Kitsap County News

Bethel Burley Road closure coming August 20-317/18/2018

A portion of Bethel Burley Road SE is closing August 20 so County road crews can repair 400 feet of the northbound lane. The closure, between SE Quartz Court and SE Dews Lane, is expected to last through August 31. A detour route using SR 16 will be posted during the closure. Resident's access to private property is maintained during the project. 

During the project crews are installing a structurally reinforced "geo-grid" fabric. This helps stabilize the roadway, the roadway shoulder and the adjacent embankment. Stabilizing these areas will improve roadway safety in the project area. The existing guardrail is being removed during the project. Traffic barrels and cones will delineate the shoulder until this fall, when a contractor is selected to install new guardrails as part of the County-wide guardrail replacement project.

To learn more about the project go to

Sustainable Cinema presents "Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?" showing July 267/13/2018

​Sustainable Cinema presents "Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26 at Dragonfly Cinema, 822 Bay St., Port Orchard. Kyla Wilson of Zero Waste Washington will lead a discussion after the film.

Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes - bags that are mindlessly thrown away. See how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up with us and what we can do about it.

For more information, go to

Sustainable Cinema is sponsored by Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido.


Phase I Burn Ban – Effective Thursday July 127/10/2018

(Port Orchard, WA) - The Kitsap County Fire Marshal's Office announced today that a Phase I burn ban will be put into effect July 12 at 8 a.m. throughout Kitsap County.

A phase I burn ban limits outdoor burning to recreational fires in campgrounds and other areas in approved locations and devices. General back yard burning as well as land clearing is prohibited and all burning permits will be suspended for the immediate future until the ban is lifted.

Recreational fires must be 3 feet or less in size, in a designated fire pit using only charcoal or dry firewood (no milled lumber). Fires must be constantly attended until fully extinguished and at least one on-site fire-extinguishing equipment available for immediate use while burning.

"The ban is due to drying trends and higher temperatures in the weather forecast as well as an increased number of brush fires in recent weeks, particularly from escaped burn piles," says David Lynam, Kitsap County's Fire Marshal.

For more information on the ban, visit

Want to learn about and explore forests and streams?7/6/2018

(Port Orchard, WA) - WSU Kitsap Extension and its partners present an exciting and informative 6-week class and field training all about local streams.

Dates?  Thursdays, July 19 to August 23, 2018
Time?  9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where?  Eagles Nest & Island Lake
Cost?  $50, which includes class materials; scholarships are available
Do you want to learn about and explore forests and streams? On the Kitsap Peninsula, beautiful forests and small streams abound, making it the ideal place to learn about native plants, forests, wetlands, aquatic insects, and more. We also discuss our interaction with these resources and their protection, conservation, and restoration. We'll spend plenty of time exploring outdoors.

During the training and field sessions you'll have the opportunity to connect with experts and other local people who share your interests. We also provide opportunities for continuing education and involvement in volunteer activities around the county, including tree planting, streamside restoration, stream sampling, and teaching others at events like Salmon in the Classroom. This 6 week non-credit training is open to the public and taught by local and regional experts.

Those who complete the training and volunteer 25 hours will earn a WSU Stream Stewards certificate of completion, hat, and name badge.

For more information or to register, visit WSU's website at

Register online at

The Stream Stewards Program is funded by Clean Water Kitsap. For more information about Clean Water Kitsap visit

Kitsap County Crisis Triage Center dedication, open house July 247/2/2018

​The public is invited to celebrate completion of the Kitsap County Crisis Triage Center, located at 1975 NE Fuson Road, Bremerton. A dedication and open house begins at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 24.

When the doors of the facility open Aug. 1, the triage center, operated by Kitsap Mental Health Services, will offer up to five days of 24/7 intensive support for 16 adults with behavioral health needs referred for short-term crisis services. Based on similar recovery-oriented triage facilities in Washington, the new facility provides diversion options from unnecessary use of hospital emergency departments and jail services for persons in crisis, better served in a behavioral healthcare setting. The facility will also house an additional 16-bed substance-abuse residential treatment program for adults.   

 "We are unbelievably excited at finally being able to open a crisis triage center that we know will help fill a longstanding gap in our community's continuum of services," said Kitsap Mental Health Services Chief Executive Officer Joe Roszak. "Every day our designated crisis responders evaluate people who do not meet the legal threshold necessary for involuntary admittance to an evaluation and treatment facility, but who need a time and place to stabilize from a crisis. We are working closely with our referral partners so that the crisis triage center can do what it was designed to do –  divert people away from more costly, unnecessary emergency room care and jail stays, and help move them toward recovery."   

Creation of the Kitsap County Crisis Triage Center is the result of more than a decade of collaboration by leadership from law enforcement; mental health and substance use providers; public health; hospital, emergency, and primary care provider organizations; the Kitsap County Department of Human Services; and the Salish Behavioral Health Organization.

"We are enormously appreciative of the support for the Kitsap County Crisis Triage Center from community members, service providers, law enforcement, Harrison Medical Center, and county and state leadership. This was a large and lengthy undertaking, and it took the dedicated effort of many people to make it happen," said Kitsap County Commissioner Robert Gelder. "We are anxious to get the doors open and people inside, where they can begin to alleviate the crises that brought them to the center."

During an initial 2014 behavioral health strategic planning process, the community identified a crisis triage center as its number one priority for funding through the then newly implemented Kitsap County 1/10th of 1 percent Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Therapeutic Court Sales Tax Program.  The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners approved a citizen advisory committee's recommendation for funding construction and operation of a triage center, and the former site of the Kitsap Recovery Center, adjacent to Kitsap Mental Health Services, was selected as the location for the center's operations.

As Kitsap County's state-designated community mental health agency, KMHS provides treatment for persons with serious mental illnesses and substance-use disorders, offers crisis response services, operates two psychiatric evaluation and treatment units and a 30-day residential treatment facility, and manages housing for individuals with chronic, severe mental illnesses.  KMHS also provides outpatient treatment, including several outpatient teams, dedicated to providing intensive services to persons living in the community in need of 24/7 support.  Adult and youth mental health training is also offered to learn more about the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems and how to respond to an individual experiencing a mental health crisis or concern.

For more information, contact Rochelle Doan, chief agency advancement officer of Kitsap Mental Health Services at (360) 415-5871 or Doug Washburn, director of Kitsap County Human Services at (360) 337-4526 or go to KMHS' website,


Comprehensive Plan comment opportunity now open6/28/2018

​Project Message #5                                                                          June 28, 2018

Comp Plan Amendment June Banner


The Kitsap County Planning Commission is now considering annual amendments to the Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan and related amendments to the Kitsap County Code.  Staff reports and State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) determinations regarding these amendments are available for your consideration.  Written comments will be accepted through 8/7/2018.

The Comprehensive Plan influences the future of our communities - you are encouraged to comment!

County sponsored amendments:

  • Downtown Kingston’s UVC zone;
  • George’s Corner LAMIRD;
  • Kitsap County Non-Motorized Facilities Plan;
  • Kitsap County Parks, Recreation, & Open Space Plan;
  • Public facilities and parks mapping;
  •  Affordable housing strategies;
  • Clarifying text and mapping edits

Site-specific designation/zoning applications:

Permit #:             18-00369
Landowner:         Lois I. Richardson
Address:              8297 and 8339 State Highway 303, Bremerton
Parcels:                232501-4-019-2000; 232501-4-064-2004
Proposal:             Expand commercial zone to align with new parcel boundaries

Permit #:             18-00431
Landowner:         Ueland Tree Farm LLC
Address:              None (about 1 mile southwest of Kitsap Lake)
Parcels:                5 parcels, including 242401-4-005-1008
Proposal:             Add Mineral Resource Overlay to Forest Resource Lands

Permit #:             18-00490
Landowner:         Roland Culbertson
Address:              None (Approx. 1,400 feet NW of West Sherman Heights Rd)
Parcels:                292401-4-029-2003; 292401-4-005-2001
Proposal:             Add Mineral Resource Overlay next to existing rock quarry

Permit #:             18-00528
Landowner:          Hanley Property LLC
Address:              1753 Fircrest Drive SE, Port Orchard
Parcels:                312402-1-037-2004; 312402-1-038-2003; 312402-1-039-2002
Proposal:             Change to commercial from residential

Open Houses:
Learn more about the proposed amendments. Your County Commissioner will be attending the open house in your district.

North Kitsap
July 10, 2018 from 5:30-7:30 PM
Village Green Community Center (26159 Dulay Rd NE, Kingston)

South Kitsap
July 11, 2018 from 5:30-7:30 PM
Givens Community Center (1026 Sidney Ave Rm # 115, Port Orchard)

Central Kitsap
July 12, 2018 from 5:30-7:30 PM
Silverdale Water District (5300 NW Newberry Hill Rd #100, Silverdale)

Online Open House:

 Public Hearings (July 17th and 31st at 5:30 PM)
The Kitsap County Planning Commission will hold two public hearings to receive oral and written testimony before making recommendations regarding these amendments.  Both hearings will be in the Commissioner's Chambers on the 3rd Floor of the Kitsap County Administration Building (619 Division St, Port Orchard).

LEARN MORE & ENGAGE!  Visit our Online Open House (or contact staff at 360-377-5777 or for more information about this annual amendment process, find relevant documents to review, and learn how to submit written comments.  Relevant documents can also be viewed at the Department of Community Development Permit Center (619 Division St, Port Orchard)

STAY INFORMED!  If you did not directly receive this message, SUBSCRIBE NOW to ensure you receive future digital notifications regarding the Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan.


What is the Comprehensive Plan?
The Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan describes the 20-year vision for unincorporated Kitsap County and how that vision will be achieved.  The plan covers land use, economic development, environment, housing and human services, transportation, capital facilities and utilities as well as parks, recreation, and open space.  The Comprehensive Plan is mandated by the Washington State Growth Management Act (RCW 36.70A).

How often does the Comprehensive Plan get changed?
Major Comprehensive Plan updates are mandated by the state every 8-years. The last major update of the Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 2016.  In-between major updates, the County may choose to consider minor amendments to the Comprehensive Plan on an annual basis.  The Board of County Commissioners have opened the annual Comprehensive Plan amendment process for 2018. 

What is the annual amendment process and timeline?
The amendment process includes four phases:

  • Phase 1 – Scoping (November – December 2018)
  • Phase 2 – Development (January – April 2018)
  • Phase 3 – Analysis (April – June 2018)
  • Phase 4 – Consideration (June – December 2018)

How can I stay informed?
The online open house provides up-to-date information on the process so you can stay current, an archive of the work that has already occurred so you can catch up, and a summary of next steps so you can anticipate when and how to participate.  Email notifications will be sent to everyone that subscribes to Kitsap County’s Comprehensive Plan Update list – SUBSCRIBE NOW to ensure you receive future email notifications. 

STAY INFORMED!  If you did not directly receive this project message, SUBSCRIBE NOW to ensure you receive future email notifications regarding the Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan.

 Previous Project Messages

#1 Annual Process Opened (11/27/2017)

#2 Comment Period Extended (12/12/2017)

#3 Docket Adopted/Accepting Applications (1/9/2018)

#4 Final Docket Adopted (4/18/2018)



Peter Best, Planner
Department of Community Development
Planning & Environmental Programs
(360) 337-5777 (Kitsap1)

Residential Change of Value Notices Mailed6/8/2018

(Port Orchard, WA) - Change of value notices are being sent to 103,945 residential and commercial property taxpayers throughout Kitsap County.  The Assessor is required by state law to appraise property at 100% of market value.  These notices are based on property sales that have occurred since January 1, 2017 and will be used when calculating property tax obligations payable in 2019.

Taxpayers can check their values and characteristics in the "Parcel Details" feature on the Assessor's website at  Sales trends for the county are also available on the website as well as information regarding the various property tax exemption programs.

Anyone with questions or concerns about their 2018 value may contact the Assessor's Office at 360.337.7160 or email  Property owners who choose to appeal their value to the Board of Equalization must have their appeal postmarked by Friday, August 10, 2018.


Contact:  Phil Cook, Kitsap County Assessor, or 360.337.7085

Request for Proposal released for mental health, chemical dependency, therapeutic courts tax funding5/24/2018

(Port Orchard, WA) – The Kitsap County Department of Human Services is requesting proposals for mental health, chemical dependency and therapeutic court programs and services (including, but not limited to, treatment services, case management, and housing that are a component of a coordinated chemical dependency or mental health treatment program or service) and for the operation or delivery of therapeutic court programs or services.  Approximately $4.25 million will be awarded for projects or program services delivered between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. 

This Request for Proposals is available at  Proposal deadline:  August 1, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. 

Proposals for treatment sales tax, along a continuum of care including prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery support services, must address the recommendations for funding improvements to the county-wide infrastructure for behavioral health treatment programs and services identified in the Kitsap County Behavioral Health Strategic Plan.  The strategic plan can be found at

Currently there are 20 projects funded with these tax dollars, totaling nearly $4.6 million.  Programs include training for commissioned law enforcement officers in crisis intervention/triage and behavioral health outreach services for adults with a mental illness or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders who are charged with minor, non-violent crimes throughout Kitsap County.  Kitsap Connect, a crisis response and coordinated care demonstration project managed through the Kitsap Public Health District, provides a multi-disciplinary, mobile outreach team to intervene with adults who are experiencing mental illness, chemical dependency, physical illnesses, and homelessness.  A full description of currently funded programs can be found at

For more contact Gay Neal, Program Coordinator, Kitsap County Human Services, at (360) 337-4827,

New story map explores North Kitsap communities5/24/2018

​Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder invites the public to explore the new North Kitsap Communities story map on the county's website.

The story map format allows viewers to scroll through information about North Kitsap, while accompanying maps adjust to provide a close-up look at the many communities. There are links to additional maps and community resources for those who live in the area or are planning a visit.

"In this day and age, we all try to find ways to explore and connect with our neighborhood. This is an interactive way to take a tour of our community, from the comfort of our home," said Commissioner Gelder.

For more information on North Kitsap Commissioner District 1 and to sign up for electronic notifications, visit Commissioner Gelder's website here.

Commissioner Wolfe holds monthly listening sessions in Silverdale3/13/2018

​Constituents of Kitsap County Commissioner Ed Wolfe now have an opportunity to meet with him in Silverdale - without an appointment - during First Friday Listening Sessions in Old Town Silverdale every month from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Monica's Waterfront Bakery & Café, 3472 NW Byron St. The first session will be April 6.

The time and location allow for those in Central Kitsap to drop by over the lunch hour to share concerns and ideas or just engage in lively conversation.

Other First Friday Listening Sessions are scheduled May 4 and June 1. The July session will be cancelled because of its proximity to the Fourth of July but meetings resume Aug. 3.

For more information, contact Angie Silva in the Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-7080,

Kitsap County Aging & Long Term Care offers expanded support services for individuals and caregivers1/9/2018

After the success of the state's Family Caregiver Support Program, the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services received a demonstration grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to expand support services in Kitsap County for individuals and caregivers.

The grant allows for the creation of new programs that will preserve and promote choices for long-term care support services; family support for the well-being of those caring for loved ones; and allow for the delay or avoidance of the need for more intensive Medicaid-funded, long-term support services, when possible.

In addition to the local Family Caregiver Support Program, there are new, expanded services for those in Kitsap who do not live in a residential facility. No copayment is required for the services and the programs do not impose estate recovery. There are higher income and asset limits for eligibility, compared to the traditional Medicaid Long-Term Care program.

The Medicaid Alternative Care program allows people age 55 and older, who need help with activities of daily living and are currently eligible for certain Medicaid programs, to transition to services that support their informal, adult caregiver.

The Tailored Services for Adults program is for people age 55 and older, not currently eligible for Medicaid, who need help with activities of daily living. The program can either support someone's informal, adult caregiver or provide services directly to an individual without a caregiver.  

Contact the Kitsap County Aging and Long-Term Care office at (360) 337-5700 or (800) 562-6418 to learn more about eligibility requirements, benefits available, and the application process, or stop by local offices of the Kitsap County Aging & Long-Term Care in the Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Ave. Suite 105, Port Orchard, open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or the Caregiver Support Center, 9857 Silverdale Way, Silverdale, open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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