South Kitsap Commissioner Newsletter

2018 Summer D2 Newsletter

Looking ahead to 2050

As local populations continue to grow, the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) and its partner jurisdictions are planning ahead. PSRC’s VISION 2050 plans for future needs while sustaining a healthy environment, thriving communities, and a strong economy. The PSRC is made up of officials from King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap Counties who will identify challenges facing the region and then create a vision and goals for the next 30 years.

The Puget Sound Region is projected to grow by 1.8 million people and add 1.2 million jobs by 2050. Around 830,000 new homes will be needed. Throughout the region and in Kitsap, planning is essential to maintain the quality of life and healthy natural resources. The region needs to prepare for changes, as the Baby Boomer generation continues to retire in large numbers, (senior citizens comprised 11% of the population in 2010 and are projected to be 18% in 2050).

Commissioner Garrido, along with other local elected officials, planning directors, and interested citizens was on hand for a listening session with PSRC officials earlier this year. The meeting attendees shared their ideas and visions on land use, transportation, housing, economy, and other important topics with PSRC planners.

The VISION 2050 project continues until at least May of 2020. Commissioner Garrido serves as the 2018 Chair for the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council, which is tasked to review and approve the plan at the local level. The KRCC Board held a retreat on May 29 to renew a common vision and goals for the future. She invites all who wish to contribute concerns and ideas about future growth to do so. For more information about opportunities to be involved, visit the VISION 2050 website at or the KRCC site at

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Earth Day awards

F.R.O.G. Soap
F.R.O.G. soap

This year’s Waste Wise @ Work Business of the Year goes to Bremerton’s own F.R.O.G. Soap! Commissioner Garrido was pleased to present the award to owner and founder Laura Kneib. The F.R.O.G. business name stands for “From Reclaimed Oil and Glycerin” and Laura makes the soap from recycled local restaurant oil. It doesn’t get much more earth friendly than that.  F.R.O.G. soap has reclaimed nearly five tons of oil for soap to date.

F.R.O.G. Soap is not new to awards. They earned the Recycler of the Year award from the Washington State Recycling Association in 2017; and Best New Product and Best Gift Shop (twice) in the Bremerton Patriot Readers’ Choice Awards. F.R.O.G. Soap was also a semi-finalist twice in the Kitsap Bank Edg3 Fund competition.

Their store has a F.R.O.G. Soap webpage so you can make purchases online – although visiting the store to smell the merchandise is highly recommended! In addition to soaps, you will find bath bombs, hand creams, foot butter, lip balm, shaving products, pet shampoo, and insect repellent. Laura also offers workshops on making soaps and other products. They even have a soap of the month club.

For more information on this unique, sustainable business, visit the shop at 530 5th Street in Bremerton or their website at

Homes for All

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The Homes for All coalition continues to meet monthly with a goal to develop a tiny home village in South Kitsap that will provide homes for those who are currently unhoused. The group, led by Commissioner Garrido, is a partnership of county departments, civic groups, social service agencies, non-profits, businesses, churches, the United Way, Habitat for Humanity and residents who are concerned about issues facing those who have no home. Twelve tiny homes have been constructed, with plans for placing them on properties soon.

The Board of County Commissioners is revising the transitory accommodations ordinance, to allow extra housing units, including tiny cottages for the homeless, on some unincorporated Kitsap County properties to help alleviate the homelessness crisis.

Commissioner Garrido has a passion for finding solutions to this growing problem, and is working closely with advocates to make homelessness rare, brief, and one-time. Stay tuned for updates! For more information, visit

Veterans Administration Clinic groundbreaking

VA Groundbreaking

April 2 was a great day for Kitsap County’s veterans as ground was broken for a new Veteran’s Administration outpatient clinic in Silverdale. Commissioner Garrido joined Commissioners Gelder and Wolfe, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer, State Representative Sherry Appleton, dozens of veterans, and members of the design and construction teams for the festive event. As an added bonus, Commissioner Garrido got to climb Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue’s new 105-foot ladder truck, which provided a magnificent view of the area.

The clinic, located on Ridgetop Boulevard, will serve Kitsap County’s veterans who need care. Currently, many must travel to Seattle or Tacoma for medical attention. The new clinic will provide more space, more medical professionals, and is conveniently located in Kitsap County along a bus line.

When the clinic opens in 2019, Kitsap’s 37,000 will receive the care they deserve right here in Kitsap County.

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Image courtesy of Jeremy Stitt

Yukon Harbor sewer project


Colchester Road has been opened and the work completed for the Yukon Harbor sewer project. The $6.9 million project is generally complete, with smaller items, such as road striping, to be done shortly.

The project replaces several aging septic systems with force mains, gravity pipes, a pump station, side sewers and individual grinder pumps. Other properties along the new sewer line will have the option to connect later, as needed or desired.

The project enhances sewer capacity in Manchester, provides water quality improvements for Yukon Harbor and Puget Sound and improves public health. For more information, visit the project website at or call (360)337-5777.

Long Lake Management District

Long Lake

Homeowners with waterfront property on Long Lake voted to approve formation of a Lake Management District in 2017. Because there have been toxic algae events in past years, which can sicken pets and children who have contact with the water, the Lake Management District levies an annual fee on the property owners for five years. The funds will be used to treat the lake to avoid future toxic algae blooms.

The County has hired a consultant Tetra Tech to perform the lake management activities, and lakefront volunteers are being recruited to take monitoring samples. For more information, contact Commissioner Garrido or Jennifer Haro at (360) 337-7080 or Documents relating to the lake management district can be found at