New housing development proposed near KHS

KINGSTON — An application to develop a plot of land between the Kingston High School campus and Carpenter Creek has been submitted to the county.

Twenty-seven homes are proposed on 8.45 acres of land. A public hearing on the application will be held at 10 a.m., Feb. 13, in the Board of County Commissioners Chambers, 619 Division St., Port Orchard.

The development will be between 50 and 100 feet away from the east side of the North Kitsap School District bus depot, according to Jeff Smith, the county's Department of Community Development staff planner. It will be about 100 feet away from Carpenter Creek at its closest point, and about 400 feet away at the farthest point.

Plans include landscaping, which will "interface better" with the high school, Smith said. There will be some buffers that will be impacted. The proposal includes off-site mitigation and drainage.

Landowner Gary Prisk originally approached the county about the property in 2006. He proposed 38 homes. That was denied, because it would have been built on wetlands. The new plan "definitely avoids any wetland impacts," Smith said.

Each lot will be about 6,000 square feet. There will be 20 homes in the north end of the lot, and seven at the south end. The homes will be accessed by one road, with a turnaround. There will be a recreational facility, which will include open space and a playground.

There is a plan to connect the property with the high school, so any students living there can walk directly to campus.

Prisk is the land owner who sold two properties to the Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority, which became part of the Mutual Self-Help Housing Program. The properties include Kingston Meadows, and a neighborhood on Caldart Avenue in Poulsbo.



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