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This page has been moved to the new Kitsap County website.  Please click here to go to the new Critical Areas Update page.

Critical Areas Ordinance

Kitsap County is in the process of updating its critical areas regulations. These regulations, known as the Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO), are those rules in the County Code (KCC Title 19) that address how various environmental resource and hazard areas are to be managed when using or developing property. Adoption of any amendments are expected by mid-2017.

For more information, including maps, please visit our CAO Story Map:

** Coming Soon **

Latest News

Introductions to CAO Update

 o   November 1
Manchester Citizens Advisory Council
 6:30pm Manchester Library

 o   November 2
Kingston Citizens Advisory Council
7pm Village Green Community Center

 o   November 3
Suquamish Citizen Advisory Council
6pm Suquamish Elementary School

 o   November 17
Central Kitsap Community Council
7pm CK Fire and Water District Office

Document Library
  • Update Schedule and Scope

  • Current CAO (Title 19)

  • Best Available Science Bibliography and Summary

    • Wetlands

    • Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Areas

    • Geologically Hazardous Areas

    • Frequently Flooded Areas

    • Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas

  • Draft (Date)

    • Full Document (size)

    • 19.100 Introduction and Approval Procedures

    • 19.150 Definitions

    • 19.200 Wetlands

    • 19.300 Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Areas

    • 19.400 Geologically Hazardous Areas

    • 19.500 Frequently Flooded Areas

    • 19.600 Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas

    • 19.700 Special Reports

    • 19.800 Appendices


For questions please contact Kathlene Barnhart of the Kitsap County Department of Community Development.
Last Updated:  March 09, 2017
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