One of Triangle’s newest projects encapsulates the heart of our facilitation practice: bringing together multiple governments and agencies to focus on critical issues and make better decisions together. Since July 2015, Triangle has worked with the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council (KRCC), which is a council of local governments, agencies, tribes, and other jurisdictions that help shape the future of Kitsap County by making regional land use and transportation decisions. Triangle works closely with KRCC’s Executive Board, as well as its transportation and land use committees as they deliberate on how to manage growth and ensure connectivity throughout the county.
Currently, Triangle is helping KRCC participate in countywide and regional competitions for federal transportation funds (overseen by the Puget Sound Regional Council). These funds could address some of Kitsap County’s most pressing transportation needs, ranging from transit, to traffic mitigation, to bike/pedestrian facilities, to freight movement, to preserving air quality. For the local competition, Kitsap County jurisdictions will compete against each other for $12.3 million in federal transportation funding. For the regional competition, Kitsap County jurisdictions will compete against King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties for $26.9 million in federal transportation funding. Triangle is working with KRCC to ensure that both the local and regional competitions are fair, transparent, competitive, yet also collaborative.
In addition to facilitating KRCC’s transportation efforts, Triangle assists KRCC jurisdictions in making regional land use decisions that affect where people live and work. Currently, Triangle is helping local cities and Kitsap County update their respective comprehensive plans and is ensuring that all the planning departments are sharing their expertise and ideas throughout this process.
Triangle has enjoyed the opportunity to work with Kitsap County, City of Port Orchard, City of Bainbridge Island, City of Poulsbo, the Suquamish Tribe, the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, Naval Base Kitsap, Kitsap Transit, and the Port of Bremerton on this project, and we look forward to continuing to foster collaboration and coordination on the Kitsap Peninsula.