Kitsap County Shoreline Master Program Periodic Review 2020-2021

Shoreline Photo by Aaron Bartleson

On June 28, 2021, the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance locally adopting Kitsap County's Shoreline Master Program, Title 22 Kitsap County Code, and amending provisions of Titles 19 Critical Areas Ordinance and 21 Land Use & Development Procedures. Following local adoption, the SMP was forwarded to the Washington State Department of Ecology for review and final action in accordance with WAC 173-26-110. The Ordinance will take effect and be in full force only upon approval by the Washington State Department of Ecology in accordance with RCW 90.58.090 and WAC 73-26-120.

The proposed amendments are part of the County's periodic review of its Shoreline Master Program, which is required every eight years by state law.

Ordinance 598-2021



Learn About the Amendments

The three goals of the Kitsap County Shoreline Master Program periodic review is to ensure consistency with state laws and guidelines that are in effect at this time, ensure consistency with the County's comprehensive plan and updates to development regulations, and provide clarifications to improve usability and predictability for permit applicants and permit reviewers. To learn more about scope of proposed amendments to the Shoreline Master Program, review the Consistency Analysis Report. The Scoping Matrix provides a summary of proposed code amendments.


Planning Commission Deliberation

The Kitsap County Planning Commission hosted a 30-day public comment with a joint public hearing with the Washington State Department of Ecology on March 2, 2021. Following, the Planning Commission held two deliberation meetings on March 16th and April 6th on the proposed code amendments and to consider public comments and testimonies received. On April 20, 2021, the Planning Commission approved findings of fact, conclusions, and recommendations on the proposed code amendments to the Shoreline Master Program.  

Planning Commission Findings of Fact and Recommendation 

To find information about the Planning Commission deliberation please visit: https://www.kitsapgov.com/dcd/Pages/PlanningCommission.aspx


    Public Participation Plan

    The Public Participation Plan describes how the County will encourage early and continuous public participation throughout the process of reviewing the Shoreline Master Program. The Public Participation Plan describes the steps the County will take to provide opportunities for public engagement and public comment.

    Click HERE to access the Public Participation Plan.


    Monthly Project Updates

    Monthly Update Instructions

    December Monthly Project Update presentation (December 17, 2020)

    January Monthly Project Update presentation  (January 21, 2021)

    February Monthly Project Update presentation   (February 18, 2021)

    March Monthly Project Update presentation   (March 18, 2021)

    April Monthly Project Update presentation   (April 15, 2021)

    May Monthly Project Update presentation   (May 20,, 2021)


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    Meeting Dates

    ​Date
    ​Purpose
    ​Location
    ​Related Materials
    ​06/28/2021
    ​Board of County Commissioner meeting
    ​Virtual

    Agenda Summary

    1. Kitsap County SMP Periodic Update Ordinance 
      (released for public hearing on May 12, 2021)
    2. Kitsap County SMP Periodic Update Ordinance Appendix 1 KCC 22
      (released for public hearing on May 12, 2021)
    3. Kitsap County SMP Periodic Update Ordinance
      (June 21, 2021)
    4. Kitsap County SMP Periodic Update Ordinance Appendix 1 KCC 22
      (June 21, 2021)
    5. Kitsap County SMP Change Matrix (June 2, 2021)
    ​06/07/2021
    ​Board of County Commissioner Deliberation
    ​Virtual
    ​Executive Summary

    Attachment 1 – Ordinance to locally adopt Shoreline Master Program

    Attachment 2 – Ordinance Appendix 1

    Attachment 3 – Compilation of Board of County Commissioners public comments

    Attachment 4 – Planning Commission/Ecology public comments

    Attachment 5 – Board of County Commissioner's Comment Matrix

    Attachment 6 – Recommended Changes for Consideration by the Board of County Commissioners

    Attachment 7 – Public Participation Plan (10/25/2020)

    Attachment 8 – Consistency Analysis Report (11/25/2020)

    Attachment 9 – Staff Report (3/26/2021)

    Attachment 10 – SEPA Determination of Nonsignificance (3/4/2021)

    Attachment 11 – Planning Commission Comment Matrix (3/30/2021)

    Attachment 12 – Planning Commission Findings of Fact and Recommendations (4/20/2021)

    Attachment 13 – Department of Ecology Initial Determination

    Attachment 14 – Department of Ecology Initial Determination  Attachment 1 (5/18/2021)

    Attachment 15 – No Net Loss Addendum Revised (5/28/2021)


    ​05/24/2021
    ​Board of County Commissioner public hearing
    ​Vitrual
    Agenda

    Agenda Summary and
    Ordinance

    ​05/05/2021
    ​Board of County Commissioner Work Study
    ​Virtual
    Executive Summary

    Attachment 1 - Planning Commission Findings of Fact

    Attachment 2 - Public Comment Matrix
    ​04/20/2021
    ​Planning Commission Findings of Fact
    ​Virtual
    Executive Summary

    Findings of Fact

    Kitsap County Draft Code
    Underline/Strikeout

    Title 15

    Title 19

    Title 21

    Title 22


    SMP Appendix F

    ​04/19/2021
    ​Board of County Commissioners briefing
    ​Virtual
    Executive Summary
    ​04/06/2021
    ​Planning Commission Findings of Fact and Deliberation
    ​Virtual

    Executive Summary

    Staff Report

    Public Comments Matrix Part 3

    Comments Received

    Draft Findings of Fact

    Draft No Net Loss Memo

    ​03/16/2021
    ​Planning Commission Deliberation
    ​Virtual
    ​Executive Summary

    Public Comment Matrix Part 1

    Public Comment Matrix Part 2

    Comments Received
    ​03/08/2021
    ​Board of County Commissioner briefing
    ​Virtual
    ​Executive Summary
    ​03/02/2021
    ​Planning Commission Joint Public Hearing with Washington State Dept. of Ecology
    ​Virtual
    Executive Summary

    Presentation
    ​02/16/2021
    ​Planning Commission work study
    ​Virtual
    Executive Summary

    Staff Report
    ​02/02/2021
    ​Planning Commission briefing
    ​Virtual
    ​Executive Summary

    Presentation
    ​01/25/2021
    ​Board of County Commissioner briefing
    ​Virtual
    Executive Summary

    Presentation
    ​01/19/2021
    ​Planning Commission briefing
    ​Virtual
    Executive Summary

    Presentation
    ​12/21/2020
    ​Board of County Commissioner briefing
    ​Virtual
    ​Executive Summary
    ​12/15/2020
    ​Planning Commission briefing
    ​Virtual
    Agenda
    ​12/01/2020
    ​Planning Commission briefing
    ​Virtual
    Agenda

    Consistency Analysis

    Scoping Matrix
    ​11/25/2020
    ​Board of County Commissioners briefing
    ​Virtual
    ​Executive Summary & Attachments
    10/28/2020
    Board of County Commissioner briefing
    ​Virtual

    Executive Summary & Attachments
    ​​10/20/2020
    ​​Planning Commission briefing
    ​​Virtual
    ​​Presentation




    Periodic Review Timeline: September 2020 – June 2021

    PHASE 1: PROJECT DEVELOPMENT AND INITIATE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
    October - December 2020

    ​October
    2020
    ​November
    2020
    ​December
    2020


    • Develop Public Participation Plan

    • Complete Consistency Analysis Report

    • Engage with key partners and interested parties

    • Online open house kick-off

    PHASE 2: DEVELOP CODE AMENDMENTS
    January 2021

    ​January 2021


    • ​Draft code amendments

    • Study session with Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners

    • Engage with key partners and interested parties

    • Online open house refresh with draft code amendments

    PHASE 3: REVIEW AND ANALYSIS
    February - April 2021

    ​February
    2021
    ​March
    2021
    ​April
    2021


    • ​​​Joint Kitsap County Planning Commission and State Department of Ecology public hearing and comment period

    • State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)

    • Engage with key partners and interested parties

    • Department responds to public comments

    PHASE 4: ADOPTION
    May - June 2021

    ​May
    2021
    ​June
    2021


    • ​Submit draft amendments and checklist to Ecology for review

    • Revise documents as needed

    • Board of County Commissioners public hearing and comment period

    • Department responds to public comments

    • Board of County Commissioners review and adoption

    • ​ Submit final draft and checklist to Ecology for final determination


    For questions, contact:


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    Kitsap County's Current Shoreline Master Program 

    Kitsap County’s shorelines provide valuable habitat for fish and wildlife, economic diversity, and recreational opportunities used by residents of all ages. Shorelines play an important role in enhancing the quality of life for our County’s citizens. Therefore, the purpose of the Master Program is to guide the future development of the shorelines in Kitsap County in a manner consistent with the Shoreline Management Act of 1971, (the "Act.")  The Act and this Program comprise the basic state and county law regulating use of shorelines in the county.

    Shoreline Master Program 

    (December 24, 2014)

    Kitsap County Code Title 22

    Shoreline Master Program


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