Port Gamble master plan the subject of Thursday meeting

Olympic Property Group, the real estate management subsidiary of Pope Resources will hold a meeting to discuss the group’s revised Master Plan for Port Gamble Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hood Canal Vista Pavilion in Port Gamble.

According to Olympic Property Group’s president, Jon Rose, the plans were first presented around 2006 and again in 2014.

The biggest changes this time around, Rose said, are increased commercial spaces, and the addition of attractions like wineries and a significant amount of open spaces.

Roughly 250 new homes and commercial spaces are slated to be built under the new plan, Rose said. The group will also be looking to rezone Port Gamble from industrial use (a vestige from when Pope resources operated its logging mill in the town) toward smaller-impact commercial and residential uses.

In addition to the group’s hopes of bringing agro-tourism to the area through wineries, plans are in place for a hotel along the waterfront. A small dock could also be in the works, Rose said, which he added was on a “separate permitting track.”

Currently, Rose said the Pope-owned town continues to lose some $300,000 each year.

“This new plan is going to redevelop the town back to the level of development it was at during its peak,” Rose said. “When 700 to 800 people resided in Port Gamble.”

Thursday’s event will begin with a short open house, followed by a presentation and then a question and answer period.

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