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September 13, 2012 -  9:03 am

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One of the truths about a company that grows trees and develops large master-planned communities is that things don’t happen overnight. A case in point is the town of Port Gamble, now about a decade in the planning process.

For the past several years, we’ve held many community meetings and open houses.  The most recent occurred in June when nearly 400 Kitsap County residents turned out for an informational open house to learn about the Port Gamble Master Plan as well as hear updates on the Kitsap Forest & Bay Project and the ongoing environmental clean-up of Gamble Bay.

It was a great meeting and the energy and excitement for the revitalization of Port Gamble was palpable in the room.  If you missed it, we’ve posted a nine-minute video that gives you a great overview and summary of the meeting.

The excitement continues – it’s just not as evident as it was during the meeting. So, quick updates on all three initiatives are in order.

Port Gamble Master Plan

Planning for the revitalization of Port Gamble is moving ahead. Triad Associates, the lead consultant on the project, has assembled a team that is busy applying its expertise to the project in key disciplines such as sustainability, historic preservation, traffic planning and architectural landscaping, to name a few.

Recent design reviews highlighted some key points:

Port Gamble will have a compelling blend of residential and commercial elements that is consistent with the historic legacy of Port Gamble while retaining open space and view corridors.

The revitalized Port Gamble definitely will live up to the concept of ‘live/work/play,’ and preliminary plans showcase the possibilities – a dedicated market square, an ongoing farmer’s market and multi-family units that offer live-work housing situations.

Plans for the town’s commercial zone not only incorporate existing businesses but add new ones, including plans for an inn or hotel that would offer some of the best views in the Pacific Northwest.

The Port Gamble Master Plan will be submitted by the end of 2012 to Kitsap County to start the formal review and approval process. For maps and additional project details, please visit www.itsyourbackyard.com.

Kitsap Forest & Bay Project (KFBP)

The KFBP is an initiative by multiple stakeholders to buy all or part of Pope Resources’ 6,900 acres of North Kitsap timberlands. The project is led by Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy), which holds an option agreement with Pope Resources.

At present, property appraisals are underway for the Port Gamble millsite and the Gamble Bay shoreline immediately south of the millsite. An appraisal for the remaining 6,900 acres of timberland that is part of the option agreement with Forterra is forthcoming.

We expect all three appraisals to be completed in September.

Environmental clean-up of Gamble Bay

Pope announced recently that it has set aside more than $14 million for potential clean-up costs. Negotiations are ongoing with the Department of Ecology and both sides are working hard to agree on a clean-up plan.

One key factor in the negotiations is a legislative appropriation of $9 million that is earmarked for shoreline acquisition and restoration of Gamble Bay.

To see the proposed Master Plans and to get involved in Port Gamble’s future, please visit www.itsyourbackyard.com and its sister web site, www.popenorthkitsap.com.


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