Here is a quick reference guide to your zone. This information is a summary of your zone’s purpose, allowed uses, density, dimensions, and setbacks.
This information summarizes Kitsap County Code and is subject to change. For full information about your zone, please see the
Official Kitsap County Code.
In all permit-related decisions, the
Official Kitsap County Code governs.
This zone is intended to provide for integrated grouping of medium to large size businesses within an attractive park-like setting. The business center (BC) zone allows flexibility in the amount of space within each business dedicated to office use, warehousing, and/or light manufacturing operations. Permitted businesses are intended to support the creation, development and retention of primary wage employment in the professional and technical fields, and not intended for the general retail commercial needs of the area
A. Site Landscaping and Design Plan. As a component of permit and/or land use review, development within this zone shall be subject to review and approval by the director of a site landscape and design plan based on conformance with Chapter 17.420, any design standards associated with this zone and/or design standards associated with a particular subarea, whichever is most restrictive. In addition to these requirements, the following shall apply:
1. All required landscaping shall be installed prior to occupancy.
2. Required rear and side yard setback areas abutting a residential zone shall provide and maintain a dense evergreen screening buffer which attains a mature height of at least eleven feet, or other screening measure as approved by the director.
3. Required setback areas adjacent to streets and those abutting a residential zone shall be continuously maintained in plantings, with such live ground cover and trees or shrubs established and maintained in a manner providing a park-like character to the property.
4. Areas which are to be maintained in their natural setting shall be so designated on a landscape plan, and subject to the review and approval of the director.
5. All mechanical, heating, and ventilating equipment shall be visually screened whether on grade or building mounted.
6. Fences, walls and hedges will be allowed inside of a boundary planting screen where it is necessary to protect property of the industry or business concerned; or to protect the public from a dangerous condition. Fences may not be located in or adjacent to a required yard adjacent to a public right-of-way.
B. Performance Standards. No land or structure shall be used or occupied within this zone unless there is compliance with the following minimum performance standards:
1. Maximum permissible noise levels shall be in compliance with the Kitsap County noise ordinance.
2. Vibration, other than that caused by highway vehicles, trains, and aircraft, which is discernible without instruments at the property line of the use concerned is prohibited.
3. Smoke and Particulate Matter. Air emissions must meet standards approved by the Puget Sound Air Pollution Control Authority.
4. Odors. The emission of noxious gases or matter in such quantities as to be readily detectable at any point beyond the property line of the use causing such odors is prohibited.
5. Heat and Glare. Except for exterior lighting, operations producing heat and glare shall be conducted within an enclosed building. Exterior lighting shall be designed to shield surrounding streets and land uses from nuisance and glare.
C. Administration. As a condition for the granting of a building permit and/or site plan approval, at the request of the director, information sufficient to determine the degree of compliance with the standards in this title shall be furnished by the applicant. Such request may include continuous records of operation, for periodic checks to assure maintenance of standards or for special surveys. Maximum permissible noise levels shall be in compliance with the Kitsap County noise ordinance.
The following letters and symbols have the following meanings when they appear in the box at the intersection of the column and the row.
Accessory dwelling unit, attached
17.415.010 Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) located in an Urban Growth Area
17.415.015 Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) located outside an Urban Growth Area.
17.110.740 Veterinary clinic
17.110.763 Wildlife shelter
1. The use is subject to special provisions in Chapter 17.415 ‘Special provisions’ that may change to the level of permit review indicated above. All applicable requirements shall govern a use whether specifically identified in this chapter or not.
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Department of Community Development
Planning and Environmental Programs
(360) 337-5777 (Kitsap 1)
614 Division Street - MS36Port Orchard, WA 98366
619 Division StreetPort Orchard, Washington
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