CKCC finds annexation, incorporation are still touchy subjects

Incorporation and annexation — two of the most controversial subjects regarding Silverdale.

These were two of the main topics discussed at Wednesday’s Central Kitsap Community Council (CKCC) meeting. There was no discussion of initiating incorporation or annexation, however, what was talked about were the details of the process that it would take to incorporate or annex Silverdale which was presented by attorney Phil Bacus of the Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Bacus explained that there are six different methods for annexation with the most common through petition gathering. The petition method would have to be initiated by 10 percent of Silverdale residents or the owners of 10 percent of the acreage in Silverdale.

“The petition gets it on the table to the city council,” Bacus said.

The boundary review board would set a date with the initiating party no later than 60 days after the petition is initiated and can accept, reject or geographically modify the proposed annexation.

If proposed annexation is invoked the county boundary review board would have a public meeting. If the city council approves the annexation requests, it would have to be approved by 75 percent of registered voters.

There are several more steps that would take place for the incorporation of Silverdale if proposed once again. The last time incorporation was proposed was in 2000 and when it reached voters, nearly 60 percent were against the idea.

The process of incorporation begins with a notice of intent to incorporate being filed with the county. The county boundary review board would then have a public meeting on the proposal. A petition proposing incorporation would have to be circulated and signed by at least 10 percent of the registered voters living in Silverdale. The petition must be filed with the Kitsap County Auditor within 180 days of the date that the public meeting was held.

The county boundary review board would have another public meeting and the proposed boundaries could be altered or even denied.

If it’s not denied by the boundary review board, a ballot proposition authorizing the incorporation would be submitted to voters at a special election. If that’s approved by voters, nomination of candidates for city elected officials would appear on the primary ballot. City officials would then be elected on the general election ballot. The initial elected officials would take office immediately and would provide for a transition during an interim period for Silverdale to become a city. Finally, Silverdale would officially incorporate at the end of the interim transition period and the initial elected officials would assume full powers. These details were discussed just to give people an idea of what would happen if Silverdale ever becomes incorporated.

Cities in Washington that have incorporated in the last 20 years include Federal Way and SeaTac in 1990 and Burien and Woodinville in 1993. More recently Spokane Valley incorporated in 2003 and at the time had a population of about 80,000 people.

Also at the CKCC meeting was information on the watershed and Silverdale sub-area planning. There are plans to integrate the watershed process with sub-area community planning. A grant was received for Barker Creek at the

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