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Angeline project granted Suquamish Way access

"SUQUAMISH - One big bump in the road for a proposed Suquamish housing development near Angeline Avenue has been smoothed by gaining access through Suquamish way, county officials announced Thursday. Puget Sound Energy has agreed to allow vehicles to access the development by Suquamish Way. This would alleviate the traffic congestion residents feared the 22-home project would have caused on Angeline. This agreement is a great example of both parties thinking outside the box to reach a win-win solution, said Chris Endresen, Kitsap County Commissioner precinct one. The tribe's proposed low-income housing development caused concern among Angeline Avenue residents who have said the project's density does not comply with the county's rural residential zoning. These concerns were discussed in two public hearings hosted by the county and the tribe. The tribe is converting the land from fee to trust and it is not subject to county or state jurisdiction. Originally Suquamish Way was the first choice of the Suquamish Tribe to be the access road , but PSE rejected the proposal because of safety concerns. A primary power transmission corridor interfered with the path of the roadway and private property sitting adjacent to the guy wire and anchors has multiple owners, making it difficult to acquire easement rights. Kitsap County Public Works resolved those concerns by providing physical buffers and a different route around guide wires, said Don McDaniel, PSE spokesman. Guardrail, concrete bollards and fencing make the design workable. Residents were pleased with the announcement as well. The roadway is scaled to serve the 22 housing units on 14 acres proposed for a site within the original boundaries of the Port Madison Reservation and will be developed through an inter-governmental agreement with between the Suquamish Tribe and Kitsap County. The project will generate an estimated 229 average daily trips and 24 peak hour trips a day onto Suquamish Way. Ron Yingling, assistant director of public works for the county plans to finalize the deal next week when he meets with representatives from the tribe and PSE. This is really positive for the community, Yingling said. "

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