IMPRA Hearing in June

Steven Gardner writes:

Chris Henry covered the county commissioner meeting Monday and saw the commissioners vote 2-1 to tentatively settle with the Coalition for Healthy Economic Choices in Kitsap and Kitsap Citizens for Responsible Planning, who argued against the commissioners’ decision last year to give the land proposed for a speedway a “placeholder” status.

The settlement agreement calls for the county to hold a public hearing in June to decide whether the Industrial Multi-Purpose Recreational Area designation for the 950 acres should be repealed.

North Kitsap Commissioner Chris Endresen, who will be vacating her seat at the end of June to head up U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell’s state office, was outspoken in her criticism of the interim zoning. Endresen said that people lose faith when governments make hasty zoning improvisations such as the IMPRA.

“I can’t even think of a polite way to say it,” she said. “It’s that we were trying to pull the wool over people’s eyes.”

Property owner David Overton said he had been left out of the conversation.

“I think all I’d say is that we’re sorry the county chose to do these actions behind closed doors and to not partner with a family that’s had an investment in the county since 1920,” Overton said.

He added that he has potential investors interested in his family’s property. But the loss of NASCAR and now the likely reversion of zoning will be a disincentive for them to locate in Kitsap County.

Asked if he had further comment, Overton said, “Nothing you can print.”

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