May 2: Poulsbo City Council SMP Update Hearing

The City Council opened its public hearing on the Shoreline Master Program on April 11, 2012. The hearing was continued to May 2, 2012 at 7:00 pm. A complete copy of the update is available at: http://www.cityofpoulsbo.com/planning/planning_shoreline.htm

Poulsbo shoreline plan nearing completion
Kitsap Sun Article By Brynn Grimley April 12, 2012

There continues to be confusion about whether a building that falls within the proposed shoreline buffer could be rebuilt if it were destroyed by a fire or natural disaster, or if it was torn down and rebuilt. The plan allows a building, either commercial or residential, to be rebuilt within its existing footprint, city planners said.

If it expands beyond its footprint, 25 percent of the new space must be dedicated to a water-dependent use, according to the plan.

Councilwoman Linda Berry-Maraist repeated concerns about shoreline buffers and setbacks, which at 125 to 200 feet encompass all of downtown. The only way to change the buffers would be to do a new shoreline analysis and the city doesn’t have the time or the money to do that research now.

The council directed city planners to take the public comment from Wednesday’s meeting and incorporate it into the final draft of the plan, which will be available for public review before its planned May 2 approval date.

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