Kitsap County Shoreline Master Program Periodic Review 2020-2021

Shoreline Photo by Aaron Bartleson


The public comment period and State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Review period for the proposed amendments to the Shoreline Master Program (SMP) have closed.  Look below to review the revisions to related codes and learn about the next steps.


Scoping Matrix and Amendment Guide

​This document is an accompanying 'readers guide' for draft amendments proposed in Kitsap County Code (KCC) Titles 15, 19, 21 and 22. 

The public comment and SEPA Review periods closed in early March 2021. The County is preparing responses to comments and recommendations for whether changes are consistent with state laws and rules.

Public comments and County responses will be shared with the Washington Department of Ecology, the Kitsap County Planning Commission, and the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners. In March and April, the Planning Commission will hold two deliberation and findings of fact meetings. Once the Planning Commission makes a recommendation and findings of fact, the Board of Commissioners will hold another public hearing in May 2021 to deliberate and make a final decision on the SMP amendments. 

Learn About Amendments

KITSAP COUNTY ONLINE OPEN HOUSE

Kitsap County has launched an online open house to share information about the Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Periodic Review process!

Explore the site to learn what a Shoreline Master Program is, why it needs to be reviewed, and what the review process looks like. Other key features of the site include opportunities to:

  • Access project resources and documents
  • Read about the proposed amendments
  • Discover upcoming engagement opportunities

Planning Commission Deliberation

The Kitsap County Planning Commission hosted two deliberation meetings on proposed code amendments to the Shoreline Master Program and consideration of public comments and testimonies on March 16th and April 6th.  The next planning commission meeting is scheduled for April 20, 2021 to complete findings of fact, conclusions, and recommendations on proposed code amendments to the Shoreline Master Program.  

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


April Monthly Project Update

Join the County on April 15th at 5:30 p.m. The County will provide an update on work with the Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners to review and consider public comments on proposed code amendments.

To find information about past project updates and to learn how to join the meeting see the "Monthly Project Updates" section below.  


    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)



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    Meeting Dates

    ​Date
    ​Purpose
    ​Location
    ​Related Materials
    ​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


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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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