Apr 24: Port Orchard SMP update hearing

The Port Orchard City Council will hold a public hearing during their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., to take testimony and comment on the update to the Port Orchard Shoreline Master Program. 

Any person or public agency expressing an interest is invited to attend the public hearing and/or submit written comments to the Planning Department on or before 4:30 PM, April 24, 2012. Further information is available from the Planning Department, City of Port Orchard, 216 Prospect Street, Port Orchard, WA 98366; or by visiting the City’s website, www.cityofportorchard.us/shoreline.

Port Orchard’s shoreline plan goes before City Council

In other jurisdictions, including Kitsap County, the planning process has sometimes grown contentious, as property rights advocates asserted their concerns about potential impacts on individual properties. But in Port Orchard, where few shoreline properties remain that could be developed, the process has been quiet, said planner Jennifer Haro.

The new plan collapses eight designations or categories of shoreline land to five: High Intensity, Shoreline Residential, Urban Conservancy, Natural and Aquatic. Setbacks for Urban Conservancy and Natural areas remain 100 feet and 150 feet, respectively.

The setback for Shoreline Residential properties has been established at 25 feet, which is less restrictive than in the current plan. Haro said the agreed upon setback recognizes that many of the city’s waterfront properties are built in proximity to the water, which is bordered by roadways.

Read the Full Article Kitsap Sun By Chris Henry Apr 23, 2012

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