Greenbelt Zone

​Quick Reference Guide

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. The tables below do not include prohibited uses. 

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.

​​   Purpose

​The greenbelt zone is applied to those areas which have identified parcels constrained by critical areas of fifty percent or greater and are within Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) certified wildlife corridors. Development would be limited to a density range of one to four dwelling units per acre. Actual densities allowed will be determined at the time of land use application, following an analysis of the site and review of potential impacts to the critical areas.
(Ord. 534 (2016) § 7(5) (App. E) (part), 2016)

Classification of zones​

​Comprehensive Plan Land Use Designation

​​Zone Classification

​Map Symbol

​​Minimum Density

​​​Maximum Density

​Urban Low-Density Residential​​Greenbelt​GB​1 dwelling unit/acre
​4 dwelling units/acre


Allowed Uses and Density and Dimensions Table

Please note that the tables below only include what is allowed in the corresponding zone and does not include prohibited uses.

Use Table - Permitted Use (P) = This table shows allowed uses that are permitted within the zone with the appropriate permit from the Department of Community Development (DCD). Click here to explore DCD project/permit types.

Use Table - Administrative Conditional Use Permit (ACUP) = This table shows the allowed uses that are permitted within this zone, but will require an Administrative Conditional Use Permit (ACUP).

Use Table - Hearing Examiner Conditional Use Permit (C) =  This table shows the allowed uses that are permitted within this zone, but you will be required to apply for an Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to establish conditions to protect public health, safety and welfare and subject to approval by the hearing examiner.

   Footnotes

(60) All development in Illahee shall be consistent with the Illahee Community Plan

(101) Transitory accommodations allowed only pursuant to Chapter 17.505.

Allowed primary agricultural uses and accessory agricultural uses or agritourism are defined by the Agricultural Code

    Use Table - Permitted (P)

RESIDENTIAL USES

​Footnotes for zoning use table:

​Accessory dwelling unit
​(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses
​Accessory living quarters
​(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses
​Accessory use or structure
​(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses
(18) One piece of heavy equipment may be stored in any single-family zone; provided, that it is either enclosed within a permitted structure, or screened to the satisfaction of the director.
(51) Storage of shipping containers is prohibited unless allowed as part of a land use permit and/or approval. Placement of storage containers allowed only with an approved temporary permit subject to the provisions of Section 17.105.090(I)
​Dwelling, duplex
​Dwelling, existing
​Dwelling, single-family attached
​Dwelling, single-family detached
(includes manufactured homes)
​(43) Where a family member is in need of special, frequent and routine care and assistance by reason of advanced age or ill health, a manufactured home or mobile home may be placed upon the same lot as a single-family dwelling for occupancy by the individual requiring or providing such special care subject to the following limitations:
a. Not more than two individuals shall be the recipients of special care;
b. No rent, fee, payment or charge in lieu thereof may be made for use of the single-family dwelling or manufactured/mobile home as between the recipients or providers of special care;
c. The manufactured/mobile home must meet the setback requirements of the zone in which it is situated;
d. A permit must be obtained from the director authorizing such special care manufactured/mobile home. Such permit shall remain in effect for one year and may, upon application, be extended for one-year periods, pro- vided there has been compliance with the requirements of this section;
e. The manufactured/mobile home must be removed when the need for special care ceases; and
f. Placement of the manufactured/mobile home is subject to applicable health district standards for water service and sewage disposal.
​Guest house
​(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses
​Home business
(1)Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses
(53) Commercial or industrial uses otherwise prohibited in the zone may be allowed as a component of a home business subject to the requirements of Section 17.410.060(B)

COMMERCIAL/BUSINESS USES

​Footnotes for zoning use table:

​Accessory use or structure
​​(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses
(51) Storage of shipping containers is prohibited unless allowed as part of a land use permit and/or approval. Placement of storage containers allowed only with an approved temporary permit subject to the provisions of Section 17.105.090(I)
​Kennels, hobby
​Temporary offices and model homes
​(27) Subject to the temporary permit provisions of Chapter 17.105

​RECREATIONAL/CULTURAL USES

​​Footnotes for zoning use table:

​Accessory use or structure
​​​(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses
(51) Storage of shipping containers is prohibited unless allowed as part of a land use permit and/or approval. Placement of storage containers allowed only with an approved temporary permit subject to the provisions of Section 17.105.090(I)
​Parks and open space
​Recreational facilities, public

INSTITUTIONAL USES

​Footnotes for zoning use table:

​​Accessory use or structure
(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses
(51) Storage of shipping containers is prohibited unless allowed as part of a land use permit and/or approval. Placement of storage containers allowed only with an approved temporary permit subject to the provisions of Section 17.105.090(I)

​INDUSTRIAL USES

​Accessory use or structure
​​​(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses
(51) Storage of shipping containers is prohibited unless allowed as part of a land use permit and/or approval. Placement of storage containers allowed only with an approved temporary permit subject to the provisions of Section 17.105.090(I)

RESOURCE LAND USES

​Accessory use or structure
​​​(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses
(51) Storage of shipping containers is prohibited unless allowed as part of a land use permit and/or approval. Placement of storage containers allowed only with an approved temporary permit subject to the provisions of Section 17.105.090(I)
​Forestry

    Use Table - Administrative Conditional Use Permit (ACUP)

RESIDENTIAL USES

​Bed and breakfast house or vacation rental
​(34) Bed and breakfast houses or vacation rentals with one to four rooms require an administrative conditional use permit; bed and breakfast houses with five or more rooms require a hearing examiner conditional use permit. Bed and breakfast houses serving meals to patrons other than overnight guests require a hearing examiner conditional use permit.
​Boarding house
​(98) Number of individual boarding rooms may not exceed the maximum density for the zone or six boarding rooms, whichever is greater.

(102) Boarding houses must have health district approval prior to occupancy.
​Residential care facility

​INSTITUTIONAL USES

​Footnotes for zoning use table:

​Governmental/public structures

Use Table - Hearing Examiner Conditional Use Permit (C)

RESIDENTIAL USES

​Bed and breakfast house or vacation rental
​(34) Bed and breakfast houses or vacation rentals with one to four rooms require an administrative conditional use permit; bed and breakfast houses with five or more rooms require a hearing examiner conditional use permit. Bed and breakfast houses serving meals to patrons other than overnight guests require a hearing examiner conditional use permit.
​Dwelling, multifamily

​Mobile homes
​(24) Mobile homes are prohibited, except in approved mobile home parks

​(43) Where a family member is in need of special, frequent and routine care and assistance by reason of advanced age or ill health, a manufactured home or mobile home may be placed upon the same lot as a single-family dwelling for occupancy by the individual requiring or providing such special care subject to the following limitations:
 a. Not more than two individuals shall be the recipients of special care;
b. No rent, fee, payment or charge in lieu thereof may be made for use of the single-family dwelling or manufactured/mobile home as between the recipients or providers of special care;
c. The manufactured/mobile home must meet the setback requirements of the zone in which it is situated;
d. A permit must be obtained from the director authorizing such special care manufactured/mobile home. Such permit shall remain in effect for one year and may, upon application, be extended for one-year periods, pro- vided there has been compliance with the requirements of this section;
e. The manufactured/mobile home must be removed when the need for special care ceases; and
f. Placement of the manufactured/mobile home is subject to applicable health district standards for water service and sewage disposal.

COMMERCIAL/BUSINESS USES

​Footnotes for zoning use table:

​Day-care center
​(14) In those zones that prohibit residential uses, family day-care centers are only allowed in existing residential structures. Day-care centers shall have a minimum site size of ten thou- sand square feet and shall provide and thereafter maintain outdoor play areas with a minimum area of seventy-five square feet per child of total capacity. A sight-obscuring fence of at least four feet in height shall be provided, separating the play area from abutting lots. Adequate off-street parking and loading space shall be provided.
​Day-care center, family
​​(14) In those zones that prohibit residential uses, family day-care centers are only allowed in existing residential structures. Day-care centers shall have a minimum site size of ten thou- sand square feet and shall provide and thereafter maintain outdoor play areas with a minimum area of seventy-five square feet per child of total capacity. A sight-obscuring fence of at least four feet in height shall be provided, separating the play area from abutting lots. Adequate off-street parking and loading space shall be provided.

 

   Density, Dimensions and Design

Standard

Density and Dimensions table

Footnotes for tables:
(33)​ ​Except for the height and density requirements reflected in Section 17.420.058, Silverdale regional center and design district density and dimension table, all development within the Silverdale design district boundaries must be consistent with the Silverdale Design Standards.
​Minimum density (du/acre)​1
​(3) Properties within the urban restricted (UR) zone and greenbelt (GB) may  subdivide at densities below the minimum required for the zone under the following circumstances:
a. The reduced density provides a greater protection for critical areas or environmentally sensitive areas; and
b. The intent of the short subdivision or subdivision is to keep the property in the own- ership of the immediate family members.

(18) The minimum and maximum densities within the range are based upon the net acreage of the property(ies) after the removal of critical areas. In determining a development proposal's actual density within the range, the features of the subject parcel including on-site or adjacent wetlands, streams or steep slopes shall be considered first.

(57) Mixed use projects are not required to meet the minimum density requirements.
​Maximum density (du/acre)​4
(18) The minimum and maximum densities within the range are based upon the net acreage of the property(ies) after the removal of critical areas. In determining a development proposal's actual density within the range, the features of the subject parcel including on-site or adjacent wetlands, streams or steep slopes shall be considered first.
​Minimum lot size​5,800 s.f.
​Maximum lot size​NA
​Minimum lot width (feet)​60
​Minimum lot depth (feet)​60
​Maximum height (feet)​35
​(40) Height limitations set forth elsewhere
in this title shall not apply to the following:
barns, silos, or other farm buildings and structures, provided they are not less than fifty feet from every lot line; chimneys, spires on places of worship, belfries, cupolas, domes, smokestacks, flagpoles, grain elevators, cooling towers, solar energy systems, monuments, fire house towers, masts, aerials, elevator shafts, and other similar projections; and outdoor theater screens, provided said screens contain no advertising matter other than the name of the theater. The proponent seeking exception to the height limitation shall certify that the object being considered under this provision will not shade an existing solar energy system which, by the determination of the director, contributes substantially to the space- or water-heating requirements of a building.

(50) New or remodeled structures within the Illahee view protectin overlay zone may not exceed twenty-eight feet. Kitsap County will not enforce vegetation height standards.
​Maximum impervious surface coverage​40%
​Maximum lot coverage​40%
​Setbacks
​(34) Development abutting a street for which a standard has been established by the Kitsap County arterial plan shall provide a special setback from the centerline of said street or a distance adequate to accommodate one-half of the right-of-way standard established by the arterial plans for the street. The building setback required by the underlying zone shall be in addition to the special setback and shall be measured from the edge of the special setback line. The special setback area shall be treated as additional required yard area and reserved for future street widening purposes.


(48) Shoreline properties are subject to Title 22 and may have additional buffers and setbacks requirements not listed in the density and dimension tables. Properties constrained by critical areas are subject to Title 19 and may have additional buffers and setbacks requirements not listed in the density and dimension tables. Cornices, canopies, eaves, belt courses, sills, bay windows, fireplaces or other similar cantilevered features may extend up to twenty-four inches into any required yard area. In no case shall a habitable area be considered for encroachment into a required yard through any land use process. Additionally, fire escapes, open/uncovered porches, balconies, landing places or outside stairways may extend up to twenty-four inches into any required side or rear yards. Open/uncovered porches, balconies, landing places, or outside stairways shall not extend more than six feet into any required front yard and shall be a minimum of five feet from the front property line.
​Minimum front (feet)​20
​(29) One-hundred-foot setback required for single-family buildings abutting FRL or RW zones. 

(41) The following exceptions apply
to front yard requirements for dwellings:
a. If there are dwellings on both abutting lots with front yards less than the required depth for the zone, the front yard for the lot need not exceed the average front yard of the abutting dwellings.
b. If there is a dwelling on one abutting lot with a front yard less than the required depth for the zone, the front yard need not exceed a depth of halfway between the depth of the front yard on the abutting lot and the required front yard depth.
c. If a modification to the front yard requirement is necessary in order to site dwellings in a manner that maximizes solar access, the director may modify the requirement.
d. On lots with multiple front yards, the front yard setback(s) in which the lot does not receive access may be modified by the director. Based upon topography, critical areas or other site constraints, the director may reduce these front yard setbacks to a minimum of twenty feet for properties requiring fifty feet and ten feet for properties requiring twenty feet. The director may not modify front yard setbacks from county arterials or collectors. Such  reductions shall not have an adverse impact to surrounding properties.

(42) The following exceptions apply to historic lots:
a. Building setback lines that do not meet the requirements of this title but were legally established prior to the adoption of this title shall be considered the building line for alterations, remodels, and accessory structures on the lot or parcel; providing, that no structure or portion of such addition may further project beyond the established building line.
b. Any single-family residential lot of record as defined in Chapter 17.110 that has a smaller width or lot depth than that required by this title, or is less than one acre, may use that residential zoning classification that most closely corresponds to the dimension or dimensions of the lot of record, for the purpose of establishing setbacks from the property lines.

(43) Any structure otherwise permitted under this section may be placed on a lot or parcel within a required yard area if the director finds that such a location is necessary because existing sewer systems or roadways make compliance with the yard area requirements of this title impossible without substantial changes to the site.

(46) A front porch and associated steps shall meet a minimum five-foot setback from the front property line and the following requirements:
a.    Porches shall be at least forty percent open on each of two sides.
b.    Porches shall be a minimum of four feet by six feet.
​Maximum front (feet)​NA
​(41) The following exceptions apply
to front yard requirements for dwellings:
a. If there are dwellings on both abutting lots with front yards less than the required depth for the zone, the front yard for the lot need not exceed the average front yard of the abutting dwellings.
b. If there is a dwelling on one abutting lot with a front yard less than the required depth for the zone, the front yard need not exceed a depth of halfway between the depth of the front yard on the abutting lot and the required front yard depth.
c. If a modification to the front yard requirement is necessary in order to site dwellings in a manner that maximizes solar access, the director may modify the requirement.
d. On lots with multiple front yards, the front yard setback(s) in which the lot does not receive access may be modified by the director. Based upon topography, critical areas or other site constraints, the director may reduce these front yard setbacks to a minimum of twenty feet for properties requiring fifty feet and ten feet for properties requiring twenty feet. The director may not modify front yard setbacks from county arterials or collectors. Such  reductions shall not have an adverse impact to surrounding properties.

(42) The following exceptions apply to historic lots:
a. Building setback lines that do not meet the requirements of this title but were legally established prior to the adoption of this title shall be considered the building line for alterations, remodels, and accessory structures on the lot or parcel; providing, that no structure or portion of such addition may further project beyond the established building line.
b. Any single-family residential lot of record as defined in Chapter 17.110 that has a smaller width or lot depth than that required by this title, or is less than one acre, may use that residential zoning classification that most closely corresponds to the dimension or dimensions of the lot of record, for the purpose of establishing setbacks from the property lines.

(43) Any structure otherwise permitted under this section may be placed on a lot or parcel within a required yard area if the director finds that such a location is necessary because existing sewer systems or roadways make compliance with the yard area requirements of this title impossible without substantial changes to the site.
​Side (feet)​5
​​(29) One-hundred-foot setback required for single-family buildings abutting FRL or RW zones.
 
(42) The following exceptions apply to historic lots:
a. Building setback lines that do not meet the requirements of this title but were legally established prior to the adoption of this title shall be considered the building line for alterations, remodels, and accessory structures on the lot or parcel; providing, that no structure or portion of such addition may further project beyond the established building line.
b. Any single-family residential lot of record as defined in Chapter 17.110 that has a smaller width or lot depth than that required by this title, or is less than one acre, may use that residential zoning classification that most closely corresponds to the dimension or dimensions of the lot of record, for the purpose of establishing setbacks from the property lines.

(43) Any structure otherwise permitted under this section may be placed on a lot or parcel within a required yard area if the director finds that such a location is necessary because existing sewer systems or roadways make compliance with the yard area requirements of this title impossible without substantial changes to the site.
​Rear (feet)​10
​​​(29) One-hundred-foot setback required for single-family buildings abutting FRL or RW zones.

(42) The following exceptions apply to historic lots:
a. Building setback lines that do not meet the requirements of this title but were legally established prior to the adoption of this title shall be considered the building line for alterations, remodels, and accessory structures on the lot or parcel; providing, that no structure or portion of such addition may further project beyond the established building line.
b. Any single-family residential lot of record as defined in Chapter 17.110 that has a smaller width or lot depth than that required by this title, or is less than one acre, may use that residential zoning classification that most closely corresponds to the dimension or dimensions of the lot of record, for the purpose of establishing setbacks from the property lines.

(43) Any structure otherwise permitted under this section may be placed on a lot or parcel within a required yard area if the director finds that such a location is necessary because existing sewer systems or roadways make compliance with the yard area requirements of this title impossible without substantial changes to the site.
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