Kitsap County News

County Commissioners appoint Senator Christine Rolfes as District 1 Commissioner 6/5/2023

June 5, 2023

Sen Christine Rolfes

County Commissioners appoint Senator Christine Rolfes as District 1 Commissioner 

The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners appointed Senator Christine Rolfes as the District 1 Commissioner at their June 5 board meeting. Senator Rolfes replaces Robert Gelder who served as District 1 Commissioner for 12 years and left office on May 23 to become the assistant county manager for Thurston County. Senator Rolfes has represented the 23rd Legislative District since her election to the state House of Representatives in 2006. She will serve as District 1 Commissioner in the current term until the November 2024 election is certified..  

Prior to being elected to the State Legislature, Senator Rolfes served on the Bainbridge Island City Council and has worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development. She earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Virginia.

The District 1 Commissioner is commonly referred to as the North End Commissioner. The district covers the area of the Kitsap Peninsula north of Silverdale. Bainbridge Island (pop. 23,950) and Poulsbo (pop. 10,510) are the two incorporated cities within North Kitsap. Outside of these cities, approximately 53,000 reside in North Kitsap.

The new commissioner joins District 2 Commissioner Charlotte Garrido and District 3 Commissioner Katie Walters on the Board of County Commissioners. The Board sets policy; manages the county's $548 million budget; oversees the Public Works, Parks, Community Development and Human Services departments; and serves on multiple boards of other agencies such as the Kitsap Public Health District, Housing Kitsap and Kitsap Transit. More information can be found on the Kitsap Board of County Commissioners website.

Point No Point County Park remains closed to vehicular traffic5/17/2023

May 17, 2023

Point No Point County Park and Lightstation remains closed to vehicular traffic for the foreseeable future due to storm and flooding impacts. A portion of Point No Point Road remains closed to the public but is open for residents to access their properties. Point No Point Road and Park are open to the US Coast Guard, employees of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and U.S. Lighthouse Society, U.S. Lighthouse Society vacation rentals, contractors, and service vehicles. Authorized vehicles will display a permit in their vehicles. 

Pedestrian access to Point No Point Park is permitted from Thor's Road trailhead. Please obey all trail signs and respect private property.

On May 1,  the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) opened its parking lot located on Point No Point Road for the summer season. The lot may be used as a place for visitors to park and walk to Point No Point Park. A Discover Pass is required to park in the WDFW parking lot and can be purchased online or in person. Details at

Visitors are asked to:

• Respect the beach and tidelands on both sides of the WDFW access area, as they are privately owned, and treat these areas with care and consideration.  Refrain from stopping or loitering on private tidelands.

• To reach Point No Point Park, visitors should walk along the road; this is indicated on the provided map above and signage at the site. This route is intended to lead visitors to the park safely while minimizing disturbance to the neighboring properties.

For questions or more information, please contact

Park repairs and beach rehabilitation are currently under evaluation; park access and use may change to accommodate construction and repair work.  New updates will be posted as needed.

Details at or visit the Kitsap County Parks website.

Public comment open on county's adopted Comprehensive Plan goals and policies4/24/2023

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April 21, 2023


Public comments requested on existing Comprehensive Plan goals and policies

Kitsap County is hard at work on the 2024 Comprehensive Plan Update as required by the Growth Management Act. Public participation is an integral component of this effort, and so far input on previous topics such as growth alternatives has been very useful. At this time, staff requests public comment on existing Comprehensive Plan goals and policies.

Each chapter of the plan is available to explore online. Please provide input for each topic by scrolling to the comment box at the bottom of the individual chapter webpage. Comments on multiple chapters can be emailed to

Public comment will be combined with input from stakeholder partners; the consultant's review for consistency of countywide planning policies and updated Growth Management Act requirements; and staff updates to language and formatting. Draft versions of the updated elements are expected to be available in October 2023.

The current and past Kitsap County comprehensive plans are available online. The 2024 Comprehensive Plan update process may be found at, including videos of past presentations and public meetings as well as maps, alternatives and other information.

Please submit questions, comments or written testimony to,



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