This page was last updated on January 4, 2019


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 2019.

Expand the headings below to learn more about each phase of this important process.

   SCOPING PHASE (November - December 2018)

​The first phase of the process, called the scoping phase, determines what amendments will be considered in 2019.  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 amendments will be considered and the schedule for the process.  The Board of County Commissioners adopted the initial docket (Resolution No. 227-2018) on December 19, 2018. The Board may revise the docket in March or April during the Development Phase.

What public comments were received and how were they considered?

A public comment period was open on the staff recommended initial docket from November 30, 2018 to December 11, 2018. Oral and written public testimony was received during a public hearing on Monday, December 10, 2018.

All public comments were reviewed by the Board of County Commissioners.  Based on public comments, the Board of County Commissioners added a new item to the docket resolution regarding a possible amendment related to the Manchester area.  The following are the issues raised in public comments that were not adopted into the docket resolution:

  • Site-specific map amendment applications to increase residential densities in rural areas
  • Site-specific map amendment applications to change land use and zoning designations in Urban Growth Areas for infill and redevelopment

    DEVELOPMENT PHASE (January - April 2019)

​ The second phase of the process, called the development phase, is when most county-sponsored amendments (including alternatives, if appropriate) are developed.  If the docket allows for the submittal of applications, they will be developed during this phase of the process.

What county-sponsored amendments are in development and how can I participate?

The County will be developing the following amendments.:

  • Clarifying Edits

  • Public Facility Map Amendments (e.g. utility and park lands)

  • Fircrest & Mile Hill Neighborhood Map Amendment - located in the Port Orchard UGA

  • Comprehensive Plan and Kitsap County Code Amendment Process

  • Remove the Mineral Resource Overlay (MRO) from parcels that do not meet designation criteria

  • 20-year Capital Facilities Plan (Parks & Recreation, Law Enforcement, South Kitsap Schools)

Public participation in county-sponsored amendments will vary.  Most county-sponsored amendments will include specific public participation opportunities during this phase of the process.  Some county-sponsored amendments may have already been developed through a separate public process and therefore won't have additional public participation opportunities during this phase, but there will always be public participation opportunities regarding all proposed amendments during the consideration phase later in this process. 

Visit our Participation Opportunities page or contact staff to learn more about how your can participate.

What types of applications can be submitted?

Comprehensive Plan amendment applications are how interested parties can 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 applications that will be accepted are determined during the earlier scoping phase.  All applications are reviewed against the decision criteria provided in Section 21.08.070 of the Kitsap County Code

The following previously deferred site-specific map amendment application will be consideration in 2019:

  • #18-00495 (Ace Paving Co; Port Orchard Sand & Gravel Co) – located in the Dickey Rd area in the Silverdale UGA

New applications will only be accepted for the following in 2019:

  • Site-specific map amendments removing the Mineral Resource Overlay (MRO) from parcels with closed mines

How can I submit an application?

Applications will be accepted during a short application period (8 AM on January 7, 2019 through 4 PM on February 8, 2019).  Applicants for site-specific map amendments are required to participate in a 30-minute staff consultation meeting prior to submitting their application.


What happens after I submit an application?

Applications will be reviewed to determine if they are complete and meet any criteria stipulated in the initial docket and resolution.  If an application is found to be incomplete, applicants are given an opportunity to submit a corrected application.  Upon completion, the Board of County Commissioners are briefed on the status of all Comprehensive Plan amendments and may choose to make changes to the docket.  (Note: Since the Comprehensive Plan amendment process is legislative, the Board of County Commissioners have full discretion over the scope of the process – they may allow all proposed amendments to proceed through the rest of the process or adopt a revised and final docket resolution that could remove some proposed amendments from further consideration.)

   ANALYSIS PHASE (March - June 2019)

​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 as well as the cumulative effects of all the amendments.  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 the Department’s recommendation to adopt, adopt with revisions, adopt with conditions, defer to a subsequent year, or deny amendments. Staff reports and SEPA analysis may be updated, as needed, during the consideration phase.

    CONSIDERATION PHASE (June – December 2019)

The fourth phase of the process, called the consideration phase, is when the public, Planning Commission, and Board of County Commissioners review the proposed amendments.  The Planning Commission reviews the proposed amendments and public comments, holds a public hearing, adopts findings, and makes a recommendation on each proposed amendment to the Department of Community Development.  The Department then forwards the Planning Commission's findings and recommendation along with any further staff recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners.  The Board of County Commissioners similarly reviews the proposed amendments, recommendations, and public comments, and holds a public hearing.  Likely in December 2019, the Board of County Commissioner will decide to adopt, adopt with revisions, adopt with conditions, defer to a subsequent year, or deny each proposed amendment.


Department of Community Development

Planning and Environmental Programs

Peter Best, Senior Planner

(360) 337-5777 (Kitsap 1)


Mailing Address

614 Division Street - MS36
Port Orchard, WA 98366

Office Location 

619 Division Street
Port Orchard, Washington