Urban High Residential 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

​This zone is intended to provide for multiple-family residential and professional office development based upon compatibility with surrounding land uses. The primary use of this zone is intended to be high density residential. Professional office use is intended to complement and support the residential use within the zone and be consistent with, and in conjunction with, residential development. It is intended that office developments within these zones will be of a higher standard in recognition of their residential setting. The following factors will be considered in the application of one of these zones to a particular site: proximity to major streets and the available capacity of these streets, availability of public water and sewer, vehicular and pedestrian traffic circulation in the area, proximity to commercial services and proximity to public open space and recreation opportunities. Development within these zones will be reviewed to ensure compatibility with adjacent uses including such considerations as privacy, noise, lighting and design.

(Ord. 534 (2016) § 7(5) (App. E) (part), 2016)

   Special Provisions

A.    For multifamily development, see Chapter 17.470, Multifamily Development – Design Criteria.

B.    For recreational open space provisions, see Section 17.450.040(C).

(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

Urban High-Density Residential

Urban High Residential

​UH

​19 dwelling units/acre

​30 dwelling units/acre; up to 60 in the Silverdale Regional Growth Center


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 Footnotes​ ​

​19.    All development within the Silverdale Design District boundaries must be consistent with the Silverdale Design Standards.

47.    As a conditional use, UM and UH zones adjacent to a commercial zone may allow coordinated projects that include commercial uses within their boundaries. Such projects must meet the following conditions:

a.    The project must include a combination of UM and/or UH and commercially zoned land;

b.    The overall project must meet the density required for the net acreage of the UM or UH zoned land included in the project;

c.    All setbacks from other residentially zoned land must be the maximum required by the zones included in the project;

d.    Loading areas, dumpsters and other facilities must be located away from adjacent residential zones; and

e.    The residential and commercial components of the project must be coordinated to maximize pedestrian connectivity and access to public transit.

48.    Within urban growth areas, all new residential subdivisions, single-family or multifamily developments are required to provide an urban level of sanitary sewer service for all proposed dwelling units unless exemptions identified in Section 17.460.020 allow for the implementation of a dry sewer.

101.    Transitory accommodations allowed only pursuant to Chapter 17.505.

   Use Table Permitted (P)

RESIDENTIAL USES

Footnotes

(43) Where a family member is in need of special, frequent and routine care and assistance by reason of advanced age or ill health, a manufactured home or mobile home may be placed upon the same lot as a single-family dwelling for occupancy by the individual requiring or providing such special care subject to the following limitations:
a.    Not more than two individuals shall be the recipients of special care;
b.    No rent, fee, payment or charge in lieu thereof may be made for use of the single-family dwelling or manufactured/mobile home as between the recipients or providers of special care;
c.    The manufactured/mobile home must meet the setback requirements of the zone in which it is situated;
d.    A permit must be obtained from the director authorizing such special care manufactured/mobile home. Such permit shall remain in effect for one year and may, upon application, be extended for one-year periods, provided there has been compliance with the requirements of this section;
e.    The manufactured/mobile home must be removed when the need for special care ceases; and
f.    Placement of the manufactured/mobile home is subject to applicable health district standards for water service and sewage disposal.

​Accessory use or structure

(1) Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses.

(18) One piece of heavy equipment may be stored in any single-family zone; provided, that it is either enclosed within a permitted structure, or screened to the satisfaction of the director.

(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).

​Adult family home

41.    Adult family homes serving one to six residents (excluding proprietors) are permitted uses. Adult family homes serving more than six applicable residents (excluding proprietors) require an administrative conditional use permit (ACUP).

​Boarding house

​99.    The number of individual boarding rooms must meet the minimum density for the zone or equal six boarding rooms, whichever is greater.

102.    Boarding houses must have health district approval prior to occupancy.

​Dwelling, existing

​Dwelling, multifamily

​Dwelling, single-family detached (includes manufactured homes)

26.    Single-family detached dwellings shall only be allowed when the existing parcel size as of August 31, 2016, would only allow the development of one dwelling unit.

43.    Where a family member is in need of special, frequent and routine care and assistance by reason of advanced age or ill health, a manufactured home or mobile home may be placed upon the same lot as a single-family dwelling for occupancy by the individual requiring or providing such special care subject to the following limitations:
a.    Not more than two individuals shall be the recipients of special care;
b.    No rent, fee, payment or charge in lieu thereof may be made for use of the single-family dwelling or manufactured/mobile home as between the recipients or providers of special care;
c.    The manufactured/mobile home must meet the setback requirements of the zone in which it is situated;
d.    A permit must be obtained from the director authorizing such special care manufactured/mobile home. Such permit shall remain in effect for one year and may, upon application, be extended for one-year periods, provided there has been compliance with the requirements of this section;
e.    The manufactured/mobile home must be removed when the need for special care ceases; and
f.    Placement of the manufactured/mobile home is subject to applicable health district standards for water service and sewage disposal.

​Residential care facility

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 Section 17.105.090(I).

​Espresso stands

37.    The overall project shall include a residential component. A mixed use project shall be required to meet the minimum density for the zone in which it is located.

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.

​Temporary offices and model homes

27.    Subject to the temporary permit provisions of Chapter 17.105.

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 Section 17.105.090(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 Section 17.105.090(I).

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 Section 17.105.090(I)

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 Section 17.105.090(I).

​Forestry


   Use Table - Administrative Conditional Use Permit (ACUP)

RESIDENTIAL USES

Footnotes

​Adult family home

41.    Adult family homes serving one to six residents (excluding proprietors) are permitted uses. Adult family homes serving more than six applicable residents (excluding proprietors) require an administrative conditional use permit (ACUP).

​Convalescent home or congregate care facility

97.    Cottage housing is an allowed use in conjunction with congregate care facilities and shall be reviewed under the congregate care facility permit review process.

​Dwelling, single-family attached

​Home business

(1)Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses

(53) Commercial or industrial uses otherwise prohibited in the zone may be allowed as a component of a home business subject to the requirements of Section 17.410.060(B)

​Hotel/motel

(1)Where applicable subject to Section 17.410.060, Provisions applying to special uses

52.    Aggregate production and processing only. Allowed only if directly connected to an approved surface mining permit approved by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

COMMERCIAL/BUSINESS USES

Footnotes

​Nonmotorized recreation rentals

95.    Allowed on all port district owned property.

​Clinic, medical

​37.    The overall project shall include a residential component. A mixed use project shall be required to meet the minimum density for the zone in which it is located.

​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.
37.    The overall project shall include a residential component. A mixed use project shall be required to meet the minimum density for the zone in which it is located.

​Day-care center, family

​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.

37.    The overall project shall include a residential component. A mixed use project shall be required to meet the minimum density for the zone in which it is located.

​Fitness center

​37.    The overall project shall include a residential component. A mixed use project shall be required to meet the minimum density for the zone in which it is located.

​General office and management services – less than 4,000 s.f.

​37.    The overall project shall include a residential component. A mixed use project shall be required to meet the minimum density for the zone in which it is located.

​General office and management services – 4,000 to 9,999 s.f.

​37.    The overall project shall include a residential component. A mixed use project shall be required to meet the minimum density for the zone in which it is located.

​General office and management services – 10,000 s.f. or greater

​37.    The overall project shall include a residential component. A mixed use project shall be required to meet the minimum density for the zone in which it is located.

​General retail merchandise stores – less than 4,000 s.f.

​37.    The overall project shall include a residential component. A mixed use project shall be required to meet the minimum density for the zone in which it is located.

​Laundromats and laundry services

​37.    The overall project shall include a residential component. A mixed use project shall be required to meet the minimum density for the zone in which it is located.

​Personal services – skin care, massage, manicures, hairdresser/barber

​37.    The overall project shall include a residential component. A mixed use project shall be required to meet the minimum density for the zone in which it is located.

​Pet shop – retail and grooming

​37.    The overall project shall include a residential component. A mixed use project shall be required to meet the minimum density for the zone in which it is located.

​Restaurants

​37.    The overall project shall include a residential component. A mixed use project shall be required to meet the minimum density for the zone in which it is located.

RECREATIONAL/CULTURAL USES

Footnotes

​Club, civic or social

12.    All buildings and activities shall be set back a minimum of fifty feet in FRL, MRO, RW, RP, RR, RCO, RI or parks zones and thirty-five feet in all other zones from a side or rear lot line. All such uses shall access directly to a county right-of-way determined to be adequate by the county engineer, and be able to provide access without causing traffic congestion on local residential streets. Any such use shall not be materially detrimental to any adjacent (existing or future) residential development due to excessive traffic generation, noise, light or other circumstances. The director may increase setback, buffer and landscaping standards or impose other conditions to address potential impacts.

​Golf courses

​Movie/performance theaters, outdoor

​37.    The overall project shall include a residential component. A mixed use project shall be required to meet the minimum density for the zone in which it is located.

​Museum, galleries, aquarium, historic or cultural exhibits

37.    The overall project shall include a residential component. A mixed use project shall be required to meet the minimum density for the zone in which it is located.

​Recreational facilities, private

​Recreational facilities, public

INSTITUTIONAL USES

Footnotes

Government/public structures​

​Places of worship

12.    All buildings and activities shall be set back a minimum of fifty feet in FRL, MRO, RW, RP, RR, RCO, RI or parks zones and thirty-five feet in all other zones from a side or rear lot line. All such uses shall access directly to a county right-of-way determined to be adequate by the county engineer, and be able to provide access without causing traffic congestion on local residential streets. Any such use shall not be materially detrimental to any adjacent (existing or future) residential development due to excessive traffic generation, noise, light or other circumstances. The director may increase setback, buffer and landscaping standards or impose other conditions to address potential impacts.

​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.


   Use Table - Hearing Examiner Conditional Use Permit (C)

COMMERCIAL/BUSINESS USES

Footnotes

​Veterinary clinics/animal hospitals

9.    Veterinary clinics and animal hospitals are allowed, provided a major part of the site fronts on a street and the director finds that the proposed use will not interfere with reasonable use of residences by reason of too close proximity to such residential uses, or by reason of a proposed exterior too different from other structures and character of the neighborhood. All activities shall be conducted inside an enclosed building.

37.    The overall project shall include a residential component. A mixed use project shall be required to meet the minimum density for the zone in which it is located.

RECREATIONAL/CULTURAL USES

Footnotes

​Marinas

INSTITUTIONAL USES

Footnotes

​Hospital

​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

​Cemeteries, mortuaries, and crematoriums

10.    A cemetery, crematorium, mausoleum, or columbarium shall have its principal access on a county roadway with ingress and egress so designed as to minimize traffic congestion, and shall provide required off-street parking spaces. No mortuary or crematorium in conjunction with a cemetery is permitted within two hundred feet of a lot in a residential zone.

​Storage, self-service

37.    The overall project shall include a residential component. A mixed use project shall be required to meet the minimum density for the zone in which it is located.

40.    Self-storage facilities must be accessory to the predominant residential use of the property, sized consistently for the number of lots/units being served and may serve only the residents of the single-family plat or multifamily project.

RESOURCE LAND USES

Footnotes

​Aquaculture practices


   Density, Dimensions and Design

Density and Dimensions table

33.    Except for the height and density requirements reflected in Section 17.420.058, Silverdale regional center and design district density and dimension table, all development within the Silverdale design district boundaries must be consistent with the Silverdale Design Standards.

55.    Parcels located within the Silverdale Regional Center shall refer to the design standards identified in Section 17.420.058, Silverdale regional center and design district density and dimension table.
Minimum density (du/acre)​19
Maximum density (du/acre)​30
Minimum lot size​NA
Maximum lot size​NA
Minimum lot width (feet)​60
Minimum lot depth (feet)​60
Maximum height (feet)​55
(17) A greater height may be allowed as set forth below and in accordance with the procedures in Title 21. Such approval must be consistent with the recommendations of the fire marshal/fire district and compatible with surrounding uses and zones. Such approval shall result in a decrease in building coverage, an increase in public amenities, and/or a more creative or efficient use of land. The maximum building height approved by the director shall not exceed:
a.    In the NC and P zones: forty-five feet.
b.    In the UH and C zones: sixty-five feet.
c.    In the UM, BP, BC, and IND zones: fifty-five feet.
d.    Height and density requirements for urban high and regional center reflected in Section 17.420.058, Silverdale regional center and design district density and dimension table.

(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 coverage 85%
Maximum lot coverage 85%
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

​29.    One-hundred-foot setback required for single-family buildings abutting FRL or RW zones.

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
Side (feet)​5
29.    One-hundred-foot setback required for single-family buildings abutting FRL or RW zones.

(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.
​Rear (feet)​10
​29.    One-hundred-foot setback required for single-family buildings abutting FRL or RW zones.

(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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