Consultants begin work on Navy plan

PORT ORCHARD — Kitsap County commissioners have approved a $460,000 contract with a Seattle consultant to develop a land-use plan for avoiding conflicts between Navy operations and future development of private property outside Navy facilities.

The Makers Architecture and Urban Design of Seattle will serve as consultant on the planning project, scheduled for completion in mid-2015. The plan is funded with a grant from the Navy, except for 10 percent which will come from staff time provided by Kitsap County planners.

The study will identify and address potential issues involving Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Naval Undersea Warfare Center-Keyport, Manchester Fuel Depot and Naval Magazine Indian Island. In addition to Kitsap County, Jefferson and Mason counties have been invited to participate, along with the cities of Port Orchard, Bremerton and Poulsbo and the Suquamish and Port Gamble S’Klallam tribes.

Under the contract, the consultants are required to complete a compatibility analysis, evaluate strategies for reducing conflicts and propose priorities for taking action. They must work closely with various government officials as well as an appointed advisory group and hold public meetings at key steps in the process.

The final plan is expected to dovetail with an update of the Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan, scheduled for completion in late 2016.

Christopher Dunagan Kitsap Sun

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