PO Plan: Correction

A story that ran in the Kitsap Sun Friday incorrectly identified the maximum building heights in the Port Orchard’s Downtown Overlay District. The corrected portion of the story is:

The maximum height in the city’s downtown core, the “downtown overlay district,” is 39 feet for lots on the north side of Bay Street and on the south side of Prospect Street. The maximum height for lots that abut the south side of Bay Street is 55 feet.

The complete story is below.


More Meetings to Discuss PO Downtown Plan

By Chris Henry
Originally published 06:20 p.m., June 21, 2007
Updated 12:02 p.m., June 25, 2007

PORT ORCHARD

The Port Orchard City Council continues to deliberate on its downtown plan, and two additional meetings have been scheduled to discuss it.

The meetings will take place June 29 and July 6 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. The public is welcome, but public testimony has closed and no comments from the audience will be taken.

At its meeting on Monday, the council discussed a proposal on building heights that originated with Councilman Rick Wyatt. Before the meeting, Wyatt and council members Rob Putaansuu and Rita DiIenno worked with City Attorney Greg Jacoby to incorporate suggestions from the council from an earlier meeting into to the proposal.

According to Mayor Kim Abel, the council came to a consensus on building heights. Buildings on the north side of Bay Street — the side next to the water — that are more than 27 feet will require a conditional use permit. Buildings taller than 27 feet on the south side of Bay Street will need a conditional use permit and will be required to provide view corridors according to guidelines yet to be established, Abel said.

The maximum height in the city’s downtown core, the “downtown overlay district,” is 39 feet for lots on the north side of Bay Street and on the south side of Prospect Street. The maximum height for lots that abut the south side of Bay Street is 55 feet.

Also to be finalized is the issue of amenities, which would be required on any building taller than 27 feet.

Still on the council’s to-do list is to complete discussion of a menu of amenities developers could choose from to meet ordinance requirements. The proposal under discussion is to require amenities valued at a minimum of 1 percent of the building’s assessed value. Amenities would be required to be on site, Abel said. Other issues the council will discuss are parking and a proposed design review committee.

Once the council comes to a consensus on all aspects of the plan, they will vote on its adoption.

Abel said the council could vote at the July 23 meeting “if all things move forward,” Abel said.

This story has been corrected from the original version. The original story indicated that the maximum building height in the entire downtown overlay district was 39 feet.

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