The Department of Community Development is conducting a periodic review of the County's Critical Areas Ordinance, Kitsap County Code (KCC) Title 19, as required by RCW 36.70A.130. The Critical Areas Ordinance, KCC Title 19, was last reviewed and updated in 2017. Critical Areas Ordinances must be evaluated and, if needed, revised every ten years per the schedule provided in RCW 36.70A.130. The Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) will be reviewed and updated to ensure compliance with state mandates, maintain consistency with local regulations and the Comprehensive Plan, and provide predictability and clarifications.
The Growth Management Act (GMA) requires all cities and counties in Washington to adopt regulations protecting "critical areas in order to preserve the natural environment, wildlife habitats, and sources of fresh drinking water". Critical areas regulation ensures public safety by limiting development in areas prone to natural hazards like floods and landslides. The Critical Areas Ordinance will be updated with the 2024 Comprehensive Plan Update, with adoption planned for June 2024.
July 18, 2023
Planning Commission Briefing & Work Session: Best Available Science & Project Scope
July 20, 2023
Working Group Meetings begin
Community Consultation meetings with community groups as needed/requested
Project presentations to County Community Advisory Committees
Aug. - Mar. 2024
Updates to BoCC & Planning Commission as needed (TBD)
Aug. - Mar. 2024
County Staff preparing draft code amendments
Draft amendments available
March - April 2024
Public comment period
Planning Commission hearing(s)
BoCC Work Study & Planning Commission Findings of Fact/Decision
Board of County Commissioners Hearing(s)
June 30, 2024
The CAO Update Working Groups are advisory groups only. Groups assembled to review, comment on, and make TECHNICAL recommendations related to the Critical Areas Ordinance. All recommendations developed through the Working Group will be presented to the Department of Community Development, the Kitsap County Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners, as the County works to draft an update to the CAO.
The five critical areas under review are wetlands, fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas, frequently flooded areas, geologically hazardous areas, and critical aquifer recharge areas. There are five working groups comprised of standing members and technical experts for each critical area. Standing members are representatives from local Tribes and community organizations with expertise in planning and critical areas. Technical experts are technical staff from appropriate state agencies with training and expertise in the critical area topic being discussed.
Each meeting will be virtual via Zoom and open to the public, however, public comment will not be taken during the meetings. Comments and questions regarding the working groups and/or the CAO update should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written summaries for previous working group meetings are provided in the table below. Details and access links for upcoming meetings will be available in the table below as dates are confirmed.
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Send us an email at
email@example.com to let us know what you think or contact project staff.
Attend a meeting, listed on the right, when there are scheduled upcoming public events.
If you would like the CAO Update team to give a presentation to your community, please reach out to
More opportunities to participate will be added throughout the process.
Working Groups Guidelines & Schedule
Best Available Science Summary
Consistency and Gap Analysis
Public Participation Plan
Frequently Flooded Areas Tech Memo
Kitsap County Climate Change Resiliency Assessment
Development on Environmentally Sensitive Lands
Critical Areas Ordinance (KCC Title 19)
Critical Areas: Definitions and Best Practices
Critical Area Buffer Reductions
Critical Area Protection & Monitoring
Comprehensive Plan Update
Department of Community Development
Planning and Environmental Programs
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