Kitsap County News

County seeks input on transportation improvements3/15/2017

(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County Public Works seeks road project and other transportation improvement suggestions to consider in the preparation of its annual six-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP is used to identify and prioritize road improvement projects. This year's selection process determines which new roadway projects to include in the 2018–2023 TIP.

Project ideas are scored and ranked using set objective criteria. The criteria consider safety and capacity needs, structural conditions, environmental issues, non-motorized needs, and funding availability. Once the top projects are identified, a formal public hearing is held to review the prioritized projects for the TIP.

Residents can submit their ideas using the link below through May 26, 2017. Residents may also attend one of the following scheduled community meetings to learn about the TIP process and submit project ideas:

Manchester Community Advisory Committee
6:30-8 p.m., April 4
Manchester Library
8067 East Main Street

Kingston Community Advisory Council
7-8:30 p.m., April 5
Village Green Community Center
26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston

Suquamish Community Advisory Committee Open House
4-7 p.m., April 11
House of Awakened Culture
7235 NE Suquamish Way

Hansville Neighbor's Luncheon
Noon, April 19
Greater Hansville Community Center
6778 Buck Lake Road

Central Kitsap Community Council
5-6:30 p.m., May 3
Location to be determined.

To review the TIP and submit project ideas, go to or call Public Works at (360) 337-5777.

Contact:  Marc Lewis DeGrace, 360.337.5777 or or David Forte, 360.337.5777 or

County seeks input on road standards3/29/2017

(Port Orchard, WA)  Kitsap County is in the process of updating the County Road Standards (the Standards) and is seeking comments from the public, utility companies, and other interested parties.  The Standards, originally enacted in 2003 by the Board of County Commissioners (Ordinance 293-2003) and last amended in 2007 (Ordinance 404-2007),  govern the design and construction of publicly maintained roadways within existing right of way, and in private developments where roads will be dedicated to Kitsap County. 

The new Standards will apply to future road construction and improvements to County roads built after January 13, 2003—the original adoption date. They do not apply to general road maintenance or to County roads constructed prior to the original adoption of the Standards.

The Standards, incorporated into Chapter 11 of the Kitsap County Code, were developed to provide minimum design requirements for the safety, welfare, and convenience of the travelling public.  They were developed as a criteria primarily for engineers involved in road design and are not intended as a substitute for competent design or sound engineering practice.

New land development activities impacting the quality of traffic service, safety or operational efficiency of existing roadways will be assessed during the land use approval process and developers may be required to make improvements in accordance with the updated Standards. The Standards are not intended to govern privately maintained roadways located outside County right of way, however it is highly recommended that designers of those roads follow them.

Kitsap County Public Works encourages interested parties to comment on any portion of the existing Standards. Two versions of the document are available at a redline mark-up of proposals from prior public input and County staff, and a "clean" copy of the document reflecting the proposed revisions.

Submitting comments in "Track-Changes" (redline) format is preferred, but all input will be considered.  The department's internal review team will address each comment and, after the review period ends on May 26, will present a final document for consideration by the Board of County Commissioners.

Please submit your revisions to Jo Meints at by May 26, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. You can mail comments to Kitsap County Public Works, Attention: Jo Meints, 614 Division Street MS-26, Port Orchard WA 98366

The anticipated schedule to complete this process is as follows:

Formal request for input - March 29, 2017

Comment period ends - May 26, 2017

Complete final draft - August 15, 2017

Begin final adoption process (final public review) - September 1, 2017

Commissioners enact final document - October 23, 2017

To learn more about this project and to sign up for electronic notifications go to  or call Kitsap1 at (360) 337-5777.


Contract:  Jon Brand, County Engineer, 360.337.5777 or

Stand Down offers information, resources and services to veterans and their families4/6/2017

​Veterans and their families are invited to the spring 2017 Veterans Stand Down, which takes place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo in Bremerton.

Complimentary services for women and men veterans and their families will be available including dental screening, Veterans Assistance, housing, employment, education, counseling and more. Qualifying veterans and family members may also receive free clothing, sleeping bags, groceries, and personal hygiene items.

This event is open to veterans and their families only. Please provide DD214, military retiree ID card, or VA card.  Unaccompanied family members must bring a DD214 and proof of relationship.  We also encourage active duty transitioning out of the military or retiring by the end of 2017 to attend to gather information and resources to assist in their transition to civilian life as seamless as possible.

Service providers include Department of Veterans Affairs, Olympic College, Veteran service organizations, Kitsap Legal Services, Washington Department of Veterans Affairs, Abraham House, Asset Building Coalition, Housing Solutions Center, WorkSource, Department of Social and Health Service, Red Cross, Kitsap Community Resources, and Kitsap Transit.  

The event is sponsored by the VFW 2669 Riders Group, Kitsap Sun, Kitsap Credit Union, Silverdale Chamber of Commerce, City of Bremerton, Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, AL-P-109; DAV Chapters 5 & 22 and Women's Auxiliary; Michael & Karen Johnson; Abraham House; Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board; and the Kitsap Area Veterans Alliance.


Contact: Andrew Sargent, Coordinator, Veterans Assistance Program, Kitsap County Human Services, 360.337.4811 or

Put your art work on a snow plow blade!4/11/2017

​(Port Orchard, WA)  Kitsap County is looking for individuals or classrooms that want to put their art on one of our snow plow blades. "Each year as part of our National Public Works Week we invite local classrooms or individuals to submit ideas for artwork on snow plow blades," said Doug Bear, Public Communications Manager. "We use those plow blades in the vicinity of where the artists live so they can see their art in action," Bear added.

Artists can apply here ( If your idea is chosen Public Works arranges to bring the plow blade to the school, along with paints and brushes. Entries close May 3, 2017.

You can view some of the previous winners here

•2015 Winners:  (

•2013 Winners:  (

Contact:  Doug Bear, Public Communications Manager, 360.337.4598, or

Public comment sought for Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Plan4/13/2017

​(Port Orchard, WA) – The Kitsap County Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Plan serves as a policy document that guides the County, incorporated cities, Tribes, and the US Navy, in solid waste and hazardous management. The state requires a review of the plan every five years.

The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) will review the preliminary draft plan. We invite you to review and provide comment during the next 30-day period. Written comments are accepted until Thursday, May 15, 2017.

You may find this document posted on the County's website at

Email comments to:

Mail comments to:  Keli McKay-Means, Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division, 614 Division Street MS-27, Port Orchard, 98366.  Postmark date May 15, 2017.

Contact: Keli McKay-Means | Public Works, Solid Waste Division | 360.337.5777


Lane closures on SR 160 start Tuesday, April 184/17/2017

Courtesy retransmittal of a WSDOT news release...

SOUTHWORTH – Beginning Tuesday, April 18, drivers can expect delays on State Route 160 (Sedgwick Road) from milepost 4.8 near Banner Road to milepost 7.3 in Southworth while utility crews trim trees adjacent to the highway. The work will require closing the eastbound SR 160 lane for periods of up to 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each weekday through April 28. During those times, a single alternating lane of traffic will be flagged through the workzone. 

Motorists will also encounter shoulder closures on the south side of SR 160 during those same hours. Drivers are encouraged to allow extra time to travel through the area. High winds could postpone this work.

Before heading out the door, drivers can get real-time traffic information on their phones with the WSDOT mobile app, and the WSDOT travel alerts page.

Hyperlinks within the release:


Kitsap County Planning Commission to Hold Hearings on Draft Critical Areas Ordinance4/18/2017

(Port Orchard, WA) - The Kitsap County Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) Draft was open for public comment 3/1-3/31. The Kitsap Planning Commission is scheduled to hold three hearings to provide additional opportunity to comment on the draft.  The County has prepared a preliminary matrix of the March public comments and provided staff responses.  

The County will hold three Open Houses, followed by Planning Commission Hearings, for the Critical Areas Ordinance on the follow dates:

Tuesday, April 25
Kitsap Fairgrounds, President's Hall
1250 NW Fairgrounds Road in Bremerton
Open House at 5 p.m.
Planning Commission at 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 27
Poulsbo City Hall
200 NE Moe Street in Poulsbo
Open House at 5 p.m.
Planning Commission at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, May 2
Commissioners Chambers

Kitsap County Administration Building
619 Division Street in Port Orchard
Open House at 5 p.m.
Planning Commission at 6 p.m

The matrix, and draft Ordinance, are now available for additional public review. Additional comments can be provided to the Planning Commission as written or oral testimony at their hearings.
The Kitsap County Critical Areas Ordinance is undergoing a required update under the Washington Growth Management Act. The CAO (Kitsap County Code, Title 19), is the portion of local code which provides development standards for protecting the environment and minimizing risk to human safety. Critical areas include:
  • Wetlands
  • Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Areas,
  • Geologically Hazardous Areas
  • Frequently Flooded Areas
  • Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas

More information is available on the County's CAO webpage and
includes drafts, comment matrix, summaries, maps, a schedule, comment form and a 24/7 online open house.

Contact:  Kathlene Barnhart, Planner, 360.337.5777 or

5-day closure of SR 166 (Bay Street) near Port Orchard rescheduled4/20/2017
 This is a courtesy retransmittal of a WSDOT press release

PORT ORCHARD – An around-the-clock closure of State Route 166 near SR 16 in Port Orchard has been rescheduled to Monday, May 8. The closure is necessary so contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of transportation can finish paving and striping associated with a fish barrier removal project.

The work is weather dependent, and subject to contractor availability.

Advance traveler information is available from the Olympic Region Weekly Construction and Traffic Updates web pages.

Hyperlinks within the release:


Contact: Doug Adamson, Communications, 360.357.2600

Commissioners seek applicants for District Court Judge4/20/2017

​The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants for the position of District Court Judge Department #4.  This position will become vacant upon the retirement of Judge Stephen J. Holman on June 30, 2017. Judge Holman has served since 2006.

Those wishing to apply may submit a packet that includes four copies each of a letter of interest, brief resume and completed Uniform Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire, which can be found on the Governors' website ( under "judicial appointments." Applicants for the Kitsap County District Court Judge position are not required to fill out section 13 of the Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire. Applicants must be registered voters of Kitsap County and admitted to practice law in the state of Washington. 

After an initial screening, interviews are tentatively scheduled for mid-May with an appointment anticipated the first week of June. 

The deadline for applications is 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 12, 2017. Submissions should be delivered to the Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, located on the fourth floor of the County Administration Building, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard or submitted by mail to the Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, 614 Division Street, MS-4, Port Orchard, WA 98366.

For more information, contact Dana Daniels, Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, at (360) 337-7080 or

More information about Kitsap County District Court is available at


Contact: Rebecca Pirtle, Commissioners' Office, 360.337.4650 or

Community Development celebrates Building Safety Month with community pop-ups4/24/2017

​Kitsap County's Department of Community Development proudly celebrates Building Safety Month each May. This year, to help raise building safety awareness the department is coming to you! Join us and ask questions of Department specialists at one of our Building Safety Month pop ups shown below.   

  • Thursday May 4 at Lowe's in Silverdale
    "Pro Day Breakfast" 7-10 a.m.
    The County Building Official and a Stormwater Specialist will be on site
  • Friday May 5
    Lowe's in Port Orchard
    "Pro Day Luncheon" 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    The County Building Official and a Permit Technician will be on site
  • Saturday May 6
    McClendon's Hardware in Port Orchard
    Anniversary Sale and Pancake Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. to noon.
    An Inspector and a Permit Technician will be on site  
  • Saturday May 13
    James Lumber in Poulsbo
    8 a.m. to noon.
    Plan Reviewers will be on site  
  • Saturday May 20
    Henery Hardware in Bremerton
    8 a.m. to noon
    An Inspector and a Permit Technician will be on site
  • Saturday June 3
    Kitsap County Fairgrounds Kid's Day
    10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Building Safety Month, first proclaimed in 2011 by President Barack Obama, is a public safety awareness campaign to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe, resilient, affordable and energy-efficient homes and buildings. "All year round our building safety and fire prevention team experts including, architects, engineers, builders, tradespeople, laborers and others in the construction industry work to ensure the safe construction of buildings," said Jeff Rowe, Building Official for Kitsap County. "Building safety month provides us the opportunity to engage the community on what we do and thank the team and construction community for making it their mission to keep Kitsap safe."

To support Kitsap residents in building a safer community, we will re-launch the permit forgiveness program. During May the investigation fee will be suspended for anyone who submits a building permit application for a previously unpermitted structure. The investigation fee is 40% of the building permit fee. All other permit fees still apply. To take advantage of this program, bring your completed permit application to The Community Development Department. If you have questions regarding permit type and what work needs to be done, please call 360.337.5777.

Homes and buildings built in compliance with building codes result in resilient structures that minimize the risks of death, injury and property damage. Because resilient structures minimize the risk of property damage, property owners may pay lower insurance costs and millions of taxpayer dollars can be saved when rebuilding from natural disasters. Based on building science, technical knowledge and past experiences, model building codes provide protection from man-made and natural disasters, guarding public health and reducing property losses. The codes address all aspects of construction, from structural to fire prevention, plumbing and mechanical systems, and energy efficiency.


Contact: Jeffrey L. Rowe, CBO, 360.337.5777

Join the discussion May 3 on re-shaping Central Kitsap's future4/25/2017

​(Silverdale, WA) - Join the Central Kitsap Community Council and Kitsap County Commissioner Ed Wolfe for another interactive community conversation from 5 to 6:30 p.m. May 3  at the Best Western Silverdale Beach Hotel. The Council will lead a discussion on using infrastructure investments to re-shape Central Kitsap's future. Presentations include:

  • The Road More Often Traveled – If you think Silverdale traffic is getting worse by the day, what's the solution? Join David Forte, Transportation Planner with the Kitsap County Department of Public Works, for an update on the Silverdale Transportation Improvement Study and the Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan. Gunnar Fridriksson of Public Works will also provide an update on the Silverdale Way Improvement Project.
  • Stormwater Savvy -- Where does all that rain go, especially after it hits our roadways?  Chris May, the Public Works Stormwater Division Senior Program Manager, will share an update on roadway rain gardens and water-quality improvements in local watersheds. These improvements create opportunities add greenery and other natural features to the heart of the Silverdale shopping districts.

For more information, contact Angie Silva in the Kitsap County Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-7080 or To learn more about the Central Kitsap Community Council, go to

Boaters required to get new Hull Identification Numbers to meet federal rules4/25/2017

​PORT ORCHARD – More than 19,000 Washington boat owners are required to get new hull identification numbers, thanks to new safety and enforcement rules adopted by the US Coast Guard.

The Washington Department of Licensing sent notices in late March to boat owners affected by the new standards for identifying vessels. The Coast Guard made the change to enhance its enforcement capabilities and improve safety and security on the water.

Boat owners can apply for the new Certificate of Ownership that generates the compliant Hull Identification Number (HIN) in person at their local licensing office. Licensing offices, including the County Administration Building at 619 Division Street in Port Orchard, can be found at: The new numbers are not available online.  

"I want to emphasize that there is no title transaction fee involved for solely issuing a compliant HIN," said Dolores Gilmore, Kitsap County Auditor.

The new 12-digit identifier must be no less than ¼ inch high and be affixed permanently on the boat near the existing number so the old number also remains visible.

Boat owners with questions can contact:

Washington State Department of Licensing
360-902-3770 or email

Kitsap Auditor County Licensing Division
360-337-4440 or

Bucklin Hill Bridge selected as Project of the Year National Award winner!4/25/2017
The project that shut down a major through-road for an entire year has won 2017 Project of the Year awards from the American Public Works Association at the state and national levels. Click here to learn more about this project.

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