POULSBO — If the smooth sailing continues for the Port of Poulsbo’s harbor line extension, the Washington State Board of Natural Resources should give it the final OK on June 5.
The board reviewed the port’s proposal at its May 1 meeting and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources did not receive any comment letters about the proposal, said DNR aquatic resources division manager Rich Doenges.
“It appears pretty cut-and-dry,” he said.
State staff have examined the proposal and provided that information to the board, so the June 5 meeting will be an update of the previous information, he said.
“They may review the proposal one more time, and we’ll answer any questions they have,” Doenges said. “A decision will be made at the meeting.”
That approval is the first step in a much larger project to renovate and expand the port’s current marina.
Other parts of the project include a floating breakwater, expanded moorage and a new floating attenuator.
Port Commissioner Tony DeCarlo said it will be nice to have the outer harbor line extended, so the port can focus its attention on the remaining pieces of the expansion.
“One of the first things we’ll probably do is put in some floating moorage lines,” he said.
Work on replacing the existing breakwater is important, but the floating moorage lines will be the first step in the process, he said.
“We need to work on getting some grants for that, and we also need to work with the city to tie in the floating breakwater to the shore,” DeCarlo said.
Net Shed Vista on Fjord Drive is the most likely place for that connection, but the details must still be worked out for that to happen, he said.
In March, the Poulsbo City Council voiced its support for the port’s plans including the acquisition of Net Shed Vista, but Councilman Ed Stern emphasized that before any final decisions are made, residents in the area need to be informed and involved.