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Will Silverdale be Kitsap's largest city?

On Dec. 4, the CK Council gingerly accepted the final draft of “Silverdale Visioning 2052.”

Council members were still smarting from the brow beating they received from Old Town business owners last month. (See sidebar.)

The draft included a significantly enlarged “Silverdale city limits” — a picture of what the community will look like in 50 years after incorporation.

Consultants, the county and Council all believe incorporation into cityhood is inevitable.

Silverdale’s boundaries could stretch far beyond the so-called “llama-shaped” borders proposed in the last effort to incorporate — increasing the size of Silverdale five- or six-fold and boosting the population to at least 50,000.

Silverdale would basically swallow up the territory between Poulsbo and Bremerton.

Specifically, the proposed borders range (clockwise) from Subase Bangor northwest to Virginia Point on Liberty Bay northeast (including Island Lake), and down the coast from Liberty Bay to Port Orchard Bay, dipping inland to Riddell Road (Bremerton’s northern border), and then southwest engulfing Dyes Inlet (including Chico and Erlands Point), further south to include Seabeck Highway (near Wildcat Lake), and finally north up the Willamette Meridian to Bangor again — passing close to Hood Canal.

The old proposed borders were never more than four miles from Dyes Inlet. The northern tip of the inlet acts as the community’s geographical center. The new borders include the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.

CKCC members and consultants reminded those present that the plan, including new borders, are a “possibility,” not “cast in concrete.”

The 45-page final draft was formally accepted by the 10 members of the 17-member CKCC who were present. The commissioner-appointed citizens-advisory Council will digest the report — formulated by Concordia consultants of Port Townsend and county planners — and turn it over to county commissioners early next year.

Although similar to two or three earlier drafts, this final draft had its own flavor. Nearly 50 members of the public attended the evening meeting at the Central Kitsap High School cafeteria Dec. 4. Several spoke, both in support and in opposition.

l The CKCC will receive written public input on the subject until Dec. 27.

l They will next meet Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Fire Hall/Water District Conference Room, Newbery Hill and Dickey roads, to decide on accepting the plan and forwarding it to county commissioners.

l At that meeting, they will also elect officers for 2003, and replace the two high-school seniors and one adult member (Noel Sim, retiring from the Council).

Call planner Laura Ditmer at the county, 337-7181; or Johnson at the CKCC, 692-2945.

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