subdivision.

The annexation — the largest in city history — was reviewed by the Kitsap County Boundary Review Board on June 11 and announced at the July 14 Port Orchard City Council meeting.

Beyond raw numbers, the move also bolsters Port Orchard’s tax base by more than enough to offset the increased demand for services.

And from the perspective of McCormick Woods residents, the move changes their status from just another group of voters in unincorporated Kitsap County to the largest single voting bloc in Port Orchard.

In terms of representation alone, the city’s newest residents have everything to gain and nothing to lose from this association.

Meanwhile, the annexation process merry-go-round keeps turning.

The next target of opportunity is the Bethel corridor, which could be a part of Port Orchard by the end of the year.

Eventually, the city’s entire urban growth could be annexed, transforming Port Orchard from Kitsap County’s bumpkin cousin to its largest single metropolitan area.

Unless you’re sort who bristles at changes of any kind, it’s hard to see any downside to that scenario from the standpoint of either the annexer or the annexee, which probably explains why organized opposition seems to be nearly nonexistent.

In any case, we offer our congratulations to the organizers from McCormick Woods, without whose tireless efforts this first phase in the plan would have been impossible, and to those in leadership positions with the city whose guidance no doubt expedited the process considerably.

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