Public hearing for Nordic Cottage project set for Sept. 20

The site plan and design review for the Nordic Cottage project was presented to the Poulsbo City Council Aug. 16, along with exceptions that have been requested for Housing Kitsap.

A public hearing regarding the site plan review and exception requests is scheduled for Sept. 20, with the council set to make a final decision later.

Housing Kitsap, working in partnership with the city and Gateway Fellowship church, previously proposed the use of city-owned property at 609 NE Lincoln for deeply affordable permanent housing, city documents read. The cottages are primarily intended for people and households making between 0% and 80% average area median income.

Housing Kitsap will provide project and property management services, and Gateway will provide land adjacent to the site for parking. Two duplexes will be constructed that each have a footprint of approximately 1,370 square feet, with a total of eight units.

There will be common areas for recreation/gardens. Rent will be required from occupants, and costs will be defrayed by vouchers, per documents. Rent will be used to defray costs of utilities, maintenance and property management. Applicants will be processed by Housing Kitsap with eligibility based on age and disability status.

The summary of exceptions requested by Housing Kitsap include residential multifamily without planned residential development, 26 dwelling units per acre, front setback of 10 feet and 10 parking spots.

The Planning Commission held a public meeting July 25 and recommended approval to the council.