County denies proposed Tracyton development

A proposed development that would have seen nine new homes built on 1.65 acres near Tracyton Boulevard and Kint Drive won’t be moving forward.

The Kitsap County Department of Community Development denied the application last week citing that the stormwater management system as it was being proposed did not meet county code.

In a letter to developer Jeff Reed, Community Development Director Larry Keeton said the short plat was being denied due to several factors including that there were multiple design flaws. A review of the proposal found that in multiple places stormwater runoff would not be maintained and that the proposed rain gardens would not be able to filter the amount of rain water runoff.

The report said that on a site visit on March 25, surface soils were fully saturated at the location of the proposed rain garden and that there was seepage and standing water at 27 inches in a June 2012 boring test.

Neighbors had protested the proposed development back in March. They cited their concerns about stormwater runoff. Several of them reported already getting water runoff flowing from the property on to their yards and into their homes and garages downhill.

They said if the nine homes were allowed to be build, the water situation would be magnified.

Ron Gillespie, a property owner near the proposed development, said the neighbors were relieved at the county’s decision to deny the plans for the subdivision.

“We commend the department of community development on this matter,” Gillespie said. “The department’s denial seems to suggest that the neighborhood concerns were justified and given the conditions that exist at the site, now documented by the county, we agree that the proposal does not comply with county requirements.”

The neighbors took on an educational campaign about the history of the property in question and went to the Central Kitsap Community Council and County Commissioner Josh Brown to try to stop the development from going forward.

They informed the council, the commissioner and the community development department that the native soils had been removed from the property and replaced with off-site fill dirt which had apparently negatively affected the already high level water table. They convinced the county that more development would create an even bigger problem of water runoff.

Developer Jeff Reed said he hasn’t yet consulted with his engineer on the project and wouldn’t make a decision about appealing the denial until he does. He has until May 20 to file an appeal.


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