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County begins environmental impact review for Port Gamble redevelopment

Kitsap County received an application from Olympic Property Group to redevelop the historic town of Port Gamble with a mix of residential, commercial and open space/recreational uses. Prior to any land-use hearings on the application, an environmental impact statement (EIS) is prepared to analyze the environmental impacts of the proposed project.

The first step of the EIS is conducting a public scoping process. Kitsap County invites comments on the scope of issues to be analyzed in the EIS and is hosting a Public Scoping Meeting on March 18 from 5-7 p.m. at Poulsbo City Hall, 200 NE Moe St. County environmental planners have begun to identify EIS scoping issues including traffic and water resources as well as cultural and historic impacts.

“The scoping process and the upcoming public meeting provide a great opportunity for public input at the beginning of this process,” said county Commissionr Robert Gelder, who represents District 1 in North Kitsap. “Before the public hearings or any land-use decisions on the project, we want the EIS to be comprehensive. The public’s input on what the EIS should consider is key to a good product.”

Besides the March 18 meeting, there are other opportunities available to submit comments on the scope of the EIS:

Via e-mail to Kitsap 1 no later than March 20:

  • help [at] kitsap1 [dot] com

In writing, postmarked no later than March 20 to:

  • Kitsap County Dept. of Community Development
    Attn: Port Gamble EIS Scoping
    Planning and Environmental Programs Division
    614 Division St., MS-36, Port Orchard, WA 98366
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