Make your voice heard on these critical issues | In Our Opinion

State legislation. The health of our environment. Future development in North Kitsap.

You have an opportunity to make your voice heard on critical issues that will influence the future of North Kitsap. We encourage residents to participate. This is as much a part of the democratic process as the ballot box.

Saturday, our 23rd District state legislators will talk about issues and answer questions about the legislative session in Town Hall meetings in Bremerton and Poulsbo.

State Sen. Christine Rolfes and state Reps. Sherry Appleton and Drew Hansen will meet with constituents from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Eagle’s Nest at the Kitsap Fairgrounds, 1200 NW Fairgrounds Road, Bremerton; and 1:30-3 p.m. at Poulsbo City Hall, 200 NE Moe St.

Monday, you can participate in the discussion about the potential environmental impacts from proposed development in Port Gamble. The meeting is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. in the Poulsbo City Hall Council Chambers, 200 NE Moe St.

Olympic Property Group, the real estate arm of Pope Resources, submitted to Kitsap County its master plan for Port Gamble’s redevelopment in January. The master plan calls for a neighborhood of approximately 200 new homes, with a neighborhood pavilion and beach access. An agricultural district is proposed, with a farmers market, orchard, production garden, vineyards, and a landscape and horticultural center.

Pope Resources also proposes a waterfront boardwalk, a dock, a marine science center, and nature trails, parks, stores and waterfront dining.

Residents can also submit comments by e-mail to help@kitsap1.com no later than Wednesday; and by regular mail, postmarked no later than Wednesday, to Kitsap County Department of Community Development, Planning and Environmental Programs Division, 614 Division St., MS-36, Port Orchard, WA 98366. Attn: Port Gamble EIS Scoping.

Wednesday, residents can learn more about a new neighborhood of 145 homes proposed by Quadrant Homes near Noll Road and Hostmark Street. The meeting is scheduled from 6-9 p.m., at the Poulsbo Fire Station, 911 Liberty Bay Road.

The site proposed for development is 29.78 acres. Five acres will remain open space, including critical areas and a stand of mature forest.

Thursday, you can participate in a discussion about a Department of Ecology plan for cleaning up bacterial pollution in Liberty Bay.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m., in the Poulsbo Fire Department community room, 911 Liberty Bay Road. The meeting opens with an informal open house, followed by a short film at 6:40, a presentation by Ecology and a Q&A.

According to Ecology, most of the streams entering Liberty Bay — except Sam Snyder Creek — contain high levels of fecal coliform bacteria. Bacteria sources include pet and livestock waste, leaking sewers, poor waste management, and failing septic systems.

Ecology invites public comment on the study and plan through April 15. The document and related materials are available at www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/tmdl/LibertyBay; and the Kingston and Poulsbo branch libraries.


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