CK Community Council meeting to address Silverdale incorporation initiative

Information on the Silverdale incorporation process will be presented at the regular meeting of the Central Kitsap Community Council from 7 to 9 p.m. April 20 at the Water and Fire District Community Room, 5300 NW Newberry Hill Road, Silverdale. This follows proponents of cityhood taking an important step forward toward incorporation earlier this week.

Citizens United for Silverdale, the committee pushing for incorporation, filed its intent for incorporation to the county Monday. The notice of proposed incorporation, as the document is formally called, outlines a proposed city of Silverdale including the type of government and boundaries.

After a public meeting with east Island Lake residents in February, the committee decided to omit those with Poulsbo addresses from the proposed city, Marcus Hoffman, committee spokesman said Tuesday. Other than that group of residents in the northeast corner of the Silverdale urban growth area, the rest of the urban growth area is included in the proposed boundaries, he said.

“Their kids go to North Kitsap and they don’t feel like they were part of Silverdale,” Hoffman said. “We don’t want to disrupt that community.”

Should Silverdale become a city, the group of Island Lake residents not included in the city are able to join later on, Hoffman said, adding that the group can always be annexed into the city.

From submitting the notice with the county, “the clock starts ticking” to move forward with the incorporation process, said Carl Johnson, committee treasurer who handed in the paperwork to the county. The county Boundary Review Board has been notified of the group’s intent and will hold a public meeting on the proposal to review the application. The committee also has 180 days to gather at least 10 percent of signatures from registered voters within the proposed boundaries for approval of incorporation to conduct an election. The entire Silverdale urban growth area includes 19,000 people and Hoffman said a rough estimate is that about 17,000 people reside in the current proposed city boundaries. The supporters are planning for a spring 2012 special election to go to voters.

After Johnson submitted the notice with the county, county commissioners addressed the receipt of the notice at their board meeting that day.

Commissioner Josh Brown said the county cannot control when or how incorporation will occur, but that should the efforts be successful, the county should ensure there is a smooth transition and that residents have all pertinent information available to make their decision before voting.

The committee plans to hold more public meetings throughout the upcoming months.

In addition to Hoffman covering Silverdale incorporation at the community council meeting, the meeting will include presentations on four-year degree programs at Olympic College and the Poplars Avenue and Silverdale Way intersection project near the Central Kitsap Community Campus.

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