|| August 4, 2016
||Darren Gurnee, Community Development
County meetings for potential "Reasonable Measures" for
land use decisions
County focuses on incentives to encourage
growth in urban areas
Orchard, WA) – The Kitsap Board
of County Commissioners is holding a work study session to discuss
potential "Reasonable Measures" for land use decisions. The work study
is from 11:30 a.m. to noon, Monday, August 8 in the Port Blakely Room at
the County Administration Building in Port Orchard.
An open house hosted by County staff begins at 3:30
p.m. Monday, August 8 in the Administration Building.
The Joint Board of County Commissioners and Planning
Commission Public Hearing on Reasonable Measures is: Monday, August 8, 2016
at 5:30 p.m. in the Commissioner's Chambers at the County Administration
Building in Port Orchard
The public is welcome and encouraged to attend these events. An
explanation of the issues follows.
The Washington State Growth Management Act
(GMA), chapter 36.70A, requires some cities and counties, including Kitsap
County, to prepare a Buildable Lands Report (BLR) to determine the actual
growth, that has occurred in the past years and whether that growth is
consistent with the planning assumptions and policies made in the current
comprehensive plan. As of 2015, Kitsap County had completed three BLRs that
measured the growth in Kitsap County.
The first Kitsap County BLR was published in 2002, the second in 2007 and
the third in 2015. If a BLR shows any inconsistencies between actual growth
and what has been planned, GMA requires the adoption and monitoring of
"Reasonable Measures." Reasonable Measures are policies or regulations
intended to address and reduce the inconsistencies. The County is required
to annually monitor the effectiveness of the Reasonable Measures and may
revise or rescind them as needed.
While the County's BLRs have shown increasing consistency with the GMA and
the County's plans, goals and policies, there are still areas where
improvements could be made concerning certain inconsistencies such as not
meeting minimum urban densities. Therefore Kitsap County is considering
adoption of additional 14 Reasonable Measures targeted at increasing
development and densities in the urban areas and meeting rural development
The Reasonable Measures include incentives for increased density, such as
smaller lot sizes, in the UGAs, incentives for increased height in the UGAs,
encouraging infill development in UGA with adoption of a dry sewer policy,
lot size averaging in UGA, removal of minimum lot widths in UGAs, transfer
of development rights (TDRs), tax incentives for infill/redevelopment and
measures to decrease residential densities in rural areas.
For more information, contact
http://compplan.kitsapgov.com or phone the Department of Community
Development at 360.337.5777.
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