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Project Information

The Urban Paths of Poulsbo Plan was conceived as a trail plan to connect neighborhoods, parks, shopping and schools, and then link to regional trail systems leading from the city and into Kitsap County and beyond. Urban Paths of Poulsbo highlights the need for non-motorized options with the community. The plan was originally developed from 2009-2011 and adopted in 2012.

The City of Poulsbo is beginning the process of updating the Plan. This update is a chance to refresh outdated language, review progress made, and identify new opportunities for connectivity in Poulsbo.

Please click here to see the existing Urban Paths of Poulsbo final plan dated May 16, 2012. Two maps are included as part of the Urban Paths of Poulsbo: The Urban Paths of Poulsbo Conceptual Map and the Urban Paths of Poulsbo Bike Map.

Primary Project Tasks

Updating the Urban Paths of Poulsbo Plan includes the following tasks:

  • Review and analysis of park and recreation related surveys.
  • Update to existing inventory and maps.
  • Identification of new opportunities for connectivity.
  • Development of a Draft Plan Update.
  • Community Open House.
  • Approval by Parks and Recreation Commission.
  • Docket for 2019 Comprehensive Plan Amendment.
Project Timeline

February 26, 2018 | 7 p.m. | Council Chambers | Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting

April 30, 2018 | 7 p.m. | Council Chambers | Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting

June 25 2018 | 5:30 p.m. | Council Chambers | Community Open House

June 25, 2018 | 7 p.m. | Council Chambers | Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting

August 27, 2018 | 7 p.m. | Council Chambers | Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting

September 12, 2018 | 4 p.m. | 3rd Floor Conference Room | Community Services Committee

October 10, 2018 | 7 p.m. | Council Chambers | Present to City Council for Approval (not adoption)

November 2018 | Docket updated Urban Paths of Poulsbo for 2019 Comprehensive Plan Amendment

Summary of Park-Related Survey Data

Surveys conducted since 2007 have all confirmed that citizens consider trails/paths and sidewalks as a top priority for park development and traffic improvements. Provided below are summaries of each survey conducted as it relates to nonmotorized transportation:

Sidewalks were a top traffic investment priority in 2007, with 88.2%.  Street improvements/pavement restoration was second top priority at 80.1%.  The other selections chosen include, bike paths (64%), neighborhood connectivity (63.9%), improved wait times at traffic signals (63.5%), and a citywide trail system (62.3%).

In 2009, the trails committee conducted an online survey, which provided valuable citizen feedback in the creation of the Urban Path of Poulsbo Plan. Of the 273 respondents, 80% said that they expect to use the trails weekly, their top desired destinations were downtown Poulsbo and parks, and safety was a major concern.

The 2015 Parks and Recreation community survey reaffirmed that opportunities for walking and hiking continues to be very important to residents. Of the 219 respondents, 43.38 % chose walking/jogging trails as an amenity they would like to see offered in new parks.   Shoreline access followed with 34.25%, bike paths with 33.33%, and safe road bicycling with 32.42%.

A survey conducted for the Poulsbo 2016 Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations update identified a citywide trail system as a highly desired amenity. In addition, sidewalks emerged as the most important traffic improvement (77.55%), followed by bike paths (52.24%), pavement restoration (52.65%), and a citywide trail system (51.84%).

The top priority for the most critical transportation improvements were more sidewalks and pedestrian paths where they don’t currently exist (33.62%). In a distant second was increased bus frequency (14.4%) and more bicycle opportunities (10.21%).

51.62% stated that walking paths were a desirable amenity or feature for a new park.