This online open house was last updated on August 21, 2018
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. 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.
Expand the headings below to learn more about each phase of this important process.
The first phase of the process, called the scoping phase, determines what amendments will be considered in 2018. The Board of County Commissioners do this through the adoption of a docket resolution for the annual Comprehensive Plan amendment process. The docket resolution describes what types of amendments will be considered. The Board of County Commissioners adopted the initial docket (Resolution No. 246-2017) on December 27, 2017.
What public comments were received and how were they considered?
A public comment period was open on the staff recommended docket resolution from November 27, 2017 through December 15, 2017. Oral and written public testimony was made during a public hearing on Monday, December 11, 2017. Written comments submitted in advance of the public hearing were due Sunday, December 10, 2017.
The Board of County Commissioners extended the public comment period through Friday, December 15, 2017. Written comments were accepted:
• Online via computer or mobile device
• By email
• By mail
• Dropped off at the Department of Community Development
View Public Comments with Staff Responses & Staff Recommendations
All public comments were reviewed by the Board of County Commissioners. Most comments were already covered by the original staff recommended docket resolution or were already covered by the existing Comprehensive Plan and therefore did not require further amendment to the Comprehensive Plan. Based on public comments, the Board of County Commissioners added a new item to the docket resolution to review affordable housing policies. The following are the issues raised in public comments that were not adopted into the docket resolution: • Site-specific applications to increase residential densities in rural areas
• Various issues related to the Hirst decision (water right from exempt wells)
The second phase of the process, called the development phase, is when most county-sponsored amendments (including alternatives, if appropriate) are developed. Since the docket resolution allows for the submittal of certain applications from interested parties, they were developed and submitted during this phase of the process.
Public participation in the development of county-sponsored amendments varied. Some county-sponsored amendments included specific public participation opportunities during this phase of the process. Some county-sponsored amendments were already developed through a separate public process and therefore did not have specific additional opportunities for public participation during this phase of the process. Public review of all proposed amendments will occur during the consideration phase later in this process.
Click the blue box above to learn more about how county-sponsored amendments in development were developed.
What is the purpose of a Comprehensive Plan amendment application?
Comprehensive Plan amendment applications provide an opportunity for interested parties to propose legislative changes to the content of the Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan, including the land use designation of property on the Land Use Map and corresponding changes to the zoning classification on the Zoning Map. The specific types of eligible applications for the 2018 process were determined during the scoping phase. All applications are reviewed against the decision criteria provided in Section 21.08.070 of the Kitsap County Code.
Site-specific amendment applications are for requesting an amendment to the Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan Land Use Map that affects no more than five contiguous parcels. A site-specific amendment only affects the Comprehensive Plan Land Use Map and the Kitsap County Zoning Map - it does not affect the text of the Comprehensive Plan or Kitsap County development regulations.
What site-specific amendment applications were submitted?
Applications for site-specific amendments were accepted from January 9, 2018 to February 6, 2018 for the following areas of consideration:
Changing the land use designation to Mineral Resource Overlay (MRO) on property outside urban growth areas.Changing the land use designation to Forest Resource Lands (FRL) on property outside urban growth areas.Changing the land use designation on property within an Urban Growth Area for the purpose of infill and redevelopment.
Click the blue box above to learn more about the site-specific amendments that were submitted.
What amendments will continue into the next phase?
The Board of County Commissioners reviewed the status of the Comprehensive Plan amendments on March 28, 2018 and April 4, 2018 and adopted the final docket of amendments (Resolution No. 064-2018) that will continue forward in the annual Comprehensive Plan amendment process for 2018. One County-sponsored amendment was added. No amendments were removed.
The third phase of the process, called the analysis phase, is when staff analyze the Comprehensive Plan amendments through the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review process and the preparation of staff reports. SEPA review evaluates the probable environmental impacts of each amendment. Staff reports analyze amendments for consistency with state law, the Comprehensive Plan, and the decision criteria in Kitsap County Code Chapter 21.08. Staff reports include recommendations for approval, approval with revisions, approval with conditions, deferral to a subsequent year, or denial.
Proposed Amendment Documents
The fourth phase of the process, called the consideration phase, is when the Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners review, and if needed, make revisions to the proposed amendments. The public will have at least 30-days to review and comment on the proposed amendments, during which staff will host open houses and the Planning Commission will hold public hearings.
Public comments on the proposed amendments is encouraged.Learn more about the documents available for your consideration and how to submit written comments.Find an open house in your area where you can talk with staff about the amendments.Find a public hearing where you can provide oral or written testimony to the Planning Commission.Written comments were accepted through 8/7/2018.
The Planning Commission will review the proposed amendments and public comments, adopt findings of fact, and make a recommendation on each proposed amendment to the Department of Community Development.
The Department will then forward the Planning Commission's recommendation along with any further staff recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners. The Board of County Commissioners will then review the proposed amendments, recommendations, and additional public comments, hold an additional public hearing, and decide to adopt, adopt with revisions, adopt with conditions, defer to a subsequent year, or deny each proposed amendment.
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