Annual Comprehensive Plan Amendment Process for 2018

This online open house was last updated on February 14, 2018


What is the Comprehensive Plan?
The Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan describes the 20-year vision for unincorporated Kitsap County and how that vision will be achieved.  The plan covers land use, economic development, environment, housing and human services, transportation, capital facilities and utilities as well as parks, recreation, and open space.  The Comprehensive Plan is mandated by the Washington State Growth Management Act (RCW 36.70A).

How often does the Comprehensive Plan get changed?
Major Comprehensive Plan updates are mandated by the state every 8-years. The last major update of the Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 2016.  In-between major updates, the County may choose to consider minor amendments to the Comprehensive Plan on an annual basis.  The Board of County Commissioners have opened the annual Comprehensive Plan amendment process for 2018.


Expand the headings below to learn more about each phase of this important process.

SCOPING PHASE (November - December 2017)

The first phase of the process, called the scoping phase, determines what amendments will be considered in 2018.  The Board of County Commissioners do this through the adoption of a docket resolution for the annual Comprehensive Plan amendment process.  The docket resolution describes what types of amendments will be considered.  The Board of County Commissioners adopted the initial docket (Resolution No. 246-2017) on December 27, 2017.

What public comments were received and how were they considered?

A public comment period was open on the staff recommended docket resolution from November 27, 2017 through December 15, 2017.  Oral and written public testimony was made during a public hearing on Monday, December 11, 2017.  Written comments submitted in advance of the public hearing were due Sunday, December 10, 2017.

The Board of County Commissioners extended the public comment period through Friday, December 15, 2017.  Written comments were accepted:

      • Online via computer or mobile device

      • By email 

      • By mail

      • Dropped off at the Department of Community Development

View Public Comments with Staff Responses & Staff Recommendations

All public comments were reviewed by the Board of County Commissioners.  Most comments were already covered by the original staff recommended docket resolution or were already covered by the existing Comprehensive Plan and therefore did not require further amendment to the Comprehensive Plan.    Based on public comments, the Board of County Commissioners added a new item to the docket resolution to review affordable housing policies.  The following are the issues raised in public comments that were not adopted into the docket resolution: 
      • Site-specific applications to increase residential densities in rural areas

      • Various issues related to the Hirst decision (water right from exempt wells)


DEVELOPMENT PHASE (January - March 2018)

The second phase of the process, called the development phase, is when most county-sponsored amendments (including alternatives, if appropriate) are developed.  Since the docket resolution allows for the submittal of certain applications from interested parties, they will be developed and submitted during this phase of the process.

What county-sponsored amendments are in development and how can I participate?
County-sponsored amendments include the following:

  1. Updates to the Non-Motorized Facilities Plan
  2. Review of the Comprehensive Plan policies and development regulations related to the Kingston Urban Village Center (UVC) zone
  3. Minor adjustment to the boundary for the George's Corner limited area of more intensive rural development (LAMIRD)
  4. Updates to Public Facility Designations and Park Classifications
  5. Updates to the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan
  6. Review and revise, as needed, policies regarding affordable housing in Kitsap County.

Public participation in county-sponsored amendments will vary.  Some county-sponsored amendments will include specific public participation opportunities during this phase of the process.  Some county-sponsored amendments may have already been developed through a separate public process and therefore won't have specific additional opportunities for public participation during this phase of the process. Public review of all proposed amendments will occur during the consideration phase later in this process. 

County-sponsored amendments will be in development through March 2018 following their own process.  Click the blue box above to learn more about county-sponsored amendments in development and how you can participate.

What is the purpose of a Comprehensive Plan amendment application?

Comprehensive Plan amendment applications are how interested parties can propose legislative changes to the content of the Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan, including the land use designation of property on the Land Use Map and corresponding changes to the zoning classification on the Zoning Map.  The specific types of applications that can be submitted were determined during the earlier scoping phase.  All applications are reviewed against the decision criteria provided in Section 21.08.070 of the Kitsap County Code


Site-specific amendment applications are for requesting an amendment to the Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan Land Use Map that affects no more than five contiguous parcels. A site-specific amendment only affects the Comprehensive Plan Land Use Map and the Kitsap County Zoning Map - it does not affect the text of the Comprehensive Plan or Kitsap County development regulations.

What site-specific amendment applications were submitted?

Applications for site-specific amendments were accepted from January 9, 2018 to February 6, 2018 for the following areas of consideration:

  • Changing the land use designation to Mineral Resource Overlay (MRO) on property outside urban growth areas.
  • Changing the land use designation to Forest Resource Lands (FRL) on property outside urban growth areas.
  • Changing the land use designation on property within an Urban Growth Area for the purpose of infill and redevelopment.


Click the blue box above to learn more about the site-specific amendments that were submitted.

What happens after applications are submitted?

Applications are reviewed to determine if they are complete and ready for the analysis phase.  If an application is found to be incomplete, applicants are given an opportunity to submit a corrected application.

What amendments will continue into the next phase?

The Board of County Commissioners will be briefed on the status of all Comprehensive Plan amendments in late March or early April and may choose to make changes to the scope of the process.  The Board may decide that all proposed amendments should continue through the rest of the process or adopt a revised and final docket resolution that could remove some proposed amendments from further consideration.


ANALYSIS PHASE (April - June 2018)

The third phase of the process, called the analysis phase, is when staff review the cumulative effects of the proposed amendments consistent with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and prepare staff reports and recommendations on each proposed amendment for consideration by the Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners.

 CONSIDERATION PHASE (July - December 2018)

The fourth phase of the process, called the consideration phase, is when the Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners review, and if needed, make revisions to the proposed amendments.  The Planning Commission will review the proposed amendments and public comments, hold a public hearing, and make a recommendation on each proposed amendment to the Department of Community Development.  The Department then forwards the Planning Commission’s recommendation along with any further staff recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners.  The Board of County Commissioners then reviews the proposed amendments, recommendations, and public comments, holds a public hearing, and decides to either adopt, adopt with revisions, deny, or defer each proposed amendment. 



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