Planning Commission OKs Central Kitsap Community Campus master plan

The Kitsap County Planning Commission Tuesday approved the design and master plan for the Central Kitsap Community Campus.

“There’s a lot of developmental potential on this site,” said Angie Silva, special projects planner with the county.

Silva said throughout the 20-year span of discussion on the campus, the key themes have always involved it being a gathering place for civic, cultural and recreational opportunities.

Currently, the Haselwood Family YMCA that opened in June is the only new occupant of the 12-acre site.

The plan’s priority uses of the campus continue to be for a library, performing arts center, senior housing, open space and retail. The county and Kitsap Regional Library are constructing a memorandum of understanding to see how they can finance a feasibility study to see if a new Silverdale library on the campus is of interest to the community, Silva said.

There will be a phased approach and parking will either be underneath buildings or be a centralized parking structure. The design standards provide for flexibility by future developers, Silva said.

Josh Fisher, who grew up in Kitsap County and lives in Bremerton, was the only person to give public testimony who was not involved with the campus design committee.

“I share a vision to see this developed,” said Fisher, 25.

Fisher sutdies sustainability and design at Olympic College and plans to become an architect.

He shared his own ideas for the campus including creating a parking structure that has space for senior housing or retail above it. The parking structure could also have material wrapped around it to make it appear to be public art, he added.

Another idea Fisher had is to include an outdoor space on the campus for theater or music performances.

“Kitsap County is classy,” he said.

Silva said the next steps in the process would be for the county commissioners to hold a public hearing and hopefully adopt the plan in January.

Robert Moyer, president of the Central Kitsap Community Council and a member of the campus design committee, said it’s important for organizations that want to build on the site to have guidance — and the plan would do that.

“It’s to get the meat on the bones,” Moyer said.

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