The Year Past. We have been asked about the accomplishments in Illahee and with the Illahee Preserve this past year and decided to take the time to list some of what we remember. We were surprised and happy to see what has been accomplished.
Missing Posters. We noticed several posters around Illahee. The first for a missing person, and the second for a missing cat.
Regarding the proposed county-wide timber management policy, I was pleased to see this is part of it:
“each county owned forested [parcel] will need its own forest stewardship plan” (page 5-9, which is pp 10 in the PDF)
Basically, each parcel (and sub-component thereof) is to be assessed individually to decide if it shall be used as watershed, park, or tree farm. I see no reason (yet) for there to be a fight… what is needed (my opinion) is an aggressive move by the interested parties to ensure selection for Illahee of whichever of the options they would like to see (presumably a mix of watershed preserve and park).
If your readers only look at one of the 58 pages in the draft policy, they should look at page “4-8” (pp 9 in the PDF). “parks” and “tree farms” are way down the list: priorities #5 and #6 in a list of 6 program objectives. There’s nothinginherently evil in this plan. I see this as opportunity to codify in county policy the very protections they are looking for. I think the plan is very thoughtfully done. As with everything, the devil is in the implementation.
Deer Photo. We have heard about a number of big bucks in Illahee, but this one is the most colorful. While sometimes we have lots of wildlife photos coming in, that is not the case now. Please feel free to forward any wildlife photos you would like to share. The note with this photo was:
Specifically, the Hearings Board has required Kitsap County to revisit the following:
1) Whether 4 dwelling units an acre (1/4 acre lot sizes) is an appropriate urban density for Kitsap
2) What density should Kitsap use when calculating the amount of urban area necessary to accommodate population growth through 2025.
These issues primarily apply to the low-density residential zones (Urban Low, Urban Cluster and Urban Restricted) and likely will require a reduction in the sizes of many of our urban growth areas.
Kitsap will be holding two public workshops to further present the requirements of this Hearings Board remand. These workshops will also include public discussions of the issues of urban growth in our County and which areas are most appropriate for future urban development. These workshops will be held on the following dates and times:
6:30PM – 8:30PM
Kitsap County Administration Building, Commissioners Chambers
619 Division Street, Port Orchard
6:30PM – 8:30PM
Klahowya Middle School, Commons
7607 NW Newberry Hill Road, Silverdale
These workshops will include an opening presentation, followed by individual discussion group exercises and then concluding with an open house for attendees to speak one-on-one with County staff.
Additionally, if you are the primary contact for an interest group please forward this message on to your appropriate body.
We look forward to this public discussion that will affect our community’s future . If you have any questions regarding the remand or the upcomining workshops, please contact Eric Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (360) 337-4495or Angie Silva at email@example.com or at (360) 337-4841.
Heather Adams, Community Planner
Policy and Planning Division
Kitsap County Department of Community Development
Illahee Preserve. We have been asked if anything has been going on at the Illahee Preserve since nothing has been mentioned recently. It is time to catch up on this unique area that remains unknown to so many in the area.
The primary purpose of this project is to increase community awareness of and access to the 400 plus acres of preserved community land in Illahee, Washington.
1. Create a conceptual site plan for the main entrance of the park, to include areas for future restroom, gazebo/picnic area, and playground area. Site plan will be developed based on input and approval from all Community Partners.
2. Create new brochure, including logo, for the preserve. This will include conducting a GPS map of the current trails to develop a more accurate and user-friendly presentation for the brochure.
3. Develop sustainable fundraising plan for preserve improvements that incorporates customized pavers, online donations, and other, low effort methods.
4. Build trail markers at the 5 main entrances of the park, and along intersections and trails where needed. These trail markers will be on posts (not trees).
5. Project group and community partners to hold a “work day” to install trail markers.
6. Finalize with a Community Awareness and Access Event at the Preserves.