by Tim Matthes
Port Orchard Won’t Push for Urban-Center Status
On Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, the Port Orchard City Council took testimony as to whether the city should ask Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) in Seattle to designate the City of Port Orchard as a PSRC Urban Regional Growth Center according to their VISION 2040. KAPO was well represented at that meeting. Bob Benze, Vivian Henderson, Dan Defenbaugh, and I testified against becoming an urban growth center.
On December 22, 2009 the Port Orchard City Council, acting on the recommendation of the Port Orchard Planning Commission, voted unanimously against an amendment to the city’s comprehensive plan to seek the Urban Growth Center designation.
City Planning Director James Weaver said that if Port Orchard does in the future wish to pursue this designation, he recommends that the city take a full year to study the proposal so the planning commission and citizens can be fully informed.
The Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council (KRCC) in the past has had no process for vetting an Urban Growth center request. The KRCC recently drafted a process to do that. KAPO will keep you informed about this process is and how it might affect the City of Port Orchard in the future.