|| March 18, 2016
|| Elizabeth Court, Community Development
Kitsap County alerts property owners of potential zoning
Postcards mailed to households that may be
(Port Orchard, WA) - The Kitsap
County Department of Community Development has mailed postcards to area
property owners who may see their zoning change, or may see neighboring
zoning changes, as part of the Comprehensive Plan Update.
“Kitsap County is a fantastic place to live. We know it. As a result, the
County is working hard to prepare plans on how best to accommodate growth
over the next 20 years. This requires us to look at options that are not
only cost-effective but also balance multiple perspectives from different
housing options to protection of the environment we enjoy every day. All of
these factors must be within parameters of the Washington State Growth
Management Act,” said Commissioner Ed Wolfe. “If you receive a postcard from
Kitsap County regarding the Comprehensive Plan Update and potential zoning
changes, we encourage you to visit our website, view the proposed preferred
zoning alternative map and contact County staff if you have questions or
concerns,” he added.
The Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan update is required to be completed by
June 2016. A draft plan with three land-use alternatives was issued for
public comment in November 2015. Based on input received from the public,
County staff recommended a preferred land-use (zoning) alternative to the
Board of County Commissioners. This map is now available at
Property owners that may be impacted are receiving a white postcard with an
orange stripe. There
are three main types of impacts property owners can anticipate:
Zones being suggested for changes to increase
density, that is, to allow more dwelling units per acre.
Zones being suggested for changes to decrease
density, generally to avoid development in critical areas and protect rural
Commercial zones being “collapsed” from eight zones
to four zones in order to encourage a greater mix of uses within commercial
County Staff are also reviewing individual
applications for zoning changes. Neighbors near these land-reclassification
request subject properties are receiving a white postcard with a green
stripe explaining the
potential changes to a property within 400 to 800 feet of their property.
Public hearings on the overall Comprehensive Plan update are currently being
scheduled for April through June, 2016.
For more information, contact
http://compplan.kitsapgov.com or phone the Department of
Community Development at 360.337.5777.
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