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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.
The rural employment center (REC) and 12 Trees employment center (TTEC) zones provide for isolated areas of industrial and commercial type uses in the rural areas of Kitsap County. The REC and TTEC are not required to principally serve the existing and projected rural population, but rather to promote the rural economy by providing and creating jobs close to home. This zone encompasses a Type III limited area of more intensive rural development, and shall protect Kitsap County’s rural character, by containing and limiting rural development. Development within this zone must not conflict with surrounding uses, and must assure visual compatibility with the surrounding area. The methods for achieving such purpose are by providing for buffers and limiting the size and height to be appropriate for the rural areas.
(Ord. 534 (2016) § 7(5) (App. E) (part), 2016)
A. Landscaping. It is recognized that buffers have value in providing a consistent screening between uses, intensities and zones which may otherwise conflict. Buffers shall only be required along the exterior boundary of the rural employment center and 12 Trees center zones.
1. For new development where existing approved screening buffers abut the subject lot, the director shall apply an appropriate screening buffer width of no less than twenty-five feet and no greater than fifty feet, depending on the proposed project or site impacts, such as traffic generation, light, noise, glare, odor, dust, and visual impact, adjacent to residential development. To the extent feasible, the director shall maintain consistent buffer widths throughout the development.
2. For new development where there are not existing approved screening buffers abutting the subject lot, the director shall apply an appropriate screening buffer width of no less than twenty-five feet and no greater than fifty feet, depending on the proposed project or site impacts, such as traffic, light, noise, glare, odor, dust, and visual impact, adjacent to residential development.
3. All legally created existing businesses, upon the date of adoption, within the REC and TTEC boundaries, are exempt from complying with the above.
B. Signs. Signs for development within the REC may not exceed ten feet in height.
C. Temporary Permits. Temporary permits within the REC and TTEC are subject to the provisions of Section 17.105.090, Temporary permits.
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
The following letters and symbols have the following meanings when they appear in the box at the intersection of the column and the row.
Accessory dwelling unit, attached
17.415.010 Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) located in an Urban Growth Area
17.415.015 Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) located outside an Urban Growth Area.
17.110.740 Veterinary clinic
17.110.763 Wildlife shelter
1. The use is subject to special provisions in Chapter 17.415 ‘Special provisions’ that may change to the level of permit review indicated above. All applicable requirements shall govern a use whether specifically identified in this chapter or not.
3. Pets and Exotic Animals. The keeping of pets, nontraditional pets and exotic animals is subject to the following conditions: a. Pets which are kept inside of a primary structure as household pets in aquariums, terrariums, cages or similar containers shall not be limited in number by this section. Other pets, excluding cats, which are kept indoors shall be limited to five; b. Pets which are kept outside of the primary structure shall be limited to three per household on lots less than twenty thousand square feet in area, only one of which may be a nontraditional pet; five per household on lots of twenty thousand to thirty-five thousand square feet, only two of which may be nontraditional pets; with an additional two pets per acre of site area over thirty-five thousand square feet up to a limit of twenty; and c. No feeding area or structure used to house, confine or feed pets shall be located closer than the minimum yard setbacks for the zone in which they are located. No feeding area or structure used to house, confine or feed nontraditional pets or exotic animals shall be located closer than fifty feet from any residence on adjacent property.
4. Storage of junk motor vehicles on any property outside of a legally constructed building (minimum of three sides and a roof) is prohibited, except where the storage of up to six junk motor vehicles meets one of the following two conditions: a. Any junk motor vehicle(s) stored outdoors must be completely screened by a sight-obscuring fence or natural vegetation to the satisfaction of the director (a covering such as a tarp over the vehicle(s) will not constitute an acceptable visual barrier). For the purposes of this section, “screened” means not visible from any portion or elevation of any neighboring or adjacent public or private property, easement or right-of-way; or b. Any junk motor vehicle(s) stored outdoors must be stored more than two hundred fifty feet away from all property lines. c. Environmental Mitigation Agreement. The owner of any such junk motor vehicle(s) must successfully enter into an environmental mitigation agreement with the department of community development (the “department”) regarding the property where such vehicle(s) will be located or stored. i. An environmental mitigation agreement between a property owner and the department is required before the outdoor storage of up to six screened junk motor vehicles will be approved. A property owner may enter into such agreement with the department for a one-time fee of $10.00 per vehicle, the proceeds of which shall be used to assist with clean-up costs associated with the administration of Chapter 9.56. ii. In order to mitigate any potential environmental impact from the storage of these junk motor vehicles, the property owner must agree to institute one of the following two preventative measures: (a) Each junk motor vehicle must be drained of all oil and other fluids including, but not limited to, engine crankcase oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid and radiator coolant or antifreeze prior to placing the vehicle on site; or (b) Drip pans or pads must be placed and maintained underneath the radiator, engine block, transmission and differentials of each junk motor vehicle to collect residual fluids. (c) Either preventative measure shall require that the owner of such vehicle(s) clean up and properly dispose of any visible contamination resulting from the storage of junk motor vehicles. The agreement will require the property owner to select one of the two preventative measures and to allow for an initial inspection of the property by the department to assure that the preventative measure has been implemented to the satisfaction of the department. By entering into the agreement, the property owner further agrees to allow the department entry onto the property on an annual basis for reinspection to assure compliance with the approved agreement. If a property is found to be in compliance with the terms of the agreement for two consecutive inspections, the department may waive the annual inspection requirement. A property owner found to be in violation of the agreement may be issued a civil infraction pursuant to this section and could later be deemed a nuisance in accordance with Chapter 9.56.
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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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