VERY HIGH IMPORTANCE to waterfront owners
by Christopher Dunagan
Kitsapsun PORT ORCHARD — Shoreline managers with the Washington Department of Ecology will explain their role in shoreline planning and outline state requirements during a meeting next week. Meanwhile, Kitsap County residents are being asked to complete an online survey to describe what they think about shorelines. Also, a new shorelines task force is preparing for a series of biweekly meetings throughout the coming year. Under the Shorelines Management Act, state and local governments play an equal role in updating shoreline management programs, which govern land uses for shoreline properties. Kitsap County and its four cities all are working to update their shoreline programs, as required by state law. A three-year planning effort will result in new plans that must be approved by Ecology before final adoption.
A presentation by Ecology officials about the goals and planning process is scheduled for Thursday, April 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the commissioners chambers at the Kitsap County Administration Building, 619 Division Street in Port Orchard. “This presentation helps citizens learn more about the shoreline management program requirements and helps us understand how the county conducts the cooperative update process,” . The online survey will help shape a “visioning document” to guide the county toward policies and regulations that determine how the shorelines are used and protected, according to Patty Charnas, natural resources manager for the county. The survey, with four questions, can be accessed from the county’s shoreline Web site.
A new 20-member task force will begin its work on April 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Island Lake Community Center. After that, meetings are scheduled on the first and third Thursdays at the same time, same place. The meetings are open to the public. Consultant Margaret Norton-Arnold of Seattle has been hired to facilitate the meetings. The first meeting is expected to include a discussion about organization and expectations. http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2010/apr/06/ecology-officials-to-discuss-shorelines