Report: Not much space remaining within UGA

Those who attended the Central Kitsap Community Council (CKCC) meeting on Wednesday got a first-hand look at current land issues including an inventory of vacant, buildable land in Central Kitsap.

Byron Harris of Prudential Realty presented a PowerPoint presentation on an inventory of vacant lands within local urban growth areas (UGA). The technology that Harris uses for his inventory is GIS (geographic information system), satellite imaging and custom design software. He and other agents are in the process of contacting all vacant land owners in Kitsap County with the help of Pacific Northwest Title and are currently making 120 contacts per week to determine if the vacant land is actually available. Currently, 27 percent of people who have been contacted have vacant land within the Silverdale UGA that is available and buildable, but there are still more landowners to be contacted.

“The agents go through analysis, including what’s useable and why some (vacant land) may not be useable,” Harris said. “We want it to be defensible and as close to the facts as possible.”

After determining how soon the vacant land would be available, the agents place a timeline on the property’s data sheet and will list it as available immediately, six months to one year, one to three years, three to five years or five to 25 years. His presentation also showed what constitutes

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