UGA boundaries to be recommended Monday

Septic systems are expected to be nixed from smaller UGAs in state mandated redo

The Board of County Commissioners is expected Monday to hear recommendations on ways to shrink Urban Growth Boundaries in Central Kitsap and Silverdale.

The board Tuesday heard staff recommendations to shrink the Port Orchard and Kingston UGAs through some slight shuffling of the 2006 borders that brought legal challenges resulting in a 2011 state order to recreate UGA boundaries.

“[The] UGAs were just too big,” said Eric Baker, Kitsap County Planner, Monday.

Many who’ve commented to the BOCC on the issue recently have said that the county population projections of 335,000 people by 2025 where too high.

Baker represented the county during the board hearing and Monday presented the BOCC with some of his staff’s recommendations how to comply with findings during a planned BOCC deliberation on the matter.

The BOCC has until the end of August to resolve the matter with new and acceptable UGA boundaries.

A planning department presentation of recommendations on the redrawn CK and Silverdale UGAs was delayed until June 18 because District 3 commissioner Josh Brown was absent from the June 11 meeting until the closing minutes, when he gathered staff and headed to his office.

Baker said his staff created some hybrid recommendations for Silverdale and CK with pieces of alternatives 1 and 2, which will be explained Monday afternoon at the county administration building in Port Orchard. Plans for the new boundaries take into consideration public comment, said Baker on Monday.

The Growth Management Hearings Board determined that Kitsap County “double-dipped when it discounted twice for constrained land in its Urban Restricted designation.”

UGAs guides determine development standards and densities within their boundaries.

Several members of the Central Kitsap community gave testimony during a May 4 public hearing on the redrawing of county UGAs that has resulted from the hearing. Most spoke in favor of retaining the “rural character” of the central county around Silverdale.

Central Kitsap resident Patrick Muse said the county should exclude Barker Creek from the UGA and “keep it as wild as possible.”

The Suquamish Tribe asked that the new maps, defining urban areas within a largely rural county, exclude Barker Creek because of chinook, coho, chum, steelhead and cutthroat trout populations.

Silverdale resident Tex Lewis asked that Royal Vally be in the UGA, while Mary Zabinski and Phil Best joined at least a dozen others in support of the complete exclusion of Chico from the Silverdale UGA.

Central Kitsap resident Jim Brady asked that the county planners excluding Brownsville from a UGA, but supported the idea that Rolling Hills Golf Course be included in the UGA as parks land.

At least two developers spoke in favor of the loosest possible regulatory approach in the redo.

Monday’s BOCC public UGA deliberation was interrupted for 45 minutes by a scheduled executive session on “pending litigation.”

When county planner Eric Baker’s presentation reopened to the public, he was recommending that the BOCC approve new UGAs that do not allow septic  systems at all. Commissioners Robert Gelder and Charlotte Garrido seemed to agree.

“Interim septic is a bad idea,” Baker said.

Whatever the final staff-recommended boundaries are, Baker advised the BOCC that conclusions were a mix and match of plans and the new UGA lines are likely to consider only lands that hold “real development potential” and those “that can be hooked up to sewer.”

“This issue is a matter of how and where to contract,” Baker said.