Monthly Archives: February 2007

Manchester United

Once burned, twice careful seems to be the motto of Manchester residents as they embark on a revision of the Manchester Sub-Area plan (Manchester Community Plan). County officials launched the process Tuesday at an evening meeting where, one after another, residents expressed frustration over how the 2002 plan was put into action (or, as they said, not). Many noted concerns with regards to building height in the downtown area. Concern over rapid development and traffic problems topped the list of issues that would be given close scrutiny as the plan is revised. The county and residents who volunteer to be involved in development of the plan are on a tight time line. They need to submit a draft to the county’s Planning Commission by September.

Downtown Plan: Does City Council Have ‘Tunnel’ Vision?

There’s more to a view than meets the eye, according to Paulie Williams of Port Orchard, who says the home in which she lives will lose $100,000 in value (along with a 180 degree view of Sinclair Inlet) if the city council raises the height limit on downtown buildings to 55 feet.
The proposed height ordinance is part of the city’s Downtown Overlay District plan, which has been in the works since last year and is set for finalization within the next month.

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Port Orchard Downtown Overlay

I spoke with Port Orchard Mayor Kim Abel today about tonight’s public hearing on the proposed downtown overlay (7 p.m. Feb. 26, City Hall). Mayor Abel expects comments from residents on the issue of building heights. The proposed plan would allow buildings of up to 55 feet in height with the addition of amenities specified in the plan. The mayor and other city officials took a tour of properties up on the hillside above downtown to see how properties would be impacted.

Although this is billed at the final public hearing on the plan, additional public comment will be taken after tonight’s meeting, because of a glitch in getting the public notice out to all residents potentially affected. The additional comments may be taken at the next city council meeting or at a special meeting of the council. Stay tuned.

SK Parks: Curiouser and Curiouser

A new wrinkle in the ongoing South Kitsap Community Park saga may further delay negotiations between Kitsap County commissioners and the South Kitsap Parks and Recreation District about a proposed county takeover of the park, said a county official Feb. 22, following a parks district business meeting.
The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a report of “insurance fraud” filed Feb. 13 and naming as the victim Washington Government Entity Pool, which insures the parks district.

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Howe Now Howe Farm?

The Kitsap County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board on Wednesday voted to recommend a proposal from South Kitsap School District and WSU Kitsap County Extension for agricultural projects at Howe Farm that would be open to both students and the public. The decision passed unanimously despite protests from people at the meeting at Givens Community Center who said the 83-acre county park in South Kitsap should be left as it is.

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SK Parks Commissioner Resigns

The Kitsap Sun late Tuesday received an e-mail from SK Parks & Rec board chairman Larry Walker stating that parks commissioner Steve Horn has resigned, effective Feb. 19.
Horn’s written statement, included in the e-mail, was , “Due to circumstances beyond my control, I am officially resigning my position on the SKP&RD board. On this day February 19th, 2007.”

The board will discuss a method for appointing Horn’s replacement at its March 8 business meeting.

More to come as I learn more.

South Kitsap Park & Rec Developments

The South Kitsap Parks and Recreation District board of commissioners has decided to extend the deadline it issued to the county for a decision of the fate of its park to April 4.
The board met in executive session Tuesday to discuss the deadline, which it had set in a letter to county commissioners two weeks ago.
“We decided to extend the deadline to the county to April 4 to agree or not to the settlement,” said board chairman Larry Walker. “So hopefully we’re back on track here.”
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South Kitsap Bond Preview

South Kitsap voters will be asked to decide March 13 on a proposed $163.2 million school bond to build a second high school, replace the aging South Colby Elementary and pay for major repairs and upgrades to all existing schools. Ballots in the all-mail election must be postmarked by that date.
The amount requested in the bond is by far the largest ever asked of voters in the county and would be the largest school bond passed if approved.

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