Illahee Update 6/1/12 Deer, June Events, Preserve Wildlife Meadow, Remand Hearing, Shoreline Hearing, Timbers Edge Meeting, Ecology Grant

Deer.  With two major park areas (which total over 600 acres themselves), forests and riparian areas, and open space areas, it is no wonder there are lots of wildlife, including many deer, in Illahee.  Reports of fawns and twin fawns have come in, along with the normal complaints of deer eating roses, etc, not to mention gardens.  It is a rare day when one doesn’t see any deer during an extended walk in the area.  Thanks to those who send in pictures such as these.

Major June Events.  There are at least 4 major June 2012 events affecting Illahee.  (1)  The Preserve’s wildlife meadow restoration project, (2) the remand hearing on Monday(6/4), (3) the Shoreline hearings on Tuesday(6/5) in Port Orchard and the following Monday (6/11) in Poulsbo, and (4) a yet to be set up meeting on Timbers Edge.  This is a busy time of the year to fit in these events with others such as graduation parties, vacations, and outside recreation opportunities.

Wildlife Meadow.  The Compass Circle area in the Illahee Preserve has been cleared of felled trees and soon will be tilled in order to plant grass seed.  The plan is to get the area ready for planting ASAP in hopes to catch some June rainy days to help the grass seed germinate and get established.  The actual meadow area before the clearing was only about a quarter acre, and now is greater than an acre.  Removing the perimeter alders and clearing the blackberry bushes makes the area look refreshingly open which should  make for a great meadow.

Remand Hearing.  A special public remand hearing before the Kitsap County Commissioners will take place on Monday (6/5/12) at 5:30 pm at the County Administration building in Port Orchard.  The commissioners are hoping to hear from residents as to what zoning changes, if any, they would like to see for their community.  For Illahee residents who have had concerns about their being included in the Urban Growth Area (UGA), which brings along with it urban housing densities and urban infrastructures such as sewers, this is their opportunity to either suggest lowering the urban densities (Alternative 2) or removing portions of Illahee entirely from the UGA (Alternative 1).  We heard from a few residents who forwarded their preferences.

……  I cannot decipher the zoning map but wish to express the desire to not be included in an urban redistricting. I also have no desire to pay an enormous amount of money for a sewer hookup as I see no benefit to doing so………

I along with most people in the area support Alternative 1 to the CK UGA. I live on Hicks avenue, which Alternative 2 proposes running a new sewer line. A sewer line on Hicks avenue is completely unnecessary. The area has little development potential left and as you have stated in your emails and comments to the county it would be best to use septics in this rural area to maintain aquifer levels in support of Illahee creek. I can maybe see running sewer if this area were just starting to be developed say 30 years ago, but not today.

Shoreline Hearings.  There are two public hearings opportunities in June before the Planning Commission regarding the Shoreline Management Program (SMP) update.  The first is on Tuesday (6/6/12) beginning at 6 pm at the County Administration building in Port Orchard.  The second is next Monday (6/11/12) at the Poulsbo City Hall at 6 pm.  Both of these meeting will offer an open house at 5 pm preceding the hearing.  The purpose of these meetings are to hear testimony regarding the SMP update draft document that is available on the county website at:

Timbers Edge Meeting.  Later in June after the Remand Hearing and the SMP hearings, a meeting will be set up to discuss options available to residents regarding the expected trustee sale of the Timbers Edge project.  We will provide more information on this meeting as it becomes available.
Ecology Grant News.  We recently received a copy of Kitsap County Commissioner Josh Brown’s May newsletter, which provides more details about the recent Department of Ecology (DOE) grant to help control the stormwater surges that have plagued Illahee Creek for years and resulted in the brown sediment laden waters well out into the bay after every storm.  We will try to get more information and maps to better understand the magnitude of the project.  Thanks to the county for submitting the grant and to DOE for approving it and helping with a major portion of the funding.  The newsletter is attached above and the link to the newsletter is:

Jim Aho