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Port Gamble Redevelopment Plan Draft Environmental Impact Statement11/1/2019

​(Port Orchard, WA)- The Department of Community Development has drafted a proposed update to The Master Plan for the Port Gamble Rural Historic Town, The Port Gamble Redevelopment Plan Draft Environmental Impact Statement. An Environmental Impact Statement is a document prepared to describe project effects for proposed activities on the environment.

This draft will be consistent with State Environmental Policy Act rules, and the County is conducting a 30-day comment period from September 17, 2019 - November, 2019.

For more information and to make a comment, visit: www.tiny.cc/PortGambleRedevelopment.

CONTACT

Jeff Smith, Senior Planner

Department of Community Development

Planning & Environmental Programs

(360) 337-5777

jnsmith@co.kitsap.wa.us

 

Media Contact: Natalie Marshall

Open house - Zoning Use Table update10/18/2019

Come to the Table - Help us plan what's built in your neighborhood!

The Department of Community Development is hosting two open house events for the Come to the Table – Zoning Use Table Update on:

  • Monday, November 4, 2019 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm in the

Kitsap Regional Library, Community Room

Poulsbo, 700 NE Lincoln Rd, Poulsbo, WA 98370

  • Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm in the

    Kitsap County Administration Building, Lobby

619 Division St., Port Orchard, WA 98366

This is your community, have a voice in how it changes over time. The open houses aim to inform the public and request feedback on proposed changes that affect what can be built in your neighborhood.  Your feedback will help the Department refine proposed changes that will be considered in 2020.

Want to learn more about the project? Visit our project website at https://www.kitsapgov.com/dcd/Pages/Code-Updates.aspx  

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the Department of Community Development at (360) 337-5777.

Thanks in advance for participating in this process!

Kitsap County's wastewater treatment plants awarded for outstanding performance 10/14/2019

​(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County Public Works Sewer Division was recently recognized by the Washington State Department of Ecology for Outstanding Performance in 2018 at wastewater treatment plants in Kingston and Manchester.

This is the 24th consecutive year that the Manchester Wastewater Treatment Plant received this award, which is the longest consecutive record in the state of Washington. A total of 110 wastewater treatment plants received the award last year.

Wastewater treatment plants keep Washington's waters clean, by keeping pathogens, chemicals, trash, and sewage out of our water. This is accomplished with careful monitoring, excellent laboratory procedures, and knowledgeable staff. Keeping a wastewater treatment plant in top-performing condition can be a tough job, so every year Ecology recognizes these top-notch facilities and their operators. 

If you are interested in seeing how a wastewater treatment plant works, call Kitsap1 to schedule a tour at 360.337.5777. More information on wastewater treatment and other Public Works facilities is available at www.kitsapgov.com/pw.

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Contact: Lisa Edge, Education and Outreach Coordinator
360.337.5777 x3681 or ledge@co.kitsap.wa.us



Homeless shelter proposal presented at two public forums10/3/2019

​The Kitsap County Department of Human Services will host two public forums on a proposed Navigation Center, a 24-hour homeless shelter in Kitsap County with supportive services. This is an informational meeting only; no location or provider for the proposed navigation center has been selected.

Information will include: how the program will operate, the population served, services made available at the center, and how these services will be provided.

Questions, ideas, and feedback from the public are welcome.

Meetings will take place:

6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct.15

Norm Dicks Government Center,

First Floor Meeting Chambers

345 6th Street, Bremerton

6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22

Kitsap Regional Library

Poulsbo Library Community Room

700 NE Lincoln Road, Poulsbo

For more information, contact Kirsten Jewell, Kitsap County Department of Human Services Housing and Homelessness Division Manager, kjewell@co.kitsap.wa.us, (360) 337-7286. 

To learn more about resources for those living without homes, affordable housing, volunteering for warming shelters this winter, or to read the Kitsap County Homeless Crisis Response and Housing Plan, go to https://www.kitsapgov.com/hs/Pages/HH-Housing-and-Homelessness-Landing.aspx

Roadway improvements on Ridgetop Blvd NW continue as Phase 2 of the project begins10/2/2019

Phase 2 of this project continues stormwater and roadway improvements on Ridgetop Boulevard NW from Quail Run Drive to Pinnacle Court NW. This work is the second phase of a three-phased project that extends from NW Waaga Way (SR 303) to Silverdale Way NW. Phase 1 was completed this past June. Phase 3 is partially funded by the Washington State Dept. of Ecology for the stormwater upgrades of the project. The County is actively seeking funding for the road construction portion of this phase that currently remains unfunded.

This phase makes stormwater improvements by installing bioretention cells in the newly designed roadway medians. The project will also install standard single-lane roundabouts at Quail Run Drive, NW Timber Shadow Court, NW Thornwood Circle and NW Pinnacle Court. Widening the sidewalk on the east side of Ridgetop Blvd to 10 feet through the project limits, installing new street lighting, and making pedestrian safety improvements are also part of the project.

The 9-month project begins October 14, 2019 with the contractor mobilizing equipment on the project site. Construction is expected to be completed the Spring of 2020. The roadway remains open for the duration of the project; however, motorists can expect traffic delays in the immediate vicinity of the work. Flaggers will assist motorists through the project area.

The work is being done by C & R Tractor and Landscaping, Inc., under a $4.2 million construction contract.

For more information contact Gunnar Fridriksson, Project Manager, at Kitsap1, 360.337.5777 or email help@kitsap1.com. To learn more about the project and to sign up for electronic notifications visit http://kcowa.us/RidgetopBlvd.

Training courses this month prepare volunteers to operate severe weather shelters in Kitsap10/1/2019

Severe weather shelters provide safe places and warm beds for people to stay in overnight during severe weather events that occur between November 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020. 

Volunteer registration is now open for shelter operations this season, beginning with a free two-hour training course required for all volunteers (and highly recommended as a refresher for returning volunteers). Space is limited. Register online at http://tiny.cc/SWS-2019 or call (360) 337-7287.

These shelters, located in Kingston, Poulsbo, Silverdale and Port Orchard, rely solely on volunteers to operate them. During five-hour evening and overnight shifts, volunteers help set up the shelter, check in guests, monitor safety, help guests depart and close the shelter in the morning.

Required training sessions are scheduled:

North Kitsap

6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24

Gateway Fellowship Church

West Wing Room 272

18901 8th Ave. NE, Poulsbo

South Kitsap

6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30

Port Orchard United Methodist Church

725 Kitsap St., Port Orchard

All volunteers are required to complete an application and pass a criminal background check. Volunteer applications and more information about the Severe Weather Shelter program can be found at http://tiny.cc/kcsws  

Prepared not scared - tip # 2 what to do during an earthquake9/17/2019

Prepared not scared 3

KITSAP READY!

Kitsap County experiences dozens of small earthquakes each year, that are never felt. However  we are also vulnerable to stronger and more destructive earthquakes hitting our community.

We want you to be #KitsapReady!


 
 

Tip # 2 - What to do during an earthquake:


 
 
Blue Earthquake

 
 

If you are indoors, Drop! Cover! Hold on!

  • Drop to hands and knees
  • Cover head and neck
  • Hold on to something sturdy until the shaking stops
  • If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows.)
  • Stay inside!

If you are outdoors, move to a clear area

  • Move to a clear area,  away from buildings, power lines, trees, sign
  • Then Drop, Cover, and Hold On.

If you are driving, pull over, stop and set the parking brake

  • If possible, avoid overpasses, bridges, power lines and other hazards.
  • Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking stops.

If you are in bed: lie face down, cover your head and neck 

  • Cover neck and head with a pillow.
  • Hold on with both hands.
  • Wait until the shaking stops before getting out of bed.

 
 

How you can prepare for an earthquake:


 
 
Build A KIT

 
 

Build a Kit

Gather Emergency Supplies for your home, car and place of work. This is important for all types of emergencies and disasters.

Practice Earthquake Drills

Participate along with thousands of other organizations, businesses and schools across the state in The Great Washington Shake Out, Oct. 17, 2019 at 10:17 a.m. (or at your own designated time).


 
 

Questions?

For More information visit: The Department of Emergency Management

For questions, call 360.337.5777  or email: help@kitsap1.com

Prepared not scared - Tip # 1 Preparing for rain9/16/2019

Kitsap Ready​!

Kitsap County wants you to be prepared and not scared for community disasters and other emergencies. Follow us for the remainder of the month, as we provide you with helpful tips on staying informed, planning ahead, and taking action. Let's get #KitsapReady!

Tip # 1- Preparing for the rain

Clear fallen leaves to prevent local flooding

Fall weather is here, and the rainy season is about to begin.  Storm drains clogged with leaves can cause local flooding of roads and private property.

How to prevent clogged storm drains 

  • Keep neighborhood storm drains free of leaves and debris. 
  • If you see a clogged storm drain, use a rake, shovel handle or stick to clear the drain. 
  • If this does not help, report the blockage on Kitsap County's new, easy to use app: See Click Fix.
  • NEVER remove a storm drain lid or attempt to clean a drain located in a busy street. 
  • Do not wade into water when you are unsure of the depth.

Check your gutters and downspouts 

  • Clear gutters and downspouts of leaves and debris. 
  • Replace leaky or broken gutters. 
  • Make sure downspouts are directed away from your house.

Disposing of leaves

  • Dispose of leaves by turning them into compost for your garden, putting them in curbside yard waste bins, or taking them to local composting facilities.
  • If you use a landscaping company, ask the landscaper to take the leaves with them. 

Do not blow or sweep leaves into the road, ditches or storm drain.

Questions?

For questions, to report blocked storm drains, or for flooding issues, use the new See Click Fix app, call 360.337.5777  or email: help@kitsap1.com

Review county 2020 budget at open houses this fall 9/12/2019

​Kitsap County will roll out its proposed 2020 budget at a series of community open houses, beginning September 23. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend to learn more about the county's spending plans in the coming year. Staff from the Department of Administrative Services will share an overview of the proposed 2020 budget and the public will be invited to ask questions or provide comments.

The final proposed departmental budgets will be presented during the community open houses, which are scheduled as follows:

  • Sept. 23, Commissioner District 2, South Kitsap, 4:30-5:30 p.m., prior to the Commissioners' regular business meeting in the Commissioners' Chambers of the County Administration Building, 614 Division Street, Port Orchard.
  • Oct. 2, Commissioner District 3, Central Kitsap, 5 p.m., in conjunction with the Central Kitsap Community Council meeting in the Best Western Silverdale Beach Hotel, 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Road.
  • Oct. 9, Commissioner District 1, North Kitsap, 5-6:15 p.m., prior to the Kingston Citizens Advisory Council meeting in the Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston.

A final public hearing on the budget is scheduled Dec. 2 during the Commissioners' regular business meeting, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the County Administration Building.

To review budget documents prior to the open houses, visit the Department of Administrative Services website at https://www.kitsapgov.com/das/Pages/bgt.aspx .

Burn ban will be lifted 9/139/11/2019

(Port Orchard, WA) -  The Kitsap County Fire Marshal announces that the phase one burn ban will be lifted at 8:00 am on Friday, September 13.

All outdoor burning may resume subject to the normal rules and regulations:

  • No burning in urban areas 
  • Burning permits are required - obtained from your local fire district

"Due to the recent weather patterns, vegetation has been able to retain moisture and not dry out as quickly, allowing general backyard burning and lifting of the ban," said David Lynam Kitsap County Fire Marshal. 

If you have any questions, contact your local fire district, or the Kitsap County Fire Marshal's Office (360) 337-5777.

County launches a new app to request services9/10/2019

See, Click, Fix app makes reporting problems easier

(Port Orchard, WA) - Have you ever seen a pothole, a sign that is broken, or illegal dumping alongside the road? Did you want a fast and easy way to report it? Kitsap County is using a new way to help residents report problems anywhere in the County. See, Click, Fix is a free, easy-to-use app (Android or IOS) that allows residents to instantly send pictures, specific descriptions and other important information to report potholes, downed signs, traffic signals, illegal dumping and other issues that need attention. It's also available from the desktop (www.kcowa.us/k1).

The report is sent to County staff and routed to the appropriate County Department or city agency to investigate and respond. Residents are updated through the app as their request is completed. All reports are shown on an area map. This allows users to see other reports in their area and determine if their concern has already been reported.

This really helps residents process requests," said Jamie Linville, Supervisor for the County's customer service center (Kitsap1). "They get real-time updates on the app, engage in their community and can report problems anywhere in the County," Linville added. The GPS location information, and being able to see problems on a map, are helpful for her staff in determining the proper response. "This helps ensure we get accurate data in the initial request, which helps us get the request routed to the correct agency," said Linville.

The app allows users to track their request and see progress made. The software provides a dashboard that allows technicians to monitor responses to ensure timely completion. Residents can even create their own "watch area" to receive notifications about all issues reported in their community-not just the ones they report. Get the app and see the app at www.kcowa.us/k1.

You can always submit concerns through Kitsap1 (360.337.5777 or help@kitsap1.com). Kitsap1 is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 


Kingston traffic gridlock: A guide to transportation solutions from Commissioner Rob Gelder8/29/2019

In response to the many questions he receives about what is being done to alleviate traffic gridlock in downtown Kingston, Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder prepared a document that addresses long- and near-term solutions. Commissioner Gelder has worked for many years with Kingston residents, state agencies and legislators to identify specific options and pursue funding to move projects forward. The document is available here.

To learn more about efforts of the Washington State Department of Transportation State Route 104 Kingston ferry terminal traffic improvement, visit their website at: https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr104/kingston-ferry-terminal/home .

Contact Washington State Ferries to comment on or complain about ferry issues at (206) 464-6400 or (888) 808-7977. These can also be submitted online at https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/infodesk/customerfeedback .

Art for Clean Water:  Connecting Storm Drains to Puget Sound8/20/2019

​(Port Orchard, WA) - Local Puget Sound artists are converging on downtown Keyport to turn storm drains into public art. The artists were selected by a committee who reviewed a dozen submissions for proposed artwork on storm drains.

Kitsap County Public Works' Stormwater Division wanted the public art to emphasize the link between storm drains and surface waters and help connect the community to their local water resources. 

"We want to paint the picture that pollutants that make their way into storm drains end up in our local waters, affecting water quality, habitat and wildlife," said Michelle Perdue, Stormwater Monitoring and Outreach Manager. "The Keyport community is the perfect location for this project, with its walkable streets, enthusiastic community response, and direct connection to our natural waterways."

The event takes place 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Thursday, August 22. Spectators are encouraged to come watch the artwork take shape, encourage the artists, and vote for their favorite completed design at http://kcowa.us/stormdrainartvote.

For information about the event call 360.337.5777. You can see the other submitted ideas online at http://kcowa.us/artforcleanwater.


Michelle Perdue | Stormwater Monitoring and Outreach Manager
mperdue@co.kitsap.wa.us | 360.337.5777


Kitsap counts! U.S. Census Bureau begins canvassing addresses in Kitsap8/20/2019

The U.S. Census Bureau launched address canvassing throughout the country last week, including here in Kitsap County, as the first major field operation of the 2020 Census. Census Bureau employees (listers) have started walking local neighborhoods verifying addresses. The listers are area residents hired to help with the project. Their work continues through mid-October, with the actual census count getting underway in 2020.

Listers identify every place where people could stay, whether temporary or permanent. They compare what they see on the ground to the existing census address list and then verify, correct or add address and location information as needed. If the lister does not find anyone home, they will verify and update the address information by observation.

Address canvassing improves and refines the Census Bureau's address list of households nationwide, adding new housing developments, changes in existing homes and other housing units that did not previously exist. This is necessary to deliver invitations to respond to the 2020 census.

The address list plays a vital role in ensuring a complete and accurate count of everyone living in the United States.

Identifying address listers at your door

To help identify address listers, employees will have badges and briefcases indicating their affiliation with the Census Bureau. They will knock on doors and ask a few simple questions to verify the address and any additional living quarters on the property for inclusion in the census.

Employees will introduce themselves as a Census Bureau employee, show their official government identification badge (sample below), and explain the purpose of the visit. People may also ask them for a picture from another source to confirm their identity.

About 30 percent of all addresses in Kitsap County will be canvassed. The 2020 Census: In-Field Address Canvassing (IFAC) Viewer provides county information on areas that listers will visit.

This operation is one of several activities the Census Bureau conducts for an accurate and complete count. The Census Bureau also partners with the U.S. Postal Service and tribal, state and local officials to update the address list.

Census worker ID badge sample front/back:

For a brief video about address canvassing, including how to identify address listers, click here.

2020 Census official count starts in January

The 2020 Census officially starts counting people in January. Most households in the country will start receiving invitations to respond online, by phone or by mail in March 2020.

The U.S. Constitution mandates that a census of the population be conducted once every 10 years. Census data is used to determine the number of seats each state holds in Congress and how more than $675 billion in federal funds are distributed back to states and local communities every year for services and infrastructure, including health care, jobs, schools, roads and businesses. 

Questions?

If you have any questions or want to verify a lister, please contact the West Coast Regional Census Office in Los Angeles at (213) 314-6500. For more information on the 2020 Census, visit the Census Bureau website .

Census workers are still needed - paid jobs are available now in Kitsap County. Go to https://2020census.gov/jobs.

Input sought on services for older adults in Kitsap8/16/2019

​Community input is sought on the draft four-year plan for local aging residents that identifies gaps in services, demographic trends, challenges and opportunities. The 2020-2023 area plan addresses how the Kitsap County Area Agency on Aging administers programs and allocates discretionary funding to support older adults and adults with disabilities living in the community.

The Kitsap County Department of Human Services Division of Aging and Long-Term Care, the designated Area Agency on Aging, developed the plan and encourages residents to submit comments on the draft and learn more about resources and services available.

The draft plan will be posted Aug. 19 to the Aging and Long-Term Care website at www.agingkitsap.com. A printed copy will be also available at the Aging and Long-Term Care office, located at 1026 Sidney Avenue, Suite 105, Port Orchard or call (360) 337-5700.

Comments on the draft will be accepted until Sept. 11, 2019 and may be mailed to the Kitsap County Division of Aging and Long-Term Care, 614 Division St. MS-5, Port Orchard, WA, 98366 or emailed to Tawnya Weintraub at TWeintra@co.kitsap.wa.us

The 2020-2023 draft plan will be presented during the Board of County Commissioners' regular business meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, followed by a public hearing. The meeting is held in the Commissioners' Chambers of the Kitsap County Administration building, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard. The public is welcome to attend and comment on the plan.

For more information or to require special accommodations, please contact Stacey Smith at (360) 337-5700, (800) 562-6418 or TDD (360) 307-4280. One week advance notice is needed for interpreter services at the community presentation.

VISION 2050 : Comment on growth strategies for Puget Sound7/29/2019

​Share your values about the Puget Sound region and give input on future growth strategies detailed in the draft VISION 2050 plan of the Puget Sound Regional Council.

By 2050, the central Puget Sound region will be home to nearly 6 million people – a 40 percent jump from today. The Puget Sound Regional Council's VISION 2050 is the guide for how this growth can support thriving communities, a strong economy, and healthy environment.

The draft VISION 2050 describes how the region should grow and preserve what people value about the region – a healthy natural environment, economic opportunity and great communities – and also address affordability, equity, climate change and other challenges.

VISION 2050 lays out policies and actions for guiding growth to create healthy places to live and work, while protecting the region’s forests, farms and open spaces. The plan talks about where cities and counties will encourage more housing and jobs, and how transportation will connect people to where they need to go. The draft VISION 2050 plan calls for:

• Increasing housing choices and affordability

• Providing opportunities for all

• A strong economy and balanced job growth throughout the region

• Significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions

• Transportation that connects centers and improves mobility

• Growth focused in centers and near fast and frequent transit

• Restoring the health of the Puget Sound

• Protecting a network of open space

Visit https://www.psrc.org/our-work/regional-planning/vision-2050/get-involved for an online open house, more information and the opportunity to submit comments. The public comment period is open until Sept. 16, 2019.

Questions? Contact PSRC at  VISION2050@psrc.org or (206) 464-7532 .

Draft stewardship plan for North Kitsap Heritage Park under review7/26/2019

​Volunteer park stewards spent more than 18 months preparing a stewardship plan for natural resource protection and recreational use of the county's North Kitsap Heritage Park. The draft plan is now open for a 60-day public review and comment period.

To access the document and online form click here or visit https://www.kitsapgov.com/parks/Pages/NorthKitsapHeritagePark.aspx.

Parks staff will work with the NKHP stewards to review comments received and make revisions, if necessary. Kitsap County Commissioners are anticipated to adopt the stewardship plan this fall.

"We applaud the dedicated planning work of these volunteer stewards," said County Commissioner Rob Gelder. "Because this park attracts use from all parts of the county and beyond, we want to ensure the larger public can see the planning goals and weigh-in with comments, concerns and ideas."

North Kitsap Heritage Park (NKHP) is a regional treasure, located off Miller Bay Road, consisting of 799 acres of forest, wetlands and hiking trails. A dedicated volunteer stewardship group, formed in 2009, largely maintains the park, in partnership with the Kitsap County Parks Department.

The NKHP Stewardship Plan is a management tool and template intended to provide direction for resource protection and conservation actions. It guides recreational use and future development away from areas of environmental sensitivity.

The draft plan follows a county-adopted landscape classification planning process, identifying zones within the park for varying levels of resource protection, conservation actions, and development for recreational use, primarily trail corridors. The plan also outlines the history of the landscape, including its ancient glacial formation, use by Native Americans, historic logging operations, and finally, the County Commissioners assertive land acquisition program.

The park setting is a mix of forest types. Some are derived from the previous monoculture, which was important to commercial timber production. More recently, the forest is becoming diversified through ecological-based forest thinning and replanting with mixed tree species. The stewardship plan also identifies streams, wetlands, culverts and other waterbodies, assessing the quality and describing management objectives.

For more information, contact Steven Starlund, Parks Planner, at (360) 337-5312, sstarlun@co.kitsap.wa.us or go to https://www.kitsapgov.com/parks/Pages/NorthKitsapHeritagePark.aspx.

 

Chapter 2 of our 'Getting You There' story 7/18/2019

​Take a drive with us to learn more about the County road system. Chapter 2 of our Getting You There story talks about road priorities and costs associated with maintenance and operations.

Select 'What we do' on the top right-hand corner to skip to chapter 2. Did you miss our history chapter? Click 'History' to read chapter 1.

kcowa.us/gettingyouthere


Jo Meints | Roads Education & Outreach | 360.337.4568 | jmeints@co.kitsap.wa.us

Review input, regulatory concepts on short-term vacation rental policy7/11/2019

 Review input, regulatory concepts on vacation rental policy

County Commissioners continue outreach on short-term vacation rentals in Kitsap County. After reviewing public input from a recent survey and outreach events, Commissioners directed staff to host interest-based focus groups (such as short-term rental operators and neighbors) to review preliminary regulatory concepts.

The regulatory concepts were developed after an extensive outreach effort. Public comments received through mid-June on the impacts and opportunities from short-term vacation rentals and related survey responses were summarized and are now available for review. Participation was excellent with more than 26 comment submittals, over 300 citizens attending outreach events, and 894 responses to the survey.

This input provided an understanding of the range of interests, needs, and perspectives of owners/hosts (operators), users, neighbors, and citizens. The results lead to a general conclusion that short-term rentals are an important part of the local tourist economy but some level of oversight is necessary to prevent impacts to community character and neighborhoods.

  • The summary of survey results are available. Click here to view.
  • Click here to view public input summaries from public outreach events, public comments, and written survey responses.
  • Based on this outreach and the review of over 75 local ordinances and the newly passed Washington State HB 1798, staff has prepared a set of regulatory concepts for further public discussion. At this time, these concepts include little detail and are only a basic skeleton. The concepts are intended to be revised based on public input, legal considerations, best practices, and Board direction. Click here to view regulatory concepts. Please note current code requires conditional-use permitting approval for all short-term rentals – but this has been deferred due to the code being overly broad and too burdensome.

Additional outreach will continue through the summer with potential focus groups and other discussions. Please check the project website for ongoing updates and click here to sign up for the project email list.

If you have any questions, comments, or would like additional information, please visit the project website or contact Eric Baker, ebaker@co.kitsap.wa.us, or Jennifer Cannon, jjcannon@co.kitsap.wa.us, in the Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-7080.

Applications open for new Fair & Stampede Association7/10/2019

Kitsap County is now accepting applications with accompanying resumes from individuals interested in serving as non-compensated fiduciaries on a new Kitsap County Fair & Stampede Association Board of Directors. Candidates should have experience in non-profit governance and potential access to community organizations. The application deadline is August 2.

For a position description and to complete the online application, click here. Email a supplemental resume to rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us.

Commissioners will appoint a nominations committee to review and interview applicants, leading to the appointment of the initial members of the association board of directors. Once selected, directors will serve as the governing body of the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede Association.

Kitsap County Commissioners contracted with a consultant last year to do a fair sustainability study and review business models to provide the opportunity for the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede to fully develop into an entrepreneurial entity while keeping true to its public purpose. 

In February 2019, based on the study's recommendation that a non-profit model provides the most efficient transition, County Commissioners approved reorganizing the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede into a non-profit corporation. The County is creating documents required to establish the non-profit entity, while working with a consultant to draft operational policies and procedures, and research resources outlined in the consultant’s transition plan. As recommended in the study, County Commissioners will be instrumental in the transition.

The new non-profit Kitsap County Fair & Stampede Association will perform as a responsive and entrepreneurial organization with latitude to streamline business operations while keeping to professional business standards. 

The County fair sustainability study is available on-line at www.kitsapgov.com/parks/Documents/KitsapCountyFair%20Stampede_Long%20TermSustainability%20StudyFinalReport_January2019.pdf

For more information on the application process, contact Rebecca Pirtle in the Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-4650, rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us or visit https://www.kitsapgov.com/BOC_p/Pages/Advisory-Boards-.aspx.

Public burial ceremony July 13 lays to rest 15 residents7/1/2019

The Kitsap County Coroner's Office will hold a public burial ceremony at 10 a.m. July 13 at the Silverdale Pioneer Cemetery for 15 residents who were considered "indigent" at the time of their passing and left the world without family or funds for a final resting place.

The Kitsap County Coroner's Office feels very strongly that these individuals deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. By way of a generous donation from Sue Brown several years ago, Kitsap County was gifted two large cemetery plots at the Pioneer Cemetery, located at the end of Impasse Place off Anderson Hill Road. These plots provide a beautiful setting for these individuals to be interned.

Chaplain Don Melendez of Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue will officiate a short ceremony. Anyone who would like to attend is encouraged to join in this opportunity to show respect to those who have departed, and that they are not alone nor forgotten as they are laid to rest.

The names of those being interned:

Sandra J. PostJames Lee AndersonUnknown (Malone Estate)
Yvonne Diane FeltzmanJoyce A. YaleUnknown
Richard Dale MillerReinee Louise WohlersCsaba A. Feher
Remedios Reyes ByrneWelch (NFI)John P. Marion
Herbert Jay SchorrMargaret Mary CallahanRobert N. Sage

For more information, contact Kitsap County Coroner Jeff Wallis at (360) 337-7077, jwallis@co.kitsap.wa.us.                              

The Kitsap County Fire Marshal announces a ban on general outdoor burning6/26/2019

​(Port Orchard, WA) - ​ The Kitsap County Fire Marshal announces that a phase one ban on outdoor burning will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Friday 6/28/19. 

During a phase one burn ban all outdoor burning is prohibited, except for recreational fires in approved devices and locations. For more information on approved devices and locations, see Outdoor Burning Frequently Asked Questions

As part of the ban, all burning permits are suspended until further notice and no additional permits will be issued in the unincorporated areas of Kitsap County. 

This ban is needed due to dryer than normal conditions and the potential for fires to spread once ignited. According to Fire Marshal David Lynam, “June is always a dry month, but this year it is particularly dry, with the larger debris in the rural areas reaching moisture content the same as Kiln dried lumber.” 

The National Weather Service predicts Kitsap County residents can expect 1.5 inches of rainfall in June with the exact amount depending on location. Records indicate that the official rain gauge for June shows less than 10% of the typical June amount with temperatures slightly higher.

The burn ban is imposed due to fire conditions and is not the same as a stage one burn ban implemented by the Puget Sound Air Quality Agency, due to air quality issues. 

For additional information, please contact the Fire Marshal's Office (360) 337-5777 or your local Fire Department. 

Appraisers needed to hear appeals to assessed value of properties6/26/2019

Experienced appraisers or real estate professionals with a deep knowledge of appraisal practices are needed to serve on the Kitsap County Board of Equalization, an impartial group of citizens who make decisions on homeowner, commercial and personal property appeals to the assessed value of properties. Must be a resident of Kitsap County and meet above qualifications. Training provided. For more information, call (360) 337-4650 or email rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us . To learn more about the Board of Equalization, visit https://www.kitsapgov.com/BOC_p/Pages/BOE.aspx .

2019 Kitsap County Fireworks Information & Limitations6/26/2019

(Port Orchard, WA) - Due to the abnormally dry, high fire danger conditions, the Kitsap County Board of County Commissioners approved a ban on the sale and use of fireworks that can have unpredictable and hard to control travel paths. Click here to see the devices that are prohibited to use in Kitsap County. 

 

STAY SAFE AND ATTEND A LOCAL FIREWORKS SHOW!

The safest way to enjoy 4th of July fireworks is to attend one of the local shows, see the list of shows in Kitsap County here

 

TEST YOUR FIREWORKS KNOWLEDGE & ENTER TO WIN A GIFT CARD!

Let the local firefighters help you dish up your 4th of July BBQ! Click here to complete our short game for your chance to win one of two $50 Safeway gift cards. Must be a resident of Kitsap County to win.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

When am I allowed to set off fireworks?

You can set off fireworks on July 4, 2019 from 11:00 am – 11:00 pm in unincorporated Kitsap County.

What fireworks am I allowed to set off?

Parachutes, Smoke devices, Sparklers, Reloadable Mortars, Fountains & Cones. See flyer with pictures here.

What fireworks are not allowed to set off?

Fireworks that have an unpredictable path are banned: Roman Candles, Multi-tube (cake) Devices, Aerial Spinners, Multi-shot Shell Devices, Ground Spinners. See flyer with pictures here.

Do I have to set off my fireworks off over a body of water?

No, only permitted fireworks display shows using 1.3G Display fireworks, conducted by a licensed pyrotechnic operator  are required to have the fall out zone of the fireworks over a body of water.

Who do I call to report the illegal use of fireworks?

From June 28th – July 4th there will be a Fireworks Hotline posted. This number will be posted once the hotline is live on the Kitsap County Fireworks page

How do I dispose of my used fireworks?

  • Soak them in a bucket of water for at least 15 minutes

  • Wrap them in plastic

  • Put them in your garbage

The water will contain heavy metals, so it is recommended that you dump the leftover water on gravel or grass – not down a sink or storm drain where it can pollute groundwater, streams, or Puget Sound.

 

Kitsap County Department of Community Development

Fire Marshal's Office

(360) 337-5777 or Help@kitsap1.com

www.kitsapgov.com/dcd/Pages/Fireworks

Stormwater park inauguration in Silverdale6/18/2019

(Silverdale, WA) -  Kitsap County Public Works announces the opening of the new Whispering Firs Stormwater Park on Silverdale Way.  Silverdale's first stormwater park not only manages runoff from over 115 acres of development from the Ridgetop neighborhood, but also provides a peaceful destination for enjoyment and reflection.

This stunning new park captures runoff, removes pollutants, and manages storm flows through a series of ponds and treatment cells.  Inside the cells, special soils and native plants remove pollutants like oils, metals, and bacteria from runoff before sending it to holding ponds, which slowly release cleaner water downstream to Clear Creek.  This innovative project is the latest in a series of projects in the Clear Creek watershed designed to reduce flooding, improve water quality, and restore habitat around Clear Creek and Dyes Inlet.

The park is currently open for public use.  Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the many public amenities surrounding this facility. Walk the paths around the ponds and landscape features, with their concentric ripples reminiscent of the visual rhythms of water drops in a still pool.  Take in the view of the Olympics, picnic amongst the trees, or learn about the many ways this park is working to improve water quality in Puget Sound.

Kitsap County Public Works completed the project in June 2019 with an extensive native planting palette provided by the Kitsap Conservation District. The project was designed by N.L. Olson and Associates and Parametrix; and funded by Kitsap County Public Works – Stormwater in partnership with the Department of Ecology who provided $1.5 million in funding towards the $2.5 million project.

The Public Works Stormwater Division will host a special ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, June 27, at 1:00 PM.  Contact Kitsap1 at 360.337.5777 for more information.


Change of Value Notices Mailed6/14/2019

(Port Orchard, WA)  Kitsap County Assessor Phil Cook is advising residents that 106,808 change of value notices will be arriving to residential and commercial property taxpayers on/after June 17th.

Change of value notices are being sent to 106,808 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, 2018 and will be used when calculating property tax obligations payable in 2020.

Taxpayers can check their values and characteristics in the "Parcel Details" feature on the Assessor's website at www.kitsapgov.com/assessor.  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 value may contact the Assessor's Office at 360-337-7160 or email assessor@co.kitsap.wa.us.  Property owners who choose to appeal their value to the Board of Equalization must have their appeal postmarked by Friday, August 16, 2019.

Contact:  Phil Cook, Kitsap County Assessor
philcook@co.kitsap.wa.us, 360-337-7085

Central Kitsap Treatment Plant (CKTP) Celebrates Recent Upgrades6/11/2019

(Brownsville, WA) -  Kitsap County Public Works will host a special ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating recent upgrades at the Central Kitsap Treatment Plant on Wednesday, June 12, at 1:00 PM. The upgrades include new ultra-violet disinfection equipment to improve energy efficiency, and new dewatering centrifuges to provide redundancy in solids treatment.

Wastewater that leaves the treatment plant is disinfected with ultra-violet (UV) light before it is released into the Puget Sound. UV disinfection equipment that was installed at CKTP in 1997 was energy inefficient and maintenance was becoming an issue. The new UV system and computed energy savings qualify for $200K in grant funding from Puget Sound Energy after successful operation. The Department of Commerce provided $350K in grant funding to go towards the $3.8 million project.

Solids removed from the water go through a separate biological process to generate biosolids, which are then land applied in eastern Washington. A centrifuge is used to dewater the solids before they leave the plant. The $4.8 million in dewatering upgrades include two new centrifuges and replaces a single outdated centrifuge. The new equipment will improve efficiency and provide redundancy in solids handling.

Both projects were funded by Kitsap County, City of Poulsbo, and Naval Base Kitsap Keyport.

Central Kitsap Treatment Plant treats an average of 3.5 million gallons of wastewater per day and serves more than 50,000 people, including the City of Poulsbo, Keyport and Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. Public tours are available for Kitsap County residents interested in the wastewater treatment process. Contact Kitsap1 at 360.337.5777 for more information. 


Lisa Edge, Education and Outreach Coordinator Sewer Utility
360.337.5777 ext 3681 | ledge@co.kitsap.wa.us


Come to the Table: Help us plan what’s built in your neighborhood!6/11/2019

​(Port Orchard, WA)-  Do you want to see a coffee shop or grocery store in your neighborhood? What about a factory or tavern next door to your home? Some things are compatible, some are not. Kitsap County needs your help to streamline the requirements for what can be built in your neighborhood.

We want to hear from you – a survey is now available to give you a voice in the conversation!  To access the survey visit:  https://tinyurl.com/ComeToTheTableSurvey

Your input will be used to shape proposed changes to the Kitsap County Code that will be considered later this year by the Board of County Commissioners.

For questions, please contact the Department of Community Development at (360) 337-5777 or https://tinyurl.com/CometotheTable2019.

Public Works calls are a prank5/31/2019

Officials with Kitsap County Public Works are advising residents to hang up on calls claiming they are Public Works employees planning work in their yard. "We started receiving calls from residents around 1 yesterday afternoon," said Doug Bear, Public Communications Manager. 

Residents reported that the caller identified himself as Bob Doblina of Kitsap County Public Works and informed them of work planned on their property. Here's an example of the work the caller described:

  • We're going to be digging a 6ft hole in your yard on Monday. There was money left in a budget and someone needed to learn how to dig a hole
  • We'll be parking a truck in front of your business for 2 weeks to repair a pothole.
  • Your address on Clear creek Rd is being changed to Cannabis Way
  • We're installing a cell tower at the end of your driveway
  • We're going to be parking in front of a residence in Silverdale for 2 weeks for a pothole repair
  • We're going to be marking your yard tomorrow to dig 3 ft on Monday  
The caller is spoofing The Silverdale Chamber of Commerce phone number. The Chamber is working with their provider to resolve the issue. This type of spoof has happened with other public service providers in the past. 

Residents are advised to hang up on the caller. If you have questions about calls from Public Works, please call Kitsap1 at 360.337.5777 to verify the information.


Kitsap County takes first steps in possible transition from coroner to medical examiner5/30/2019

Kitsap County took the first steps in possibly transitioning from an elected coroner to an appointed medical examiner. County Commissioners approved a resolution May 29, creating job classifications for the hiring of a forensic pathologist and an autopsy technician.

Kitsap County Coroner Jeff Wallis, elected in 2018, has advocated for hiring an appointed medical examiner and possibly eliminating the elected coroner position. Rather than contracting out for forensic pathology services to perform autopsies, moving services inhouse should result in cost savings and provide more accountability over autopsies – examinations that determine causes of sudden, unexpected, violent, suspicious or unnatural deaths.

“The approval of this resolution not only moves us one step closer to the complete professionalization of this office, but it provides a cost savings that will allow us to fix numerous items in our facility that are either inoperable or outdated,” said Coroner Wallis. “Once hired, Kitsap County residents will have the benefit of a full-time doctor staffing this office to not only perform inhouse services for death investigation, but to also more closely work with our community partners in identifying, addressing, and planning for our community’s needs, as well as improving the training levels of our existing staff.”

The new job classifications were created to identify the skills, expertise and competencies staff will need to perform death investigations. Coroner Wallis also asked that the resolution to hire the two new positions, which is accommodated by the current budget, take effect immediately but on limited terms that will allow him time to evaluate whether the change is cost efficient and effective in the longer term.

Kitsap County would not only perform its own autopsies but could also contract with neighboring counties to perform the services, generating revenue to help cover staffing costs. The Kitsap County Coroner’s Office 2019 budget is just under $1.4 million with anticipated revenue of $60,000.

“Coroner Wallis gave Commissioners a compelling argument about why we should bring this resource inhouse instead of contracting it out and we are supporting him in getting these first steps in place that will allow us to better assess the costs and benefits of restructuring the Coroner’s Office,” noted Commissioner Ed Wolfe, chair of the County Commissioners.

The coroner is an elected official responsible for conducting death investigations and administrative oversight. He is supported by a staff of deputy coroners that are nationally certified medico-legal death investigators who assist in death scene investigations. The official also provides education on preventing deaths, working with organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Drivers and Survivors of Suicide.

The transition to a medical examiner from an elected coroner needs the approval of voters and County Commissioners and can only be implemented when the population exceeds 250,000. The population today is estimated to be over 268,000.

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