Port Seeks Public Input for Comp Plan

The Port of Allyn will be holding two Public Hearings in February concerning the update to its Comprehensive Scheme of Harbor Improvements — the strategic plan governing the Port’s active and proposed projects between 2020 and 2023.

The first hearing will take place on February 3, in conjunction with the regular Port Commission meeting. The second will be a Special Meeting, to be held on February 10. The public is welcomed — and strongly encouraged — to attend one or both meetings to give their input on the Port’s proposed plan.

The meetings will include an update on the progress of the Sargent Oyster House project — which in spite of appearances made significant progress in 2019. It is also the Port’s top priority project for 2020.

Two projects which were included in the previous plan have been reprioritized, including the development of a business park, which has been moved into the number two slot, and the development of a destination sports complex which has been moved to the number three slot. While it was the number one publically-supported project in a survey the Port conducted for the last plan update, the current unavailability of affordable land inside the Port District’s boundaries for that project is what has forced the change in position.

Also on the agenda is the development of Sweetwater Park in Belfair, which was stalled due to an inability to gain clear title to the property — a hurdle that has since been overcome. This will be a joint project of the Salmon Center and the Port.

Other projects include the development of an indoor shooting range — possibly as part of the proposed business park — and the construction of a staging area for the Allyn Boat Launch. The staging area project is being funded by a grant from the State Recreational and Conservation Office (RCO), and was contingent on the acquisition of the Ogren property, which is situated directly across from the launch ramp. The purchase of that property closed on December 31.

Both meetings will start at 6 p.m.