County seeks input on land use alternatives in Comp Plan update

(Port Orchard, WA) – The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners will hold three Public Hearings, one in each commissioner district, to accept public input on the draft land-use alternative staff recommends for the Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan update.

“Developing a preferred land-use map from the three alternatives is imperative for Kitsap County because land-use decisions have such direct impacts on the topics that are so important to us now and over the next 20 years: quality of life, public safety, and economic development,” said Commissioner Ed Wolfe, chair of the Board of County Commissioners. The public is encouraged to attend the public hearings to view maps detailing the preferred alternative, and share their comments with Commissioners.

The Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan update is required to be completed by June 2016. The draft plan with three land-use alternatives was issued for public comment in November 2015. Based on input received, staff is recommending a preferred land-use alternative to the Board of County Commissioners. Following the scheduled public hearings listed below, the Board will provide direction to staff on which land-use alternative to incorporate into the final draft of the Comprehensive Plan.

The map for the preferred alternative is anticipated to be available Jan. 25. To view the maps and other background documents, visit http://compplan.kitsapgov.com. Additional public hearings will occur on the final draft Comprehensive Plan in April, May and June 2016.

Public hearings for the preferred land-use alternative begin at 5:30 p.m. in the locations listed below. Maps will be displayed from 4:30-5:30 p.m. preceding the hearings as part of informational open houses in the lobbies of each location.

North Kitsap – Monday, February 1
Map viewing 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Hearing begins at 5:30 p.m.
Poulsbo City Council Chambers,
200 NE Moe Street, Poulsbo

Central Kitsap – Tuesday, February 2
Map viewing 4:30-5:30 pm.
Hearing begins at 5:30 p.m.
Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue/Silverdale Water District Conference Room,
5300 Newberry Hill Road, Silverdale

South Kitsap – Monday, February 8
Map Viewing 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Hearing takes place during the
Board of County Commissioners
regular business meeting in the
Kitsap County Administration Building,
619 Division Street, Port Orchard

For more information, contact Katrina Knutson in the Kitsap County Department of Community Development at (360) 337-5777 or kknutson@co.kitsap.wa.us.

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