Public generally upbeat about Port Gamble plans

POULSBO — A community meeting seeking input for an upcoming environmental analysis of the Port Gamble revitalization project attracted more praise for the project than concerns. The meeting, which attracted about 40 people Monday to Poulsbo City Council chambers, is part of a public comment period known as scoping for an environmental-impact statement, said David Greetham, an environmental planner for the county.

Some attendees expressed concerns that the project could negatively affect the area’s fishery, large recreation space and contribute to traffic. But the majority of speakers Monday spoke in support of the development plan.

OPG President Jon Rose opened the meeting by providing a summary of the plans. Restoration efforts for the area began more than 18 years ago, when the Port Gamble mill site, which is owned by OPG, closed after 142 years of operation.

Revival plans call for building 176 new homes and commercial building in the area. Rose previously stated he wanted to bring back New England-style homes that once dominated the area. He repeated during Monday’s meeting the two plans being proposed for the site. The preferred plan includes about 50 less homes and more open space than an alternative one. The chosen plan will depend on whether OPG and the Department of Ecology can agree on clean up efforts for the area, which call for pilings removal and dredging wood waste from the bottom of the harbor.

After a draft statement has been submitted, the public will have 30 to 45 days to comment before the final document is submitted to the Kitsap County hearing examiner for approval.

Comments about the statement can be sent to Kitsap County DCD, Port Gamble EIS, 614 Division St., MS-36, Port Orchard, WA 98366 or emailed to help@kitsap1.com.

Kitsap Sun article

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