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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: May 10, 2013
Contact:

Davide Greethan or Katrina Knutson
Department of Community Development, Planning and Environmental Programs Division
360.337.5777 or dgreetha@co.kitsap.wa.us or kknutson@co.kitsap.wa.us

No: 2013-046

Temporary sign rules proposed to support local agriculture

Farm merchants and customers asked to help measure success

(Port Orchard, WA) - The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners is proposing an Agricultural Signage Pilot Program to allow farmers additional signage opportunities. The program is designed to address the need for Kitsap County Farms to advertise locally grown products during the 2013 growing season, and will take effect May 14.

The County’s Department of Community Development will manage an interim 180-day pilot program so farm merchants can help customers find the agricultural products grown locally for sale.

A comprehensive update to existing sign code can not be completed in time to accommodate the 2013 growing season. The interim pilot program is a responsive alternative to promote locally grown agricultural product this growing season. The pilot program provides flexibility to the existing code (KCC 17.445), and collects data as to what works and does not in regard to signs.

This information is part of a broader public process to update all sign code in Kitsap County zoning regulations. “This clearly provides a workable temporary solution,” according to Commissioner Charlotte Garrido. “Compliance with this sign program will be easy and provides great information we can use as we update zoning regulations in the near future. Our agricultural community doesn’t have to wait for longer term code updates to take advantage of this pilot program,” added Garrido.

The pilot program includes these elements:

  • Allowing seasonal or event-related off premise signs

  • Language on sign size and locations

  • Online, no-fee registration form for participants

  • A customer survey to evaluate the program

  • Assistance from the agricultural community in sharing program information

  • A formal public hearing within 60 days of enactment

A public hearing on the Ordinance is set for July 8. Click here to go to the web page for more information. Questions on the interim code or the on-line agricultural sign registration can be directed to Kitsap 1 at 360-337-5777.

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Last Updated:  May 27, 2014