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.
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
(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
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.
Accessory use or structure
Public facilities and electric power and natural gas utility facilities, substations, ferry terminals, and commuter park-and-ride lots
Manufacturing and fabrication, medium
Density and Dimensions table
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