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Hansville Homestead gets a lukewarm public reception

HANSVILLE — There were some minor questions about Hansville’s newest subdivision, including issues with the development’s stormwater system and impacts to current traffic patterns, but nothing that Kitsap County staff and developers couldn’t answer.

Employees with the county’s Department of Community Development, Hansville Homestead developer James Laughlin and others tried to alleviate those concerns at a June 2 informational meeting about the project, which is expected to bring about 200 new residents to the area next year.

A total of 89 lots are expected to be developed on the 205-acre parcel, located off Twin Spits Road, with a density of one dwelling unit per 2.3 acres. Of the 205 acres, 114 will be reserved for open space, with 25 acres potentially incorporated into Buck Lake Park.

The plans for the first phase of the project, which is the construction of 43 homes, have been submitted to the county for review. Laughlin is awaiting county approval of a site development activity permit so he can start construction of roads and installation of utilities and stormwater facilities.

“We would like to construct this project this summer,” Mark Kuhlman of Team4 Engineering said of the first phase. Kuhlman’s company will be drawing up the final plans of the development.

He noted the lots will most likely be sold to one builder for construction, rather than to individual builders. Lots will be no smaller than a half-acre and no larger than two acres and homes are expected to be sold within the $500,000 to $600,000 range.

“Our intentions are to do the full 43 lots,” Kuhlman responded when asked if he thought all the lots would be purchased or not. “We think the demand is there.”

Issues still needing to be resolved include the stormwater system, which the county is currently reviewing, said Kitsap County DCD development engineering manager Jeff Rowe-Hornbaker. Property owners will not have well systems and will get their water from the Kitsap Public Utilities District. Stormwater will be treated in two retention ponds planned for the parcel that will mimic the natural settings seen in the area.

There will be a single road leading into the neighborhood via Prospect Road, off Twin Spits Road. While there will be no thoroughfares constructed through Driftwood Key or Shore Woods for Homestead, there will be an emergency-only gated access through Shore Woods’ Madrona Boulevard. Roads are expected to have two 10-foot traffic lanes with 3-foot shoulders.

Residents’ traffic concerns included the high speed at which many drivers currently travel on Twin Spits Road through Hansville and the safety problems that could pop up due to motorists exiting and entering the development.

County Commissioner Chris Endresen said the dangerous sections of roads aren’t so much the road itself as the intersections. She agreed that there isn’t enough traffic enforcement in the area and the county is looking at hiring more deputies for this purpose.

However, the new trail system expected to be created within the development to connect to Buck Lake Park and other local trails will help keep children off Twin Spits Road, Kuhlman added.

The meeting went much smoother than expected, Rowe-Horbaker said, noting the questions people asked weren’t really out of left field. Residents are just aware of problems from other developments in the past, such as sewer and stormwater issues, and want to “be assured they are not going to be made worse by (the new development),” Rowe-Hornbaker said.

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