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city of poulsbo - Linda Berry-Maraist Linda Berry-Maraist
Position No. 1
Expiration 12.31.15
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Biography

I moved to Poulsbo in 1986 and was drawn by both the natural beauty and the character of the community. My husband and I are both architects and have three children.  My 18 years of private sector architectural experience have reinforced my belief that quality urban development and environmental responsibility work best together. I want Poulsbo to become even more livable, walkable, and green — while maintaining our unique heritage, small town character and spectacular natural setting.

 

We need to focus on improving the water quality of Liberty Bay and help Poulsbo become an environmental leader for small urban communities with a healthy business economy and quality neighborhoods. Poulsbo's historic downtown needs parking solutions to remain economically healthy but surface parking is not the best use of our shoreline. I hope to involve the community in creating a bolder vision for our unique downtown waterfront.

 

I am a strong advocate for creative partnerships and the efficient use of public money they enable. As a founding board member and past chair of the Kitsap Public Facilities District, I am proud of the effective  partnerships that helped build our projects at the Fairgrounds, Bremerton Conference Center and more recently the two new ball fields that are phase one of the NK Regional Event Center in Poulsbo. Partnering to improve existing facilities saved construction and operational costs and eliminated the need to clear land and build more parking.

 

Good transportation, including ferries is essential to Kitsap and I have been an active participant in realistic transportation planning that balances our current needs and moves us toward a more sustainable future. Trails extend the reach and use of transit and contribute to community health. Through the Poulsbo Trail committee and North Kitsap Trails Association, I've  helped plan land and water trails and worked to strengthen the partnership between the County, community and Olympic Property Group, in the efforts to conserve large areas of open space.

 

Education and professional licenses:

  • B.A. Stanford University 1982, Urban Studies (Urban Planning)

  • Master of Architecture, University of Oregon 1986

  • Architect, Washington State License # 6560 1995

Regional Boards and other committees:

  • City Committees: Parking, TDM (Traffic calming), Noll Road Corridor, South Fork Dogfish Creek Master Plan, Council liaison to Poulsbo Parks Commission and NK School District.

  • Transportation: KRCC Transportation Policy Board,  PRTPO Executive Board, PSRC Transportation Policy 2008-09

  • Recreation/Trails: Poulsbo Trails, NK Trails Association Board member, NK Regional Event Center, KRCC Trails.

  • Environment/Planning: Ecosystem Coordination Board Puget Sound Partnership, PSRC Growth Management Policy Board, West Sound Watershed Council, Kitsap Forest and Bay Project.

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• Public/Safety Legal
• Public Works

• Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) Growth Management Policy Board   

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