When you want to divide your land, the first things to explore are the Zoning Designation and its Density/Dimensions requirements, and the size of your property.
The Zoning Designation and associated Density/Dimensions requirements will tell you the number of lots per acre you may create through the land division. See the Density Dimensions table for more information.
Next, you need to determine the correct type of land
division, appropriate to your Zoning Designation and the size of the property. There
are several different types of land division. Here’s how to determine the
Subdivisions – where the land is inside an Urban Growth Area,
this is a division into ten or more lots; where the land is outside an Urban
Growth Area, this is a division into five or more lots. For more information about Subdivisions see Kitsap County Code 16.40.
Short Subdivisions – where the land is inside an Urban
Growth Area, this is a division into nine or fewer lots; where the land is
outside an Urban Growth Area, this is a division into four or fewer lots. For more information about Short Subdivisions see Kitsap County Code 16.48.
Large Lot Subdivisions – this type of division can only
occur on land outside an Urban Growth Area, where each lot created is five
acres or larger. NOTE: if all lots
created are 20 acres or larger, the land division is exempt from the land
division Code. For more information about Large Lot Subdivisions see Kitsap County Code 16.52.
Binding Site Plans – this is an alternative method of land
division, typically used for commercial land divisions. This type of land
division provides for specific limitations and conditions for the use of the
land and, as the name suggests, “binds” the lot owners to provisions that bring
the development into conformity with the site plan. For more information about Binding Site Plans see Kitsap County Code 16.56.
Subdivisions, Short Subdivisions and Large Lot Subdivisions
are each a two-part process: Preliminary
Land Division, where the Department reviews the application materials and
establishes preliminary conditions of approval.
These conditions may include such things as the developer providing
adequate vehicular access and parking, pedestrian access, multi-modal access (i.e.: bicycle
paths), recreational facilities, and open space areas, as well as conditions to
protect environmentally sensitive areas.
Once the Preliminary Land Division is approved, the next step (after finishing the site improvements, but before building development) is the
Final Land Division application, where the Department reviews the application
materials to determine that the preliminary conditions of approval have been
met, and that the map is in proper form to record. Recording the map is the action that creates
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