Twelve Trees Employment Center 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 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)

   Special Provisions

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.

(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

Limited Area of More Intensive Rural Development (LAMIRD) Type IIITwelve Trees Employment Center​TTEC​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​

(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

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

​Dwelling, existing

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).
​Auction house
Indoor Only
(76)
0 – 4,000 square feet
=
Permitted
4,001 – 10,000 square feet
=
Administrative Conditional Use Permit
10,001 – 15,000 square feet
=
Conditional Use Permit
15,001 square feet and above
=
(X) Not Permitted
​Clinic, medical
​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.
​Engineering and construction offices
(76)
0 – 4,000 square feet
=
Permitted
4,001 – 10,000 square feet
=
Administrative Conditional Use Permit
10,001 – 15,000 square feet
=
Conditional Use Permit
15,001 square feet and above
=
(X) Not Permitted
​Espresso stands
(58) ​In addition to the other standards set forth in the Kitsap County Code, espresso stands are subject to the following conditions:
a.    Drive aisles/stacking lanes shall be designed to accommodate a minimum of three vehicles per service window/door (i.e., eight and one-half feet in width and sixty feet in length) with direct access to the service window. The drive aisles/stacking lanes shall be designed to prevent any vehicles from interfering with public or private roadways, pedestrian circulation, traffic circulation, parking areas or other required development amenities.
b.    Subject to provisions set forth in Chapter 17.490, drive aisles and parking areas must also be paved in urban growth areas and include, at minimum, hard compacted surfaces in rural areas. Such surfaces must be addressed with required drainage facilities. A joint parking agreement shall be required if parking cannot be accommodated on site.
c.    All structures must be permanently secured to the ground.
d.    Restroom facilities must be available for employees. Portable or temporary restroom facilities shall not be used to meet this requirement.
​Financial, banking, mortgage and title institutions
​(76)
0 – 4,000 square feet
=
Permitted
4,001 – 10,000 square feet
=
Administrative Conditional Use Permit
10,001 – 15,000 square feet
=
Conditional Use Permit
15,001 square feet and above
=
(X) Not Permitted
​Fitness center
​(100) Allowed only as micro-gyms less than five thousand square feet in size. All other fitness centers are prohibited.
​General office and management services – less than 4,000 s.f.
​General office and management services – 4,000 to 9,999 s.f.
​General office and management services – 10,000 s.f. or greater
​Kennels or pet day-cares
(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses.
​Research laboratory
​Restaurants
​(76)
0 – 4,000 square feet
=
Permitted
4,001 – 10,000 square feet
=
Administrative Conditional Use Permit
10,001 – 15,000 square feet
=
Conditional Use Permit
15,001 square feet and above
=
(X) Not Permitted
​Tourism facilities, including outfitter and guide facilities

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
​Private or public schools
​(20) Site plans for public schools shall include an area identified and set aside for the future placement of a minimum of four portable classroom units. The area set aside may not be counted towards meeting required landscaping or parking requirements.

INDUSTRIAL 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).
​Air pilot training schools
​Assembly and packaging operations
​Boat yard
​Cold storage facilities
​Food production, brewery or distillery
​Storage, hazardous materials
​Storage, indoor
​Storage, self-service
​Storage, vehicle and equipment
Indoor or Covered Only
(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses.
​Warehousing and distribution

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).
​Aggregate extractions sites

  

 Use Table - Administrative Conditional Use Permit (ACUP)

COMMERCIAL/BUSINESS USES

Footnotes

​Ambulance service

​Temporary offices and model homes
27)  Subject to the temporary permit provisions of Chapter 17.105.
​(76)
0 – 4,000 square feet
=
Permitted
4,001 – 10,000 square feet
=
Administrative Conditional Use Permit
10,001 – 15,000 square feet
=
Conditional Use Permit
15,001 square feet and above
=
(X) Not Permitted
​Transportation terminals
​Veterinary clinics/animal hospitals

INSTITUTIONAL USES

Footnotes

​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.

INDUSTRIAL USES

Footnotes

​Manufacturing and fabrication, medium


   Use Table - Hearing Examiner Conditional Use Permit (C)

INDUSTRIAL USES

Footnotes

​Helicopter pads

​(13) Heliports for the purpose of medical emergency facilities may be permitted in certain zones subject to a conditional use permit. All private landing strips, runways, and heliports shall be so designed and oriented that the incidences of aircraft passing directly over dwellings during their landing or taking off patterns are minimized. They shall be located so that traffic shall not constitute a nuisance to neighboring uses. The proponents shall show that adequate controls or measures will be taken to prevent offensive noise, vibrations, dust, or bright lights.
​Manufacturing and fabrication, heavy
​Manufacturing and fabrication, hazardous


   Density, Dimensions and Design

Standard

Density and Dimensions table

Minimum density (du/acre)​NA
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
​(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.
Maximum impervious surface coverage85%
Maximum lot coverageNA
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
(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.
Maximum front (feet)​NA
Minimum Side (feet)​10
(21) Twenty feet when abutting a residential zone.

(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
(21) Twenty feet when abutting a residential zone.

(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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