Kitsap County's Comprehensive Plan includes a 20-year blueprint for local policies, planning and capital facility investment and it is required by Washington State's Growth Management Act (GMA) to be updated periodically.
This is an opportunity to revise population and employment growth targets with the most up to date data; review existing goals, policies, and regulations; write new policies that reflect the priorities of communities in unincorporated Kitsap County; and confirm that all federal, state, and local requirements are met.
The next update of the County's Comprehensive Plan is due by December of 2024. The 2024 Comprehensive Plan Update will plan for the next 20 years of population and employment growth through the year 2044.
is a high-level timeline of the remaining steps leading to the final
adoption of the Comprehensive Plan documents. While December 2024 is the final
deadline, we hope to adopt earlier to avoid the holiday season. Steps with the expansive public process are in blue, while internal staff work is in green. Please see our Comprehensive Plan Update Overview document HERE for more information.
Each Element of the Comprehensive Plan is available in an interactive format known as a story map. Staff welcomes your feedback on the existing Goals and Policies as they prepare updated drafts. County contact information and a comment/suggestion box are at the bottom of each story map.
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More opportunities to participate will be added throughout the process.
Virtual Workshops to Discuss Plan Elements on August 30 and September 14 08/17/2023
Commissioners hold public hearing April 10 on Comprehensive Plan Draft Alternatives 4/6/2023
Public hearing on draft alternatives delayed until April 10 3/3/2023
Public Open House Meeting Reminder 2/21/2023
Preliminary Land-Use Map Alternatives Released 2/3/2023
Comprehensive Plan Open House 11/10/2022
Series of Virtual Meetings for Comprehensive Plan Update 09/08/2022
Extension of deadline for Comprehensive Plan Update requests 08/05/2022
Comprehensive Plan Kick-Off 08/04/2022
(Reminder) Kitsap County accepting reclassification requests 07/06/2022
Kitsap County accepting reclassification requests for the Comprehensive Plan Update 05/27/2022
Learn about the Comprehensive Plan Update at the Manchester Community Meeting 04/26/2022
The Comprehensive Plan will be the 20-year blueprint for local policy, planning, and capital facility investment through the year 2044. This plan is used as a guide for local governments through the establishment of vision statements, goals, objectives, policies, and implementing actions. This framework is intended to guide the day-to-day decisions of elected officials and local government staff.
The State's Growth Management Act (GMA) requires that Counties and Cities update their Comprehensive Plan every 10 years. The Comprehensive Plan is also revised on an annual basis.
Every community needs a vision. Historically, growth in Washington State has led to issues of urban sprawl, loss of farmland, natural resource degradation, and uncoordinated capital facilities. In 1990, the Growth Management Act was passed, which required us to plan for the future. The Plan will guide where housing and business growth should occur, how that growth is served by transportation and other infrastructure, and how we can enhance the natural environment and community character.
County Staff will engage with the community to develop a vision based on community goals and state and regional requirements. A draft plan will be developed, and public meetings will be held to collect public comments. The Planning Commission will recommend to staff, who will forward a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners, who approve the final plan.
A Comprehensive Plan has mandatory and optional elements. Each element has its own goals and policies. Mandatory elements are:
Land Use HousingCapital Facilities PlanUtilitiesEconomic DevelopmentParks and RecreationRural Lands Transportation
In addition, Kitsap County will have various Subarea Plans within the Comprehensive Plan, which focus in more detail on the specific areas of Kingston, Silverdale, Suquamish, and Manchester.
The Kitsap Comprehensive Plan assigns land use and zoning designations for every parcel within unincorporated Kitsap County. Land use designations provide sideboards on the use of land, whether for residential, commercial, industrial, recreational, or institutional purposes.
The County must maintain a certain amount of residential and commercial growth capacity in certain areas of the County. The County-Wide Planning Policies (CPPs) provide growth targets for different areas of the County, and the Comprehensive Plan must be consistent with these goals.
Starting in June 2022, anyone may initiate a request for a land use reclassification. See more information on the process here. All requests will be reviewed holistically by the Board of County Commissioners and evaluated on their consistency with the final Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan goals and policies. Those requests that move forward will be included in the preliminary alternatives in 2023 for Environmental Review.
An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will evaluate three different growth alternatives. The EIS will include an analysis of potential impacts associated with amendments, and the public is given an opportunity to comment on the EIS. Ultimately, a "preferred alternative" will be selected to move forward through the public process.
No, the Comprehensive Plan is a framework for what land uses are allowed where. A zoning code regulates development, such as rules about height, density, and setbacks. Per State Law, a zoning code must be consistent with the Comprehensive Plan, and the zoning code and other development regulations will be updated as part of this process in order to implement the Comprehensive Plan. Other development codes need to stay consistent as well, such as the Critical Areas Ordinance (Title 19), Shoreline Master Program (Title 22), and Subdivision Regulations (Title 16).
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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