>Illahee Plan FAQs – 11/22/08

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Questions Regarding the Illahee Plan. We continue to have questions asked about the Illahee Community Plan and sub-area plans in general. In the early days of the plan we had so many questions we developed a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) document to pass out. We recently provided it to a late comer in the process and they stated it was a “fabulous document” and helped them better understand the reason for sub-area plans. Even though the document was prepared nearly three years ago, it still is helpful for those just becoming aware of the Illahee Community Plan and wanting more information.

Attending The Public Hearing on Monday Evening. We have heard that a number of you are planning on attending the Commissioners’ meeting on Monday. Thanks to all of you who can make the meeting.

Jim Aho

Illahee Community Plan

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Thank you for your input and questions to our efforts to develop an Illahee Community Plan and establish a Citizens Advisory Group (CAG)! Through questions asked at our initial meeting, as well as comments, phone calls, emails, and some research, we have compiled this list of Frequently Asked Questions. These FAQs are intended to provide responses to the most commonly asked questions. If you have a question not included here, or simply would like to discuss particular concerns or questions further, please do not hesitate to contact us.

1. Why are you proposing this Illahee Community Plan? The Growth Management Act permits counties to recognize and define areas and communities with unique characteristics and qualities, and they can develop their own “community” or “subarea” plans. In Kitsap County there are a number of subarea plans listed on the county website. Some of which are Manchester, Kingston, Suquamish, and Keyport. The Illahee Community has been in existence for over 90 years, and along with its history, has unique physical characteristics and features that qualify it for special recognition.

2. Why do we need a community plan? The county has a Comprehensive Plan guiding development in this area. Some of the land uses designated for this area may not be what residents expect or want. With a community or subarea plan, residents have an opportunity to participate in restructuring the land uses for this area to make them more compatible with the desired character. Also, without this plan, it would be more difficult to provide features such as open space corridors, trail connection and other services in a coordinated manner.

3. What is the Comprehensive Plan? The Comprehensive Plan is a policy document and a long-range guide for the physical, social, and economic development of a county or city. Kitsap County’s Comprehensive Plan projects the future growth and associated development for the next twenty years. The Plan addresses topics such as where to new homes should be built, the location of commercial and industrial development, utility and service requirements, as well as many other elements that affect our quality of life. Kitsap County is required to review their plan every ten years, as required by the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA) [RCW3.70A.310]. They are currently in the process of a 10 year update, which is required to complete by the end of 2006.

4. Why is this plan being done now? Is there some major development planned? This plan is being completed now because of the impending deadline for the 10 year update. If we don’t act now, we must wait another 10 years. This plan is not intended to address any pending or anticipated proposals. In fact the Illahee area is at near “build out” conditions. We do want to have a plan in place for land use, so appropriate development can take place. We feel this area is an extremely unique area and needs a more detailed plan.

5. Does the County have preconceived notions of how this area should develop? Yes, they have designated this area as an urban growth area in the 1998 County Comprehensive Plan. The existing plan slates most of this area for high density residential development, with a zoning classification of 5 to 9 homes per acre. However, there are questions about how this high density classification should fit with the semi-rural nature of this area and whether there are other classifications needed in this area.

6. When were the planning decisions made for this area? When the County last established their Comprehensive Plan in 1998, we feel they used a broad-brush or blanket approach to defining future land use in this area. Their planning was done before the establishment of the Heritage Park and before the culverts were replaced on Illahee Creek in support of salmon runs. With the major changes that have taken place in our area over recent years, it is time we look at our area in more detail.

7. Why did you change the name of your project from “Illahee Subarea Plan” to “Illahee Community Plan”? We were asked by Kitsap County officials to do so. They said we were too late in the planning process to use the “subarea” title and still be considered as part of the 2006 Comprehensive Plan Update, which is due on December 31, 2006. They did say that if we developed a “community” plan in a timely manner that it could be considered as part of their 2006 update. There is a lead time necessary to create a standard subarea plan and the county normally has a consultant work with the community to help with its preparation. We simply came to the table too late to take advantage of this service.

8. Why didn’t you start the subarea process earlier? The “critical mass” did not come about until late 2005, which was already too late for the subarea process. Our “critical mass” was essentially a number of events that made us realize the need to establish ourselves as a community and be involved in our future. Some of the major events leading up to our decision were: The creation of the Illahee Preserve as a Heritage Park. The new culvert for Illahee Creek increasing the viability of salmon runs. The purchase of approximately 90 acres of creek corridor lands with grant money. The Port of Illahee grant application to determine how to control storm water in Illahee Creek and other local watersheds. A salmon grant approved to restore portions of Illahee Creek. A primary and possibly secondary wildlife corridor area at and between Illahee State Park and the Illahee Preserve. Our 90th anniversary as a unique community in Kitsap County. These items, coupled with watching others in the county define themselves as unique subareas; have resulted in a resurgence of community pride, community activism, and community independence.

9. What do the terms “community” or “subarea” stand for? “Community” or “subareas” are just terms used to refer to a specific area within the Growth Management Area. Each community or subarea must establish the boundaries for their particular geographical area within the larger Growth Management Area. In our case, the area we are considering for the community of Illahee is the boundary already established for the Port of Illahee and two logical fringe areas.

10. What does it mean that this area is within the larger Growth Management Area? A Growth Management Area (GMA) is an area on a map denoting areas of urban development. Cities and the county have defined their Growth Management Areas. It helps the governing bodies plan for providing public services and facilities in the future. We are within the Kitsap County GMA, but the boundaries are subject to change. The city of Bremerton could likely consider expanding its GMA boundary to the north, and Silverdale could someday be looking at becoming incorporated and would likely be expanding its GMA boundary south to the Bremerton GMA boundary. As such we could find ourselves future residents of either Bremerton or Silverdale. Note: A proposal by some members of the Silverdale subarea committee did propose that its boundaries should be expanded east to the water and that would take in the Illahee area.

11. What issues will this plan address? The Illahee Community Plan will focus on issues involving land use, transportation, utilities, parks and recreation, storm water, greenways, and any other appropriate issues.

12. What are the biggest challenges for this plan?

a. Residents and property owners who have different preferences and visions for the area need to come together to work out future solutions they all can support.
b. While everyone so far has been enthusiastic about this effort, some community members may be skeptical about this plan, and yet we need everyone to be involved.
c. Planning is difficult because of how we may feel about our rights as property owners. On the one hand, people often do not want to be told what to do with their property. On the other, they want neighbor’s property to remain unchanged. How can we reconcile these two views?
d. Our goal is to have a 70 to 80% approval rating of the community plan. This will require communication with nearly everyone within the community boundaries.

13. Will the County be involved in this plan if we as a community prepare our own plan? The County will be involved with this plan because the County will need to make decisions about this area’s future. Community plans help the counties make decisions about the services they provide, and about land use development within their boundaries. This plan will address the various needs of the community, and the best way to provide for those needs. Ideally, residents and property owners will come together to figure out how to plan for the type of area people want to see in the future while at the same time protecting property owners’ rights to sell and develop their properties.

14. How did you get this effort started? What were the steps and what is being planned? First, we began by discussing issues with neighbors to determine the general interest in the concept of a community plan. Next we held a public meeting to determine if there was broader interest, which resulted in unanimous consent, and the establishment of a Citizens Advisory Group. We will be conducting further public meetings to involve as many people as possible. Our goal is to have our community plan completed by summer of 2006.

15. How can I get involved and remain aware of the process and plan decisions? Sign up to receive project updates and meeting announcements. And, feel free to call any of the project contacts with questions at any time.

16. How do we know this process will make a difference? Your question asks whether the County will listen to the community. First, the County Commissioners won’t approve this plan unless it has strong community support. If for you, listening to the public means we do what you as an individually want, this may not happen. This is because there are many different people involved in this plan, and a successful plan will mean people with different wants and needs and priorities come together to work out their differences and plan a future all can live with — including the County.

17. Will community members be kept informed of all stages of the planning and will we get to vote on the proposals? If you sign-up on the emailing list, we will keep you informed of all stages of the planning process. The plan presented to the County Commissioners will be the result of public involvement where community members influence the alternatives to be studied, how they are evaluated, and what goes into the final plan. Community members need to help create this plan, not vote on it.

18. How are these plans for the future decided? Community residents and property owners work together with County staff to create a plan they can support. Typically, the plan doesn’t include everything any one person would want or not want, but represents a fair and realistic compromise that hopefully most people can live with. Review and approval by the County Planning Commission and by County Commissioners is needed before any plan is adopted.

19. How will this plan benefit homeowners? Homeowners will benefit by being able to envision what their future looks like with regards to land use regulations and the natural resources within the area.

20. Will this plan pave the way for development? The reality is some development will occur on the community’s vacant lands with or without this plan. There is no legal, feasible way to prevent development other than outright property purchase by the County, which is unlikely to happen on most parcels. With that said, this plan will help us identify the type of development most compatible for the different areas, and set up standards to regulate its layout and design.

21. What is your timeline for completing the plan? Our goal is to complete the plan by summer of 2006. Our brief schedule is as follows:

February Present Proposal at Initial Public Meeting

March Distribute Questionnaire to Community

Present Proposal at Expanded Public Meeting

Present Proposal at County Public Meeting (Mar 27)

April-May Develop Draft Community Plan (by Citizens Advisory Group)

June Distribute Draft Plan and Present at Public Meeting

July Present Final Plan to County

Note that even though the Draft Plan was completed in July 2006, it has taken until 2008 to complete the county processes.

>Miscellaneous Items – 11/8/08

>Noise From Gillnetters. We had reports from some Midwest people that is sounded like it was pheasant hunting season in Illahee on Friday with all the shotgun blasts. It was also reported there were a few less seals on the area floats on Saturday morning. Evidently the shotgun noise was coming from the gillnetters protecting their catches from the seals.

People Passing Away. We haven’t always known what to do when local Illahee residents pass away. Do we wait for the obituary to show up in the paper, which sometimes can be weeks, or do we just pass on whatever we know? There will be a website advisory group meeting soon that will discuss what should be reported. We have decided to pass the information on when we receive it as sometimes neighbors aren’t always aware or they may be on travel.

Helga Wright Passing. We were notified Friday of Helga Wright’s passing. It doesn’t seem like it was very many years ago when her husband died. It was quite sudden. The following was received from one of her neighbors:

Helga Wright passed away yesterday afternoon. She was admitted to Harrison Tuesday for stomach problems, operated on Wednesday and because of severe complications wasn’t expected to survive much longer. Her family decided to take her off life support 2 PM yesterday. We’ll miss her.

CAG Near Final List. We have completed compiling the list of Citizens Advisory Group (CAG) members that were involved with the Illahee Community Plan between 2006 to 2008. The county supplied the 2008 list, and the community supplied the names from 2006 through 2007. Since the names will soon be listed in the Plan we have printed the list here. If you helped and your name isn’t on it, please let us know asap as the names will be sent to the county on Monday, 11/10/08.

John & Marilyn Adair, Elysa Aho, Kay & James Aho, Irene & Jack Aylward, Vicki Bartlett, Barney Bernhard, Audrey Boyer, Emily Boyer, Dale Boyle, Cynthia Brackstad, Jim & Kathy Brady, Tom Brittell, Bob & Julie Brooke, Michael D Brownell, Steve Bryant, Hugh Coe, Terry & Julie Cox, Delores Crist, Gwen Detweiler, Don Dietch, Dolores Doninger, Dedrick & Deloris Easely, Merrill Evans, Kathleen & Martin Francom, Michael Greer, Barb Gutierrez, David Haynes, James & Sabine Hazel, Bob & Carol Henning, Cindy Holben, Steve Jackson, James & Sandy Jacobson, Don Jahaske, Robert H & Doris B Jarvis, Berni Johnston, Laurie Jones, Teresa Jones, Bill Kettenring, Irwin & Judy Krigsman, Merilee Kuklinski,Laural Kuklinski, John & Peg Lesser, John R. & Arlene Lind, Sharon Looper, Lynn Lund, Rodney & Marina Mansfield, Mike Mantzke, Dennis M May, William & Pat McCauley, Danya McConnell, Wayne & Jan Morris, Larry Newton, Michael Nicolaus, Arden Norvold, Nancy Nystrom, Joe & Joyce O’Hara, Tom & Katie Proteau, Tom Rutter, Steve Ryder, George Schaefer, Christie Schultz, Dennis Sheeran, Lenny Smith, Lynn Smith, Jim & Judy Stelson, Cathy & Paul Stensen, Chris & Lynn Stone, Anthony Strickland, Jim & Alice Trainer, Hazel Witte, Rob Woutat, Dan & Mary Ann Wright

Jim Aho

>Miscellaneous Items – 11/6/08

>Frustrated Gillnetters in Illahee Waters. We have a couple of reports about some gillnetter boats in the Illahee waters. The first was on Wednesday when a sea lion was seen taking salmon from the gillnet. The sea lion would splash the salmon on the surface of the water and the fisherman were seen trying to scare it away with their flare gun. On Thursday evening there must have been a seal or a sea lion bothering another gillnetter because there were two shotgun blasts about 5 pm. The fisherman have told us they can defend their nets with shotguns and they evidently sometimes have to.

Seals on Area Floats. The seals are back on area floats, with one float along Illahee having numbers in the mid teens nearly every morning.

Break-in Email. We have received a number of responses thanking us for sending out Ed Hamilton’s information about the break-in at his mother’s house and reminding us to watch out for each other’s homes. Thank you Ed for the email.

Dock Outfall. There is progress being made on a possible settlement to the outfall at the Illahee dock. A settlement agreement document was in the process of being prepared by the Illahee Community Club, when another much more detailed document was being prepared by the attorney for MT Illahee. Now it looks like it will take some time to work on settling on the agreement writeup. We think the attorneys must love this all the way to the bank. The good news is we have the potential to have settlement that can be a win-win situation for all parties, if we can now settle on the writeup.

Sewer Hearing on November 17th. The Illahee Community Club (ICC) has retained a wastewater expert to watch out for the Illahee Community’s interest when the Timbers Edge project runs a sewer line over a mile long over Illahee Creek and through the historic section of Illahee. New notices were reportedly received by residents within 200 feet of the shoreline where the sewer line will be run, but they were not sent out to other residents along the route, even though the Kitsap County Code says residents along the sewer line are required to hook up. The ICC’s lawyer complained to the Hearing Examiner (HE) about this but evidently the Examiner is not concerned, and the hearing seems to be going ahead for November 17th. For those close to these issues, they are upset with the county and the HE on the notice situation.

Citizens Advisory Group List. The final Citizens Advisory Group (CAG) list needs to be completed this weekend and turned in early on Monday. We need to hear from everyone regarding how you want your name listed, and if you want your name on the list. We just reached the number 90 and need to hear from the rest of you soon.

Keep those reports coming in!

Jim Aho

>CAG Members? – 10/31/08

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Appendix to the Illahee Community Plan? We are helping finalize the Citizens Advisory Group (CAG) list, which we think will be included as an Appendix to the Illahee Community Plan. This list will attest to our efforts to involve as many residents as possible in the development of Illahee’s Plan.

The 2008 CAG List Is Small. The county has only a small list of members for 2008, especially in comparison to the number of those who participated in 2006 and 2007. Part of the problem is a number of the 2008 participants failed to sign in at the meetings or to check the box that they wanted to be CAG members.

2006 & 2007 CAG Participants. We are in the process of verifying the CAG participants for the years of 2006 and 2007. We had about 80 residents who indicated their CAG interest on the initial questionnaire that was distributed in the community, and more who volunteered afterward.

Notices Have Gone Out. We have sent out a number of emails and letters to verify name spelling and to make sure recipients wanted their names included.

Participation Requirements? Some have asked what the participation requirements are. They are basically to have been involved in some way with the development of the Plan. Some have been quiet at meetings, some have been unable to attend meetings but reviewed emailed materials, some monitored the process to make sure we didn’t stray from what they wanted in the Plan, and some were more materially involved such as with writing, editing, critiquing, and attending meetings. All this help was needed and greatly appreciated.

Website Access & Updates Used. When we first started working on the Plan, many indicated they were unable to attend all the meetings because of work or other obligations and asked to receive Plan information electronically or by mail. We created a website for the information and emailed information to all those who provided an email address.

Letters Used Early On. We tried to communicate with letters early on for those without email, but stopped because of the time and expense of mailings. We know that decision affected some of the early CAG members, and we regret they were not provided the same amount of information as those with email. We do know, however, that many residents who received email updates shared them with their neighbors without email.

Didn’t Receive a Notice? If you didn’t receive an email notice or a letter this week, and participated in some way with developing the Plan, please let us know right away. We want to recognize all CAG participants.

Let Us Know By Nov 7th. Please email us quickly as our deadline to complete the CAG list is November 7th. You can also call Jim Aho @ 479-1049 or Mary Ann Wright @ 475-0330.

Dennis Sheeran & Jim Aho

>Planning Commission Meeting – 9/10/08

>Planning Commission Meeting. The Planning Commission heard public testimony regarding the Illahee Community Plan on Tuesday evening (9/9/08). There were only a couple of Illahee residents who spoke, though others were in the audience and ready to speak if they thought it necessary.

Decision on September 23rd. There were few comments or questions for the speakers and the Planning Commission will deliberate and come to a decision at their next meeting on September 23, 2008. The next step will be a public meeting before the County Commissioners.

No Opposition. Someone commented that after nearly 3 years of working on the plan, sending it out to the community for comments at every opportunity, and incorporating nearly every comment, and then giving it to the county to go through their public process, that there shouldn’t be any opposition, and there wasn’t.

Thanks to the County Planners. The community thanked Katrina Knutson and Jonathan Pavy for all their work in getting the Plan through the first stage of the public and county processes. The second stage will be a public meeting before the County Commissioners.

Personal Comments. My personal comments, after working with the community on the Plan from the very beginning, are as as follows:

I thank the Port of Illahee and specifically Dennis Sheeran for co-chairing the initial efforts that got the Illahee subarea planning process started.

I thank all those Illahee citizens who responded to that first questionnaire that appeared in their paper boxes and door steps, for their thoughtful responses and suggestions.

I thank the nearly 100 residents who indicated on the questionnaire that they would be members of a Citizens Advisory Group to work on the Plan.

I thank all those who wrote, modified, edited and otherwise contributed to the various drafts that were prepared over the past almost three years.

I thank those who continued on with the process through the county’s Citizen Advisory Group to see the Plan to completion.

I thank all those individuals who contributed financially to cover the expenses such as printing costs of the various drafts of the Plan, along with the help received from the Port of Illahee, the Illahee Forest Preserve, and the Illahee Community Club. As the county knows those printing costs are considerable.

I thank Laurie Jones, our Illahee website administrator, who posted copies of the Illahee Plan on our website, illaheecommunity.com, thereby making the Plan available to more people.

I especially thank our primary editors of the final draft copy that was given to the county, Mary Ann Wright and Vicki Bartlett. They did an unbelievable job of making things read and look right.

I thank the county for accepting so much of what the community prepared and wrote.

I thank the county commissioners, especially in 2006, who patiently listened to Illahee citizens come before them with studies supporting zoning requests, and for their granting the majority of them.

I thank past County Commissioner Patty Lent and the county planning staff who first met with us for the support of the various maps that were needed for the Plan. Without the maps we would not have been able to proceed.

I thank Cindy Read for the excellent job of preparing the numerous maps that are in the Plan that really tell the Illahee story.

I thank the current commissioners and specifically Josh Brown for including the Illahee Community Plan to be reviewed in 2008.

And finally, I thank the people of Illahee for their community spirit and insightful thinking that brought forth a Plan that represents the will of the majority of Illahee citizens.

Jim Aho

>Preliminary Draft Illahee Community Plan – 8/16/08

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Important Task. It is important that the Illahee Community look over the County’s Preliminary Draft of the Illahee Community Plan. The County has taken the Community’s Plan and is revising it to reflect what they heard from the community, the Citizens Advisory Group (CAG) meeting input, and what they would like to see in the Plan.

Ninety Five Percent Has Not Been Changed. The good news is that most of the document has remained as it was written by the community.

Concerns. There however are grave concerns over other parts as some of the CAG decisions appear to have been left out or dismissed. A major concern that has been expressed is the location of the Green Belt. While most like the Green Belt concept, all thought is was agreed that it would run from the Cheney Estates, then east of Ridgeview to Illahee State Park, and then diagonally from the Park to the Illahee Preserve area. Instead it shows it taking in the Illahee Preserve, Rolling Hills, and the historic section of Illahee, the last two of which are problematic.

Changes Not Noted. Additionally, the review is complicated as many of the changes have not been highlighted or annotated. We have been told that it requires posting both documents and going through them line by line.

Do You Want to See Comments Copied to Us? Some of you have provided us a copy of your comments to Katrina, and we are debating whether to pass them on to the community since they might influence the thinking of others. On the other hand it is nice to know what others are thinking and it might spur those on who might otherwise not commented on the Plan. Let us know your thoughts on this.

Katrina’s Email Attached. Attached below is Katrina’s email that was sent out late Friday afternoon.

CAG Meeting Wednesday at Library. The community meeting to go over the changes is Wednesday at the Sylvan Way library for 6-8 pm.
Surveys Need to be Completed. Also, please complete the survey that is online. It is the official record of the community’s thoughts on the Plan.

Jim Aho

The preliminary draft Illahee Community Plan has been posted at the following website:

http://www.kitsapgov.com/dcd/community_plan/subareas/Illahee/default.htm

FYI: Final formatting and polishing of the document will be done after community comments are received. GIS staff are working on new maps for the plan and planning staff are working on charts, pictures and graphs for the plan.

You have different options for getting me your feedback on the document: 1) Come to the final CAG meeting on August 20, 2008 at the Sylvan Way Library from 6-8pm, 2) Email you comments to me at kknutson@co.kitsap.wa.us, 3) Send your comments to me at 614 Division Street MS-36 Port Orchard, WA 98366 and/or come to the Planning Commission public hearing on September 9, 2008 at 6:30pm.

Please pass this information to others you know how may be interested.

Also, please visit the above mentioned website and take a survey regarding the Illahee Community Plan if you have not done so already.

As always, thank you for your participation and please contact me if you have any questions.

Best,
Katrina

Katrina N. Knutson, Associate Planner
Kitsap County
Department of Community Development
Policy and Planning Division
614 Division Street MS-36
Port Orchard, WA 98366-4682
(360) 337-7181
KKnutson@co.kitsap.wa.us

>Illahee Community Plan Update – 6/17/08

>CAG Review Work Completed on 6/16/08. The Illahee Community Plan Citizens Advisory Group (CAG) completed their review of the Plan on Monday evening (6/16/08).

Next Meeting Late July? There will be not be another meeting until the Plan changes are incorporated by the county and presented to the community in about four to six weeks. At that time the community will have an opportunity to see it in its near complete state and make any last corrections before it goes to the Planning Commission for their review.

Review Opportunity Before the Meeting. The county will complete their efforts about a week before the final review meeting in order to give the community enough time for it’s review.

6/16 Meeting CAG Actions Later. The CAG voted on a number of issues during the 6/16/08 meeting that will be forwarded later when the county completes the official minutes of the meeting.

Thanks to the Present and Past CAGs!! Thanks to all those who participated in this phase of the project, and a special thanks goes to all those who worked on the past draft documents that made this review much easier.

Support Needed. When the near final document is completed, please plan on looking it over carefully, and if possible, plan on attending the final review meeting. This is the subarea plan that will control and influence future land use decisions in Illahee for years when it is supported by the community and approved by the county. We have been advised that at the very end of subarea plans there are always vocal opponents who will show up at the county public meetings to voice their opposition. We hope that will not be the case in Illahee, but if so, it needs to be countered by overwhelming community support.

Watch for further updates.

Jim Aho

>Unofficial Report of CAG Meeting – 3/3/08

>Unofficial Report. This is an unofficial report of the Citizens Advisory Group (CAG) meeting held earlier this Monday (3/3/08) evening. The official reporting of the meeting will be by Kitsap County.

Continuing to Report. We have been asked by a number of Illahee residents to continue with our reporting of the all the events going on in Illahee, including our views of the CAG meetings, and so we will publish unofficial updates that cover the meetings.

County Process. The county has taken over the entire community plan process and so it was interesting for us to observe their methods and actions at this first meeting. They are starting from the beginning, with the visioning process, to determine exactly what the citizens of Illahee desire for their community. We think this is a wise decision on their part, and needs to be done, to prevent someone coming in later to say the public process was not followed or it was not sufficiently objective.

Planning Team. Katrina Knutson is our lead planner, with Jonathan Pavy as assistant, and Pete Sullivan, another planner who is also assisting. They are an energetic, knowledgeable,and helpful team and it should enjoyable to work with them. They are trained planners and have access to information that took us much time to obtain, not to mention access to maps and readily available copy machines.

Monday (3/3/08) Meeting. This was the first official meeting of the CAG that followed the open house held last Monday. The CAG was relatively small in numbers but very concerned and outspoken.

The Vision? So what did they come up with for a vision? There were 5 or 6 charts of input that we will let the county synthesize and report on. When we compared their notes with the vision statement in the draft Plan, we found it was almost exactly the same as that articulated by one of the breakout groups. We think the second group may have come up with some new additions, but will wait to see once the final report on visioning is complete.

Similar to 2006? The original vision statements in the draft Plan came from the comments received from the approximately 250 respondents to the questionnaire sent out in March of 2006. It was when Illahee residents responded with articulate statements of what they wanted for their community and were willing to take the time to answer questions and then address, stamp, and mail them into a Post Office Box, that we knew the Illahee residents really cared. And it was heartwarming Monday to hear essentially the same concerns and interest in Illahee some two years later with another group of residents.

A New Survey. The group was asked whether they felt a community survey should be conducted, and we were happy they wanted one. For those of us involved with the beginning of the Plan in 2006, the questionnaire that was developed provided the basis for almost everything we did in that it provided the quantitative data of what the community wanted. Without it we would have had to rely on what was said at each meeting, which would have been dependent on who attended, and then on who spoke up. We found out then that we have many people in Illahee who for whatever reason are not ‘meeting people’ but who want their voices to be heard. And so we welcome the survey and will help get the survey out to residents, if need be.

Thanks to the County. In closing, we thank the County Commissioners and DCD Director Larry Keaton for supporting the development of an Illahee Community Plan. We look forward to working on a plan that preserves and protects the natural features, charm and quaintness of Illahee for this generation and generations to come.

A Unique Opportunity? We think this is a very special habitat place that needs some special care and attention by the county and the community, and those actions will someday be an example or showplace of what can happen if people really want to protect and preserve unique natural resources.

Jim Aho

>Transition Update – 2/29/08

>This is a TRANSITION update.

Kitsap County is now the official source of information regarding the Illahee Community Plan. Any further reference to the Plan in these Illahee Community Updates is unofficial.

Email Katrina. To get on the Kitsap County email list simply email Katrina Knutson at kknutson@co.kitsap.wa.us. She will need to know if you want to be on the Citizens Advisory Group (CAG) list or the Interested Party list.

Note: When we started issuing updates we were careful to guard your email addresses by sending out “blind copies” unless the addresses or people were in the public domain. Therefore, we have not provided your email address to the county, so if you want to be notified by the county you will need to give them your information.

CAG Meeting on Monday (3/3/08). That said, we want to remind Illahee residents that the first CAG meeting will be held Monday evening (3/3/08) from 6-8 pm at the Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church on Perry Ave.

Get a copy of the draft Plan. Even if you can’t commit to the CAG for the 8 meetings held every other week, you will want to drop by and pick up a copy of the draft Plan and the handout maps.

Puget Sound Partnership Meeting (2/28/08). It was good to see a number of Illahee residents at the Puget Sound Partnership meeting on Thursday at the Kitsap Convention Center at Bremerton Harborside. We will be inputting information on our National Fish & Wildlife Foundation grant and our Port of Illahee / Department of Ecology grant into the Partnership’s “Program Inventory Record” as what we are doing in Illahee fits the PSP goals to restore and protect Puget Sound.

Jim Aho

>Community Plan – 2/24/08

>The following email was sent out to members of the Illahee Community Plan Citizens Advisory Group (CAG) and is provided for your information:

This is a reminder of tomorrow’s “2008 Illahee Community Plan Update Open House & Community Planning Process Kick-Off” meeting on Monday, February 25th, at the Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church on Perry Ave from 6-8 pm.

Kitsap County is taking over the public process of updating the Illahee Community Plan. The county will be working with the Illahee Community and will likely establish a new Citizens Advisory Group. We would like to encourage as many of you as possible to stay involved and see it to its completion, which we hope will be early in 2008.

It has been a long wait since the initial draft was finished on 7/5/06. We’ve completed two more drafts and feel the Plan has gotten much better. We modeled our Plan after the Manchester Plan, which was updated in 2007, and so we hope to learn some lessons from them. We are fortunate to have as our planner the person who did the Manchester Plan Update, Katrina Knutson.

Whether you decide to continue or not, it has been great working with you. We regret we can’t acknowledge everyone as we don’t have records of all who worked on all the different sections or chapters or those who made all the different suggestions or edits. We also had others help who did not want to be a member of the CAG and we aren’t able to thank most of them because they aren’t on the CAG list.

Let us leave you with some statistics. When we wondered if the community was interested in developing a community plan we distributed approximately 1000 questionnaires and we were amazed that nearly 250 people sent in a response, with 234 saying they wanted to develop a Plan. Moreover, many volunteered to be on the CAG, which eventually numbered over 100.

We need to admit that we were not able to keep our communications with such a big group. We tried to put out update letters to those who didn’t have email, and eventually ran out of time and energy. We then decided to communicate only to those with email. We also did not call to keep track of all the emails when people changed providers. We felt we did good until mid 2006 and when things dragged on we didn’t keep up. We now send out community updates (blind copies) to over 250 email addresses and now have 23 that come back undeliverable.

Thank you for all your efforts and for a great beginning draft of the Illahee Community Plan! We hope you can help with this final effort and we will see you Monday!

Dennis Sheeran & Jim Aho