Hearing date for the SMCI project has been extended

A hearing on the proposed plan to add nine nine single family residences on 1.65 acres near Tracyton Boulevard and Kint Drive has once again been postponed.

It was set to be heard by the Kitsap County Hearing Examiner on Dec. 12, but now has been rescheduled to March 13, 2014.

Originally, the matter was set for a hearing on Aug. 22 of this year, but was then abruptly postponed to December.

County community development officials said that postponement was to allow the developer, SMCI of Gig Harbor, more time to revised the development plans.

The project had been determined by the county's department of community development to not meet county regulations concerning storm water and drainage mitigation.

Jeff Reed of SMCI appealed that decision to the county’s hearing examiner and a hearing was set for July.

But that hearing didn’t take place because the county’s hearing examiner asked Reed to meet with county development officials and begin negotiations to see if the project could be amended to meet the county’s requirements. That was when a hearing date was set for August and eventually postponed to December and then extended.

Larry Keeton, director for Kitsap County department of community development, did not return emails or calls to The Central Kitsap Reporter regarding the delay until March of next year.

A neighborhood group that opposes the development led by Ron Gillespie, has sent a letter to Keeton asking why another extension has been allowed, but also did not received a response, he said.

"It seems as if everyone is leaning over backwards for the developer and the community just sits in limbo," Gillespie said. "What additional information is the county requiring that is taking Mr. Reed so long to fulfill? Or is Mr. Reed submitting a new proposal all together? The community needs to know where the the county stands on this."

Reed did not respond to multiple requests for an interview from The Reporter.


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