Brynn Grimley writes:
One year ago Tuesday Olympic Property Group President Jon Rose and County Commissioner Steve Bauer met with me and environmental reporter Chris Dunagan to tell us about the North Kitsap Legacy Partnership.
Since then we’ve covered the different stages of the project, including initial reaction from economic development leaders and the environmental community. I think we’ve done a pretty good job of staying on top of the latest developments with the project, but because they’ve spanned the last year and been so varied in their makeup, I thought it might help people to see a chronological list of stories to help you remember what’s happened in the last year.
These are stories I used to refresh my memory while writing the Sunday story on the most recent development with the project. As that story states, the tribes are now willing to come to the table to talk with OPG and county officials — a significant turn in events.
One part of the equation I did not include in my story was the idea of creating a fully contained community land use designation that would allow OPG to develop Port Gamble at a higher density than currently allowed. OPG has not said explicitly that it needs a FCC for the project to go forward, but leaders have said they’d like to see it as an option because there aren’t many “tools left in the toolbox.”
Dunagan recently wrote about FCCs and the countywide planning policies that will be up for discussion Jan. 27 during a hearing of the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council.
Here’s the list of stories I used to write my Sunday story, and additional stories I think are important to the larger NKLP project — including Dunagan’s most recent countywide planning policies story:
- Jan. 19, 2010 NKLP announced
- Jan. 20, 2010 Initial reaction from County Commissioners
- Jan. 23, 2010 Economic development community’s response
- Jan. 23, 2010 Environmentalist thoughts on NKLP concept
- April 26, 2010 Drafting of agreement for partnership between county and OPG
- May 12, 2010 County Commissioners consider repeal of county’s RWIP program
- May 21, 2010 Advisory group created to scrutinize proposal
- July 1, 2010 OPG’s first public unveiling of proposal for developing Port Gamble
- Aug. 18, 2010 Further details about MOU agreement between county and OPG
- Aug. 26, 2010 First story about tribal opposition to project
- Nov. 3, 2010 Tribes request environmental review of adding density around Port Gamble
- Jan. 13, 2011 Dunagan’s story on the countywide planning policies and fully contained communities
I realize there’s a lot here, but it might help give context heading into 2011 as the county and OPG look to work with the tribes to create a plan that tries to address everyone’s concerns.