Planners seek ideas for future of Gorst

Gorst Watershed Planing  – Protecting the area’s creek systems and sensitive shorelines will be a priority.

GORST — The unique character of Gorst, near the head of Sinclair Inlet, deserves an equally unique approach to planning, according to city and county planners who are working together to outline prospects for the region. Thanks to a $660,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, the city of Bremerton has taken the lead in studying the entire 6,000-acre watershed for Gorst Creek and its tributaries, including Jarstad, Heins and Parish creeks.

Residents of the area and people who understand the history of the area can bring their perspectives to a meeting Tuesday. During the meeting, planners will unveil the alternatives and ask people to add their ideas. The meeting will be held 5-7 p.m. at Kitsap Square Dance Association’s Dance Hall, 6800 W. Belfair Valley Road.

Planning began in 2011 by analyzing the watershed, with implications for the urban growth area of Gorst, which has been proposed for annexation into Bremerton. Upcoming meetings will frame the options for a revised land-use plan. Three alternatives will undergo an extensive environmental review. “We want to make sure we have the full gamut of what people want to consider,” Spencer said. “One of the alternatives is a do-nothing alternative. The other options look at how we can best protect the environment, including the shoreline.”

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