Annual Comprehensive Plan Amendment Process for 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.

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 intends to adopt the initial docket resolution by the end of December 2017.

What topics require an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan, and what do not?

The following are examples of topics that require an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan during this annual amendment process:

• Adding new goals or policies to the Comprehensive Plan

• Modifying land use designation boundaries for an area in a manner that does not modify net        population capacities

• Changing the land use designation of specific properties

The following are examples of topics that do not require an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan during the annual amendment process:

• Revisions to development regulations that are consistent with the Comprehensive Plan

• Changes to programs, initiatives, or administrative policies (these are required by state law to be consistent with the Comprehensive Plan)

• Changing the zoning classification of specific properties where a land use designation is not also required (e.g. change zoning from Urban Restricted to Urban Low Residential)

Contact the Department of Community Development to learn if a specific topic requires a Comprehensive Plan amendment.

How can I comment on the scope of the process?

A public comment period is currently open on the staff recommendation.

Oral and written public testimony were made during a public hearing scheduled for 5:30 PM on Monday, December 11, 2017 in the Chambers, Kitsap County Administration Building.

Written comments submitted in advance of the public hearing were due by 11:59 PM on Sunday, December 10, 2017.

The Board of County Commissioners have extended the public comment period through 5:00 PM on Friday, December 15, 2017 and comments may be submitted:

      • Online via computer or mobile device (preferred method)
      • By email to compplan@co.kitsap.wa.us
      • By mail (see mailing address in side bar)
      • Dropped off at the Department of Community Development (see office location in  side bar)

 
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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.  If the docket allows for the submittal of applications from interested parties, they will be developed during this phase of the process.

What county-sponsored amendments are in development?
More detailed information regarding county-sponsored amendments will be posted here following the completion of the scoping phase (estimate: first week of January).

How can I participate in a county-sponsored amendment?
Public engagement for county-sponsored amendments will vary.  Most county-sponsored amendments will include specific public engagement 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 opportunities for public engagement during this phase of the process, but there will always be public engagement on all proposed amendments during the consideration phase later in this process.

More detailed information regarding county-sponsored amendments will be posted here following the completion of the scoping phase (estimate: first week of January).

What types of applications can be submitted?
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.  The specific types of applications that can be submitted are 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

Detailed application information will be posted here following the completion of the scoping phase (estimate: first week of January).

How can I submit an application?
Detailed application information will be posted here following the completion of the scoping phase (estimate: first week of January).

Applications will be accepted during a short application period (estimate: 4-weeks from mid-January to mid-February).  Applicants for site-specific amendments are required to participate in a 30-minute staff consultation meeting prior to submitting their application.

Application fees for 2018 will be as follows:
      • $350 staff consult meeting for site-specific applications only (non-refundable, can be credited toward the application fee)
      • $90 base fee (non-refundable)
      • $15.60 technology surcharge (non-refundable)
      • $1,560 application fee deposit (based on estimate of average hours to process an application; actual hours incurred will be invoiced monthly; any remaining deposit is refundable)

What happens after I submit an application?
Applications will be reviewed to determine if they are complete.  If an application is found to be incomplete, applicants will be given an opportunity to submit a corrected application.  Upon completion, the Board of County Commissioners will be briefed on the status of all Comprehensive Plan amendments and may choose to make changes to the scope of the process.  (Note: Since the Comprehensive Plan amendment process is legislative, the Board of County Commissioners have full discretion over the scope of the process – they may allow all proposed amendments to proceed 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 (March - 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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QUICK LINKS

What is the Comprehensive Plan?
(coming soon)

2018 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Proposals (coming February 2018)

2018 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Schedule

2018 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Process Diagram

Current 2016 Comprehensive Plan

Comprehensive Plan Archive (coming soon)

 

CONTACT

Department of Community Development
Planning and Environmental Programs

(360) 337-5777 (Kitsap 1)

compplan@co.kitsap.wa.us

Mailing Address

614 Division Street - MS36
Port Orchard, WA 98366

Office Location 

619 Division Street
Port Orchard, Washington