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Port Gamble Redevelopment Plan

Did you know that Port Gamble was at the forefront of the development of the Pacific Northwest's  timber industry and international trade during the second half of the 19th century?  The town was highly populated in the past with a vast number of New England style homes and many businesses which enabled this small town to be self-sustaining during a time when the automobile had yet to be invented.  Its remaining structures and its location on the shore convey its historic character and reveals how it functioned as a company town for nearly 160 years.


The Port Gamble mill was the oldest continuously operating mill in North America.  Due to increasing restrictions on log supply the mill closed permanently in November, 1995.  Since 1995, material handlers and a marine science laboratory have conducted business on the vacant mill site to restore partial viability to an area that once held a massive, bustling industrial operation.


Today, Port Gamble is a National Historic Landmark District, as recognized by the Department of the Interior, and is identified as a Limited Area of More Intense Rural Development (LAMIRD) by Kitsap County.  It is owned and maintained by Olympic Property Group, (OPG) a Pope Resources Company.

Many would prefer the town of Port Gamble to stay as it is today or have the mill site returned to a natural state, but those aren't viable options.  The town has run at a financial loss for decades, and Pope Resources and the former owner of the town have invested millions of dollars into cleaning up the town, forestlands, the mill site and bay.
The time is now for Port Gamble to move into the next chapter of its colorful life.  Since the town of Port Gamble is not part of the Forterra Option Agreement, Pope Resources must plan for the future by submitting a final land plan on this portion of its holdings. 
Two different plans for the redevelopment of the town were submitted on January 17, 2013.
The Preferred Plan below depicts what option we would like to go forward with. This plan shows a portion of the mill site undeveloped.  Throughout the environmental clean-up negotiation process it has been discussed that certain groups would like to see the mill site restored to it's natural state.   This plan has been submitted to Kitsap County but will only go forward if the mill site is purchased by others.
The Alternative Plan below depicts what option we will be going forward with now since we have not had any serious offers to purchase the mill site.  This option has also been submitted to the County.  The EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) process will focus on the Alternative Plan but will study both plans.
Both plans are identical except for the mill site layout and mill site density.

Preferred Plan

Alternative Plan