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Point No Point County Park closed due to flooding; emergency relief center opens Jan. 4 in Hansville1/4/2023

Point No Point County Park and Light Station are closed due to recent flooding. Kitsap County Emergency Management is opening a Disaster Relief Center at the Greater Hansville Community Center, 6778 Buck Lake Road NE, today, Jan. 4, providing residents impacted by the flooding Dec. 27 information from local government agencies and support from disaster relief organizations. The relief center is open daily through Jan. 14 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. but closed Sunday, Jan. 8. Residents can receive free clean-up kits and register for volunteer assistance in cleaning up their property. Details at https://www.kitsapdem.com/kc-coastal-flooding/

Permit guidance offered for property owners recovering from coastal flooding1/4/2023

(Port Orchard, WA) - As property owners in Kitsap County contemplate clean up and repairs following recent flooding, the Department of Community Development (DCD) is reminding residents to obtain local permits before repairing or rebuilding flood-damaged structures. 

Permits are required as part of local government participation in the National Flood Insurance Program, providing eligibility for flood insurance, flood disaster assistance, state and federal grants and loans, and buyout funds for flood-prone property. 

Local floodplain management ordinances require that permits be obtained for any construction or development activity in a floodplain area, including the repair or reconstruction of structures damaged by flooding.

Special conditions apply to substantially damaged buildings - those in which the total cost of repairs is 50 percent or more of the structure's pre-flood market value. If a building is found to be substantially damaged, regulations require that repairs not begin until compliance with the local floodplain ordinance is demonstrated. In some cases, that may require repairs that include elevating or flood-proofing the structure to reduce the potential for future flood damage. 

The cost to repair must be calculated for full repair to "pre-damaged" condition, even if the owner elects to do less. The total cost to repair includes structural and finish materials as well as labor. If labor and materials have been donated, they must still be assigned a value. If local building codes require the structure to be repaired according to certain standards, these additional costs must be included in the full repair cost for the structure. 

Property owners and residents with flood-damaged buildings should contact Kitsap County DCD for more information on repair and reconstruction permits. 

DCD will be conducting damage assessments of residences in the area of Point No Point Road between today (1/4) and tomorrow (1/5).  If you have experienced flood damage to your property in Kitsap County outside of this area, please reach out for a damage assessment by visiting the KC Coastal webpage at https://www.kcowa.us/KCCoastal and completing an assistance request.

You can also stop by the Disaster Relief Center located at the Greater Hansville Community Center, 6778 Buck Lake Rd NE in Hansville. They are open 9 AM to 4PM January 4 - 14, with the exception of Sunday, January 8.


 County Assessor provides information about the destroyed property exemption1/4/2023



Volunteers needed for annual Point-In-Time Count of those living without homes1/3/2023

Volunteer registration is open for the annual Kitsap County Point-In-Time Count of those living without homes that takes place January 24-27, 2023. No experience is necessary – learn more at http://kcowa.us/kitsap-pit .

Community members from all walks of life are invited to participate, including college students, non-profit and faith-based organizations, neighborhood groups, veterans, bilingual individuals, people recently or currently living unsheltered, and anyone else who wants to help alleviate homelessness. Training will be provided. The deadline for volunteer registration is Jan. 16, 2023.

Volunteers will be conducting surveys of people living without homes in many different locations including Project Connect resource fairs, local service providers, food banks, shelters, and community meal sites. Data collected during the count informs local, state and federal funders about the scope of homelessness and helps channel funding and resources to local communities.

To sign up online, go to http://kcowa.us/PIT2023.or contact Cory Derenburger of the Kitsap County Department of Human Services Housing and Homelessness Program at cderenbu@kitsap.gov or (360) 337-7287.


Flooding at Point No Point in Hansville12/28/2022

​Point No Point County Park and the surrounding area in Hansville is experiencing flooding due to a combination of heavy rains and a 'King Tide'. The storm surge overtopped and damaged the beach berm located north of Point No Point near the lighthouse, allowing tidewater to flow across Point No Point Road. Point No Point Park and NE Point No Point Road between Hansville and Hillview is closed. Kitsap County Public Works and Parks crews have been onsite assessing the damage. 

Public Works, County Parks, and the County's Department of Emergency Management (DEM) are working together to develop a plan to repair the beach berm in the park. DEM will investigate eligible relief programs with Washington State Department of Emergency Management. The Red Cross is offering shelter and cleaning kits to impacted residents. Find more information on resources at kitsapdem.com.   

"The required repair work can only be done at low tide making this repair difficult. It may take a few days to complete," according to Dave Tucker, Assistant Director at Public Works. "We're focusing on minimizing damage, and restoring the berm as quickly as possible," Tucker added. Work near water requires permits from Washington Department of Fishing and Wildlife. Jan Glarum (Acting Director of DEM) has issued a Directors Proclamation of Emergency. That declaration is needed to obtain the permits needed to perform repairs. 

For Parks information contact Charles Cuzzetto (360-337-5350 or CCuzzetto@kitsap.gov), for Department of Emergency Management services call Dave Rasmussen (360.307.5871 or DRasmussen@kitsap.gov), and for Public Works information, call Dave Tucker (360.337.5777 or DTucker@kitsap.gov). 


SPECIAL NOTICE: No action on proposed firearms ordinance will be taken at Dec. 12 Commissioners' meeting12/8/2022

December 8, 2022

Special Notice from the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners

Status Update on Ordinance Restricting Open and Concealed Carry of Firearms and Weapons in the Kitsap County Administration Building and Restricting Possession, Sale, Purchase, or Trade of Firearms at the Thunderbird Arena and Stadium, Pavilion, and Presidents’ Hall


A public hearing on the proposed ordinance took place November 14, 2022, and a decision on the ordinance was continued to the Board of County Commissioners regular business meeting December 12 to allow for further public comment.

This is to inform the public that the Board of Commissioners will take no action on the proposed ordinance in the near future. The current proposal will be withdrawn from consideration at the upcoming December 12 board meeting and the proposal re-evaluated in the future. The Board extends its appreciation to everyone who participated in the public process. 

After discussing the proposed ordinance in a work study session December 7, the Board decided to withdraw the proposed ordinance that would have ended gun shows at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.

Since the initial public hearing November 14, Commissioners received over 150 comments on the proposal from both sides of the issue.

The diversity of comments revealed how regulations regarding guns and gun shows can be polarizing but may also be used as an opportunity to discuss other important topics related to gun rights and public safety.

Challenges surrounding implementation were also highlighted and, at this junction, any substantive changes to the draft ordinance would require re-noticing for public comment.


Questions? Contact the Kitsap County Commissioners' Office at KitsapCommissioners@kitsap.gov

 


Be prepared and stay informed!11/18/2022



Be prepared and stay informed!

November 18, 2022
Inclement Weather Page

Inclement Weather Page

Bookmark this page for the latest news during storm events Closures, delays and other impacts to County business are posted here during winter storms.
TRR Page

The Road Report

Bookmark this page for the latest on road closures and delays.

Contact: Doug Bear
Public Communications Manager
360.337.4598
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Winter is coming...

It won't be long now before the first flakes hit the ground. Kitsap County Public Works offers two ways to stay informed during winter weather.

The Inclement Weather & Emergency Information page always has the latest information on facility closures, delayed openings, and other related news. You'll also find a list of links to the County's snow and ice response plan, the priority plowing map, and much more. Sign up on this page to receive updates by text message or email.

The Road Report is the place to look for the latest updates on road closures and delays. Use the "Select an Option" drop down menu to sort the list geographically. During storms the default view changes to show roads impacted by the weather. Sign up on this page for weekly updates by text or email to stay ahead of road maintenance and construction delays year-round. 



Community campaign reaches goal to preserve timber rights in Kitsap County's Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park11/18/2022


Forterra, Our Forest Fund and the Kitsap Forest & Bay Coalition successfully hit the goal to raise $500,000 to purchase all 756 acres of timber rights in Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park. Read the press release for details on this community effort to protect and preserve important cultural, ecological, and recreational resources at https://lnks.gd/2/xVqnb5 .

 


Public Hearing on the Public Works Capital Facilities and Transportation Improvement plans set for November 2811/18/2022

 


Public invited to a drop-in open house Nov. 17 to discuss key topics of Comprehensive Plan11/15/2022

Kitsap County will host an in-person Open House, with staff available from 5:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Commissioners' Chambers at 619 Division St, Port Orchard on Thursday, November 17, 2022. The public is invited to "drop-in" at their convenience to discuss the topics they are interested in.

Discussions will focus on land use, economic development, housing, environment and climate change, transportation, capital facilities, parks and recreation, and the Silverdale Regional Center.

The Comprehensive Plan helps guide County decision making in addressing population and job growth, environmental protection, and infrastructure investments through 2044. This includes the potential for new development, what it will look like and how it impacts our communities.

For more information on the Comprehensive Plan Update, please visit the project website at kcowa.us/compplan. The site is updated regularly with upcoming public meeting information, interactive surveys, policy questions, story maps on planning concepts, draft documents and other informational materials. The site also includes a link to sign up to receive related news and updates via email and text.

Send specific questions and comments to compplan@kitsap.gov or call Kitsap1 at (360) 337-5777 and ask for Planning and Environmental Programs.

Kitsap County launches Operation Green Light Nov. 7-13 in support of local veterans10/18/2022

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In advance of the upcoming Veterans Day holiday, Kitsap County announces that county buildings will be illuminated in green Nov. 7-13 as part of Operation Green Light, a new national collaborative initiative of the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers to support military veterans and raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by many veterans and resources available to assist veterans and their families.

Kitsap County Commissioners and the Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board encourage everyone to participate by simply changing one light bulb in their home or business to a green bulb. This can be an exterior light that neighbors and passersby see, or an interior light that sparks a conversation with friends. County Commissioners passed a resolution Oct. 10 proclaiming their support of Operation Green Light.

"We hope the public will join us in celebrating the service of Kitsap veterans, past and present, by displaying a green light for them. We will light up the County Administration Building to show our support and honor veterans for their selfless service and the contributions they continue to make to local communities," said Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder.

Operation Green Light lets veterans and their families know their service matters and is a way of expressing gratitude for their sacrifices while reflecting on military service personnel and their transition back into civilian life after completion of their service to our country.

"It is heartwarming to participate in a nationwide event that honors our veterans in the spirit of teamwork that all veterans know so well. Uniting around our veterans by displaying a green light in our homes is a simple expression of gratitude that makes our community stronger," noted Kitsap County Veterans Assistance Program Coordinator Richard Becker. "I hope other county organizations show their commitment to veterans as our own County Commissioners have done through their steadfast support of Operation Greenlight."  

Visit the Kitsap County Veterans Assistance Program at kcowa.us/veterans for more information and links to resources available to local veterans and their families.

Contact Information

Richard Becker, Kitsap County Department Of Human Services Veterans Assistance Program Coordinator, rbecker@kitsap.gov, 360-337-4811.


Register to attend upcoming training sessions for Kitsap County's severe weather shelters10/18/2022

Interested in helping those who need safe shelter from hazardous weather conditions? Learn more about volunteering at one of Kitsap County's severe weather shelters during orientation and training courses that will cover shelter operations, safety and security. Multiple training sessions are scheduled. 

Shelters rely solely on volunteers for staffing and more are needed at all locations for the upcoming severe weather shelter season from Nov. 1 through March 31. Volunteers fill five-hour shifts in the evening and overnight, with multiple volunteers during each shift. Training is required. Previous volunteers who are already trained do not need to attend but may want to join a session as a refresher. 

Sign up to attend one session at the location you'd like to volunteer. Walk-ins are welcome at the sessions and applications will be available on site. 

  • Kingston Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road NE
    6:30-8 P.M. Tues., Oct. 25 or Nov. 3
  • Poulsbo Gateway Fellowship Church, 18901 8th Avenue NE, West Wing 272
    6-8 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 27
  • Silverdale United Methodist Church, 9982 Silverdale Way NW
    Time and date to be determined. Please email if you are interested.
  • Port Orchard United Methodist Church, 725 Kitsap Street
    6-8 p.m. Wed, Nov. 2

The severe weather shelters are activated when:

  • temperatures are expected to be at or below 32 degrees for four or more hours and one or more successive days and/or
  • snow accumulation is expected to exceed one inch or more for more than two days and/or
  • there are two or more successive days of one inch or more of rain.
  • Shelters may also activate when high wind warnings are issued.

Register online for volunteer training at kcowa.us/SWS-2022 or call 360-979-6358. Learn about the severe weather shelter program at kcowa.us/kcsws.

For more information, contact Virginia McCaslin, Kitsap County Department of Human Services Housing & Homelessness Division, vmccaslin@kitsap.gov or call (360) 979-6358.


Commissioners appoint four members to Kitsap Public Health Board9/27/2022

​Four nonelected members were appointed to serve on the Kitsap Public Health Board, as required by a new state law. Learn more about these community and tribal representatives and the new health board structure at the press release from the Kitsap Public Health District here.

North Kitsap Service Center Virtual Open House #4 scheduled for 9-29-22 at 5:30pm9/22/2022

​Kitsap County Public Works invites you to an online presentation to learn about design updates for the new road maintenance and household hazardous waste collection facility planned near the intersection of Bond Road NE (SR307) and NE Gunderson Road.

Join us Thursday, September 29

Travel Advisory: Overnight Intersection Closures at Anderson/Provost/Old Frontier Sept 21-22 for Paving9/16/2022

The intersection at NW Anderson Hill Road, Provost Road NW, and Old Frontier Road NW in central Kitsap County will be closed during overnight hours to facilitate paving work:

  • 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday, September 21
  • 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday, September 22

Removing old sections of pavement can be loud and disruptive and crews will work quickly and efficiently to minimize night time noise. Inclement weather could delay paving and striping. For more information regarding this intersection improvement project visit the project page.




Assessor's Office conducting on-site inspections in Central Kitsap9/13/2022

(Port Orchard, WA) — Appraisers from the Kitsap County Assessor’s Office are now conducting on-site inspections throughout Central Kitsap. Washington State Law (RCW 84.41.030) requires inspections of all real property throughout the county at least once every six years.

The inspections of Central Kitsap should be completed by April 2023. If an appraiser from the office attempts to make contact with you, please understand that they are trying to verify the characteristics of your property to ensure the accuracy of our data. Due to the high volume of inspections our appraisers are conducting, we are unable to accommodate appointments.

Our appraisers do not drive county vehicles; however their vehicles are marked with the proper county identification on both sides. Appraisers should be easily identifiable with high visible vests with the county logo. Other verification options are to request to see individual credentials, contact our office at 360.337.7160, or check our inspection area progress map on our website at: http://www.kitsap.gov/assessor.


Public invited to join virtual meetings this fall diving into key topics of Comprehensive Plan9/8/2022

As part of early public outreach, Kitsap County will hold a series of virtual public meetings this fall to discuss the upcoming update to the Comprehensive Plan. These meetings cover a number of key topics including land use, economic development, housing, environmental and climate change, the Silverdale Regional Center, transportation and capital facilities.

Each meeting begins at 6 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 13 – Land Use and Economic Development
  • Tuesday, Sept. 27 – Housing
  • Tuesday, Oct. 11 – Environmental and Climate Change
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19 – Silverdale Regional Center
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25 – Transportation and Capital Facilities

Go to the project website at kcowa.us/compplan for more information and links to join these virtual meetings.

Each meeting will include a presentation and then attendees can choose to join interactive break-out groups to share their thoughts on issues and opportunities in Kitsap related to the topic of the evening. These may be shared verbally, through facilitated discussion or written in the chat option of the Zoom meeting.

The Comprehensive Plan helps guide County decision making in addressing population and job growth, environmental protection and infrastructure investments through 2044. This includes the potential for new development, what it may look like and how it impacts our communities.

For more information about the update, please visit the project website at kcowa.us/compplan. This site is updated regularly with upcoming public meetings, interactive surveys, policy questions, story maps on planning concepts, draft documents and other informational materials.

If you have any specific questions, please send them to compplan@kitsap.gov or call Kitsap1 at (360) 337-5777 and ask for Planning and Environmental Programs.


Fire danger remains high Friday through Sunday9/8/2022

(Port Orchard, WA) - Local fire officials are making a special plea for the public to use extreme caution with all potential ignition sources as the coming weekend's weather conditions are expected to cause a spike in fire danger. The forecast includes high temperatures into the 90s, combined with low humidity and easterly winds. The National Weather Service posted a "Red Flag Warning" for exceptionally dangerous fire conditions for Friday through Sunday, but the situation is expected to change by Monday when a more normal fall weather pattern is forecast.

A Stage One Outdoor Burn Ban, prohibiting all but recreational fires, went into effect  August 5. Rather than impose a more stringent burn ban for this weekend alone, the Kitsap County Fire Marshal is partnering with the Kitsap County Fire Chiefs to ask the public to be especially careful.

"This would be a good weekend to forego recreational fires or any other activities that could result in a fire," said Kitsap County Fire Marshal David Lynam.

Recreational fires are those in designated fire pits or appliances, less than 3 feet in diameter and burning only dry, seasoned wood. Between 80 to 90 percent of all wildfires are sparked by human activity. The most common cause is escaped outdoor fires.

"There are resources available to respond to any fires that might break out, but the best way to keep Kitsap safe is to keep fires from starting. To do that, we need the public's help," Lyman added

For more information on outdoor burning, go to kcowa.us/burnban or contact your local fire department.

 


Kitsap event observes World Suicide Prevention Day8/26/2022

Joining in a global effort to raise awareness about suicide, reduce associated stigmas and share information about suicide and mental health crisis prevention, the Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board, Kitsap County Suicide Prevention & Awareness Group, The Coffee Oasis and Olympic Educational Service District 114 invite everyone to World Suicide Prevention Day from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Kitsap County Administration Building, 619 Division St., Port Orchard.

This special event features community information tables for youth and adults, a panel discussion with local mental health experts, opportunities for the public to interact, and guest speakers including Kitsap legislators. There will also be a table of honor beads in different colors that those attending can choose from to show their personal connection to the cause. A candlelight vigil outside the building will close the day.

The theme for 2022 World Suicide Prevention Day is 'Creating hope through action,' reflecting on the need for collective efforts to address this urgent public health issue. Family members, friends, co-workers, community members, educators, religious leaders, healthcare professionals, political officials and governments can take action to prevent suicide. Be the light for those in need and learn what can be done to help others and possibly save a life with these suggestions to take time to reach out.

To view and print the event flyer, click here

Find information and resources on suicide prevention and awareness, including local crisis lines, at kcowa.us/suicideprevention


One minute a month to make Kitsap County better8/12/2022

​Kitsap County is testing FlashVote, a new way for the county to engage the community and gather valuable input from residents. FlashVote allows people to sign up and give their opinion on topics important to the Kitsap County community. "We are interested to see if this is a good way to engage residents on current issues," said Doug Bear, the County's Communication Manager. "This is a quick and easy way for residents to give their opinion on current issues," Bear added.

Sign up at flashvote.com/kitsap, or on the phone  by calling 775.235.2240. It takes less than a minute to sign up!

When youi sign up you decide how to  get your surveys. You can choose to have them sent by email, text message, or phone call. Surveys are short, usually 3-5 questions, and typically take about a minute or two to complete. You get a notification when there is a new survey and have 48 hours to share you opinion. Once closed, all participants receive a summary of the results.

Personal or demographic information collected by FlashVote is not shared with Kitsap County or anyone else.

The first survey is coming soon! Help us see if this is a good way to get your opinion on the topics that matter most.


Overnight single-lane closures planned on Silverdale Way NW August 14-19 for paving project8/10/2022

A section of Silverdale Way NW between NW Bucklin Hill Road and NW Anderson Hill Road has reached the end of its useful life. Kitsap County Public Works road crews will repair and replace asphalt on both the northbound and southbound lanes during overnight hours when traffic volumes are lower.

There will be nightly single-lane closures on Silverdale Way NW from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 14 through 7 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19. One lane of traffic will remain open with flaggers in place to help guide travelers.

Please use caution when traveling through the area, especially at night. Removing old sections of pavement can be loud and disruptive and crews will work quickly and efficiently to minimize nighttime noise. Inclement weather could delay paving and striping.


Contact: Eirik O'Neal, Roads Education and Outreach Coordinator, 360.337.4568, eoneal@kitsap.gov


TITLE VI

Kitsap County Department of Public Works Roads Division assures that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or sex, as provided by Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and as amended, and the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 (P.I. 100.259) be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance from the Washington State Department of Transportation. For more information visit our Title VI page.





Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park Framework revised draft released8/10/2022

Kitsap County Parks is pleased to present the revised draft of the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park Framework, formerly known as the master plan. Edits are based on review, comments and suggested changes to the original draft framework received from the public, Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, Suquamish Tribe, focus groups, the Parks Advisory Board, project steering committee, Port Gamble Stewards, Kitsap County staff and County Commissioners.

Due to technical challenges, the documents could not be uploaded to the project site and are instead posted to the Kitsap County Parks website. Please note in the newly released draft documents, new text and changes made are indicated in red text within the documents. The original draft framework, comments matrix and frequently asked questions are posted and available on the project website here.

This revised draft framework will go before the Board of County Commissioners on August 22, 2022 for deliberations and potential approval.

Visit the project website for background on this planning effort, maps and other reference materials at portgambleforestpark.com.


Celebrate Kitsap County Farmers Market Week!8/8/2022

Kitsap County Commissioners proclaimed August 7-13 as Kitsap County Farmers Market Week, in conjunction with National Farmers Market Week.

Farmers markets benefit our communities and economy, providing access to healthy, locally produced food. Markets are also outlets for new small businesses to generate revenue, supporting the sustainability of family farms and building connections between rural and urban communities. Read the proclamation and learn about Kitsap farmers market at https://bit.ly/KitsapFarmersMarkets.

Kitsap County extends deadline for Comprehensive Plan reclassification requests through Sept. 158/5/2022

​August 5, 2022

In an effort to increase public participation and receive additional requests for amendments to the 2024 Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan, the deadline for submittals is extended through Sept. 15, 2022.

Public requests for reclassifications and other amendments may include urban growth area sizing, property zoning, goals and polices as well as County Code. Examples could include:

  • Zoning changes that increase the amount of housing or development allowed on a property.
  • Zoning changes that allow commercial or industrial uses on a property.
  • Code changes that impact the development of certain uses in a specific area.

Submission forms, along with a link to schedule a virtual appointment with staff to answer submittal and process questions, are available at the Comprehensive Plan Update website at kcowa.us/compplan.

Kitsap County began soliciting requests last June in an effort to increase public participation and receive specific requests for amendments as early in the process as possible. Proposals will be reviewed for potential inclusion in land-use alternatives or draft documents that will be approved by December 31, 2024.

The Comprehensive Plan establishes the direction for Kitsap in addressing land use, environmental protections, employment, housing, transportation, and other facility and service priorities over the next 20 years. The Board of County Commissioners use this document to guide decisions on policy, County Code, and development review.

For more information, to sign up to receive Comprehensive Plan updates and notice of opportunities for public input, visit kcowa.us/compplan or contact Colin Poff at compplan@kitsap.gov or (360) 337-7181.


Kitsap County kicks off Comprehensive Plan Update at virtual public meeting Aug. 188/5/2022

Kitsap County will hold a virtual public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, August 18 to discuss the upcoming update to the Comprehensive Plan. Visit the project website at kcowa.us/compplan for the Zoom link to join.

The Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan helps guide decision making in addressing population and job growth, environmental protection and infrastructure investments through 2044. This includes the potential for new development, what it may look like and how it impacts our communities. Beyond the usual requirements of the Plan, this update will emphasize housing affordability and climate change impacts.

At the upcoming meeting, staff will review the update process, key milestones and ways for the public to participate and provide feedback at various stages. Public input will be critical in this update, which concludes in 2024.

For more information on the Comprehensive Plan Update, please visit the project website at kcowa.us/compplan. The site is updated regularly with upcoming public meeting information, interactive surveys, policy questions, story maps on planning concepts, draft documents and other informational materials. The site also includes a link to sign up to receive related news and updates via email and text.

Send specific questions and comments to compplan@kitsap.gov or call Kitsap1 at (360) 337-5777 and ask for Planning and Environmental Programs.


Partial ban on outdoor burning starts Aug. 58/3/2022

​August 3, 2022


The Kitsap County Fire Marshal announced a Stage One ban on outdoor burning starting midnight, Friday, August 5.

Outdoor burning is prohibited under the ban and burning permits are suspended. Most outdoor burning is prohibited with a few exceptions including:

  • Recreational fires in approved appliances and locations
  • Permitted state or federal campgrounds

Recreational burning includes small fires for cooking, religious, or similar purposes, less than three feet in diameter in fire pits, fireplaces, or outdoor appliances.

"The elevated temperatures last week dried fuels to a seasonal level making the ban on larger outdoor fires necessary," says David Lynam, Kitsap County Fire Marshal.

Lynam does not expect to lift the ban until typical fall weather brings rainfall to the area.

Those who have recreational fires are asked to always have a sufficient water source handy to put the fire out. Never leave any fire unattended as even small recreational fires can spread to surrounding areas.

Stay up to date on current burn bans at the Kitsap County Fire Marshal's site: kcowa.us/burnban.


2022 Primary Election information7/13/2022

Registered voters in Kitsap County will begin receiving ballots for the 2022 Primary. The 2022 Primary includes 65 candidates in 18 races for federal, statewide, state legislative and county races. The top two candidates in each race advance to the General Election.

Registered voters who have not received their ballots by Thursday, July 21, can email auditor@kitsap.gov or call (360) 337-7128 to ask for a replacement.

The county's 25 drop boxes open Friday, July 15, and will remain open until 8 p.m., Election Day, August 2. Voters can find the locations for all drop boxes at kcowa.us/vote.

Voter registration is available online at VoteWA.gov for residents with a Washington Driver's License until July 25. Residents can register in person at the Kitsap County Administration Building in the Elections Office at 619 Division Street in Port Orchard or at one of the three vote centers.

The Vote Centers are open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 30 and Monday, August 1. On Election Day, August 2 the vote centers are open 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. The Port Orchard Vote Center will be in the Commissioners' Chambers of the Kitsap County Administration Building at 619 Division Street. In Bremerton the Vote Center is in the Marvin Williams Recreation Center at 725 Park Avenue. In Poulsbo the Vote Center is at the Poulsbo Fire Station, 911 Liberty Road.

The public is welcome to observe ballot processing in person in the Elections Office in Port Orchard, or online at Kitsap.gov/elections. The Elections Division will host a training for ballot observers at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 16 in the Commissioners Chambers in the County Administration Building, 619 Division Street in Port Orchard. The meeting will also be recorded and posted online at Kitsap.gov/elections. The training will review what to look for and rules for observers.


Learn about the North Sound to Olympics Trail Planning Study7/5/2022

This study is a continuation of a series of efforts to advance the North Sound to Olympics (NSTO) Trail feasibility analysis.  In 2011, the North Kitsap community completed an extensive grass-roots process to explore and identify how to link their communities and access parks and open spaces.  This effort resulted in the “String of Pearls” plan, which was adopted by the County Commissioners and incorporated into the County’s Non-Motorized Facility Plan (2013, 18). Go the project page to learn more! 

Human Resources Office closed for in-person business until Tuesday, July 56/30/2022



Public hearing July 11 on Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park draft planning framework6/30/2022

The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park Draft Master Plan at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 11 in the Kitsap County Administration Building, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard, and virtually via Zoom. This takes place during the Commissioners' regular business meeting. Written and verbal testimony will be taken on the draft master plan released earlier this year. No decision is expected at this meeting.

The Master Plan, renamed Framework as a result of public input, was developed over the last two years as a guiding document for future discussions of conservation, restoration, recreation and education opportunities within Kitsap County's 3,500-acre Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park. The draft framework acknowledges ongoing efforts such as the mountain biking ride park, Sound-to-Olympics Trail and Stottlemeyer trailhead, and proposes discussion of a 33-acre recreation and education campus adjacent to the ride park in the northwest portion of the park.

Other elements include updates to the trail system to create more loop trails while decommissioning trails that impact the environment or provide little meaningful access. The framework also details conservation priorities for a majority of the park acreage with an emphasis on timber acquisition, restoration and passive recreation.  

Also available for review and comment are a matrix of previous public comments on the draft plan including staff responses, and a frequently asked questions brochure. These documents, the draft plan and additional information on the park, the planning process and other proposals may be found at https://portgambleforestpark.com under the 'Draft Plan' and 'Reference Materials Library' tabs.

The Board of County Commissioners' meeting agenda for July 11, including the Zoom link to attend virtually, will be available here.


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