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Today, Our Neighborhoods are at Risk of Having Housing for Sexually Violent Predators Due to Kitsap County Decisions
Kitsap County has adopted regulations that make it legal today to locate new group housing for violent sexual offenders in several Bremerton neighborhoods where our children play and walk to school.
The City is formally requesting that Kitsap County revise their regulations immediately to prevent Group Residential Facilities – Secured High Risk (GRF-SHR), which allows housing for violent sexual offenders, from being located in the middle of our established neighborhoods in Bremerton. The City of Bremerton wants the same protection for our neighborhoods that Kitsap County has given to other communities.
For your review and consideration, the City has prepared maps that show where these group facilities can legally locate today in our community. The following maps show areas around Pendergast Park, Mountain View Middle School, West Hills STEM Academy, and Central Kitsap.
Here’s your guide to reading the maps:
Once you review the maps, you will see that Kitsap County has made our neighborhoods vulnerable and can legally allow these group homes to be located in Bremerton today. The County’s interim zoning regulations for Group Residential Facilities – Secured High Risk is not the right decision for our community. Please urge Kitsap County to revise these regulations now as there are not sufficient protections in the code for our families.
Please tell the County to revise their interim regulations so they do not allow Group Residential Facilities – Secured High Risk in our established neighborhoods. Make your public comments here: https://www.kitsapgov.com/dcd/Pages/Code-Updates.aspx (select the INTERIM ZONING: GROUP RESIDENTIAL FACILITY - SECURED HIGH RISK drop down link on page.)