Commission favors sub-area plans

During the Kitsap County Planning Commissions deliberation meeting Nov. 29, members unanimously agreed to recommend that the county commissioners approve the latest proposed versions of the Kingston and Suquamish sub-area plans.

There was only a minor change to the Kingston plan, said Department of Community Development senior planner Albert Williams. The owner of a .21-acre parcel of land, located at the entrance of the Kings View Loop subdivision, had requested the property’s zoning be changed from urban low to urban medium for future development.

The former allows five to nine dwelling units per acre while the latter allows 10-18 units per acre, including multi-family homes.

“The planning commission didn’t understand why that made sense,” Williams explained. “Everything around it was urban low.”

The commission had received testimony and letters from the public, concerned about the owner constructing a multi-unit building and potentially blocking the view of those living within the area of the property, Williams said, prompting the commission’s decision to deny the request.

The county commissioners will hold a work study session Dec. 12, at a time yet to be determined. The commissioners will hold its public hearing at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Kingston Community Center. The board is expected to make a decision whether or not to accept the plans into the county’s 2005 comprehensive plan Dec. 19.

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