Kitsap shoreline planning begins… again.

Kitsap County planners are anticipating a rough-and-tumble, two-year debate over shoreline management — constrained only by people’s willingness to communicate.

In the past, discussions about Kitsap County shoreline rules have stirred the passions of waterfront property owners and environmental activists alike. The last major shoreline discussion occurred when the county’s Critical Areas Ordinance was updated four years ago — and both sides filed appeals to take the issues into court.

Larry Keeton, director of the Kitsap County Department of Community Development, said he expects the debate this time to be contentious, but he hopes to turn down the heat through a methodical review process.

The Legislature has mandated that Kitsap County and its four cities — along with eight other counties and their cities — update local shoreline master programs by the end of 2011, though the deadline was later extended by a year.

[via Kitsap Sun]

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