Opinion: Planners pushing the wrong idea again

Hey, Martha, they’re at it again and just in time for Christmas.

Those Kitsap County planning wizards are going to try to remake Silverdale one more time. (“County set to study Silverdale potential,” Dec. 20) Guess that last “sub-area plan” and the assumptions about redevelopment of existing property did not work out like they said it would. So much for treating assumptions as facts. Now they want to target the strip malls and parking lots.

Shame on me for thinking those small businesses actually generate jobs and revenue. Bet Mayor Patty would love to have some of those “excess” parking spaces. It seems the “new” plan is to “redevelop” businesses into apartment complexes. That would give us more places for people without jobs to live and less tax revenue to support the services they need. Don’t we already have a working (perhaps non-working) model of that concept in Kitsap?

Maybe it really is time to take a hard look at 25 years of central and comprehensive planning and determine just what we have gained or lost from the effort. Until the County really understands the impact of their planning efforts, perhaps they should just leave Silverdale alone. We are doing just fine, thank you.

Jack Hamilton, Silverdale 

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