Temporary sign rules proposed to support local
Farm merchants and customers asked to help
(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
A customer survey to evaluate the
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.
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
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