Parks 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 intent of this zone is to create long-term consistency between the purpose for the purchase of parks and open space properties and the zoning regulations that apply to their development. Properties zoned as parks include all parks identified in the Kitsap County park inventory list and Washington State Parks. Parks properties are intended for the development of parks, open space areas and recreational facilities for the benefit of the citizens of Kitsap County. Uses for these properties should be limited to those serving this purpose.

(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

Public Facilities​​Parks​P​Not applicable​0

​This zone is not intended to accommodate population growth and therefore do not have allowed density.  However, limited new residential uses may occur in these zones which support the intent of these zones to provide employment and services.  Therefore, up to one dwelling unit may be allowed per existing parcel for the limited residential uses allowed in Kitsap County Code Chapter 17.410​

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

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.

 Use Table Permitted (P)

RESIDENTIAL USES

Footnotes

Caretaker’s dwelling

COMMERCIAL/BUSINESS USES

Footnotes

​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 Section17.105.090(I).
​Nonmotorized recreation rentals
​(95)  Allowed on all port district owned property

RECREATIONAL/CULTURAL USES

Footnotes

​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 Section17.105.090(I).
​Parks and open space

INSTITUTIONAL USES

Footnotes

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 Section17.105.090(I).
Government/public structures
​​Public facilities and electric power and natural gas utility facilities, substations, ferry terminals, and commuter park-and-ride lots
​(16)  The erection, construction, alteration, or maintenance of overhead or underground utilities by a public utility, municipality, governmental agency, or other approved party shall be permitted in any zone; provided, that any permanent above-ground structures not located within a right-of-way or easement shall be subject to the review of the director. Utility transmission and distribution lines and poles may exceed the height limits otherwise provided for in this title. Water towers which exceed thirty-five feet in height, solid waste collection, transfer and/or handling sites in any zone shall be subject to a conditional use permit. These provisions do not apply to wireless communication facilities, which are specifically addressed in Chapter 17.530.

RESOURCE LAND USES

Footnotes

​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 Section17.105.090(I).
​Aquaculture practices

​Forestry

(79) ​No residential uses are allowed within the portion of the Gorst urban growth area between the Sinclair Inlet shoreline and State Highways 3 and 16.


   Use Table - Administrative Conditional Use Permit (ACUP)

RESIDENTIAL USES

Footnotes

​Boarding house

​(99) The number of individual boarding rooms must meet the minimum density for the zone or equal six boarding rooms, whichever is greater.

(102) Boarding houses must have health district approval prior to occupancy.

COMMERCIAL/BUSINESS USES

Footnotes

Conference center

​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 thousand 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.

(79) ​No residential uses are allowed within the portion of the Gorst urban growth area between the Sinclair Inlet shoreline and State Highways 3 and 16.

RECREATIONAL/CULTURAL USES

Footnotes

​Amusement centers

​Carnival or circus
​Club, civic or social
(12) All buildings and activities shall be set back a minimum of fifty feet in FRL, MRO, RW, RP, RR, RCO, RI or parks zones and thirty-five feet in all other zones from a side or rear lot line. All such uses shall access directly to a county right-of-way determined to be adequate by the county engineer, and be able to provide access without causing traffic congestion on local residential streets. Any such use shall not be materially detrimental to any adjacent (existing or future) residential development due to excessive traffic generation, noise, light or other circumstances. The director may increase setback, buffer and landscaping standards or impose other conditions to address potential impacts.
​Golf courses
​Marinas
​Museum, galleries, aquarium, historic or cultural exhibits
(​67) No aquariums are allowed in the RCO zone. Galleries, museums, historic and cultural exhibits should be geared toward the character of the rural area, rural history, or a rural lifestyle.
​Recreational facilities, public
​Recreational vehicle camping parks


   Use Table - Hearing Examiner Conditional Use Permit (C)

RECREATIONAL/CULTURAL USES

Footnotes

​Movie/performance theaters, outdoor

​Race track, major
(12) ​All buildings and activities shall be set back a minimum of fifty feet in FRL, MRO, RW, RP, RR, RCO, RI or parks zones and thirty-five feet in all other zones from a side or rear lot line. All such uses shall access directly to a county right-of-way determined to be adequate by the county engineer, and be able to provide access without causing traffic congestion on local residential streets. Any such use shall not be materially detrimental to any adjacent (existing or future) residential development due to excessive traffic generation, noise, light or other circumstances. The director may increase setback, buffer and landscaping standards or impose other conditions to address potential impacts.
​Race track, minor
(12) ​All buildings and activities shall be set back a minimum of fifty feet in FRL, MRO, RW, RP, RR, RCO, RI or parks zones and thirty-five feet in all other zones from a side or rear lot line. All such uses shall access directly to a county right-of-way determined to be adequate by the county engineer, and be able to provide access without causing traffic congestion on local residential streets. Any such use shall not be materially detrimental to any adjacent (existing or future) residential development due to excessive traffic generation, noise, light or other circumstances. The director may increase setback, buffer and landscaping standards or impose other conditions to address potential impacts.

  

   Density, Dimensions and Design

Standard

Density and Dimensions table

Minimum density (du/acre)​NA
(57) Mixed use projects are not required to meet the minimum density requirements.
Maximum density (du/acre)​0
(19) This zone is not intended to accommodate population growth and therefore do not have allowed density.  However, limited new residential uses may occur in these zones which support the intent of these zones to provide employment and services.  Therefore, up to one dwelling unit may be allowed per existing parcel for the limited residential uses allowed in Kitsap County Code Chapter 17.410​
Minimum lot size​NA
Maximum lot size​NA
Minimum lot width (feet)​NA
Minimum lot depth (feet)​NA
Maximum height (feet)​35
​(17) A greater height may be allowed as set forth below and in accordance with the procedures in Title 21. Such approval must be consistent with the recommendations of the fire marshal/fire district and compatible with surrounding uses and zones. Such approval shall result in a decrease in building coverage, an increase in public amenities, and/or a more creative or efficient use of land. The maximum building height approved by the director shall not exceed:
a.    In the NC and P zones: forty-five feet.
b.    In the UH and C zones: sixty-five feet.
c.    In the UM, BP, BC, and IND zones: fifty-five feet.
d.    Height and density requirements for urban high and regional center reflected in Section 17.420.058, Silverdale regional center and design district density and dimension table.
Maximum impervious surface coverage NA
Maximum lot coverage NA
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

0 - (54) Standard listed applicable to Gorst UGA only.

(​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.
Minimum Side (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.
Minimum Rear (feet)

​10

0 - ​(54) Standard listed applicable to Gorst UGA only.

(​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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