Annual Comprehensive Plan Amendment Process for 2018


Annual Comprehensive Plan Amendment Process for 2018

Kitsap County Department of Community Development

Project Message #3                                                                          January 9, 2018

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1.    Public Input Received - Initial Docket Adopted

The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners adopted the initial docket for the annual Comprehensive Plan amendment process for 2018 (Resolution No. 246-2017) on December 27, 2017.  The initial docket determines what County-sponsored amendments will be developed and allows for certain types of site-specific applications from interested parties.  Visit the online open house to review public comments and learn how they were considered during the scoping phase of this process.

2.    Apply Now for Site-Specific Amendments

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.

Applications for site-specific amendments are limited to the following areas of consideration in 2018:

  • 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.


Application period: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 to 4:00 PM on Tuesday, February 6, 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. 

Where are we in the annual amendment process for 2018?

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


County-sponsored amendments will be in development through March 2018 and include the following:

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

Visit the online open house to learn more about these County-sponsored amendments and how you can participate.  Future project messages will provide more information on these topics.

What will happen next?

The next phase of the process, called the analysis phase, is when staff will 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 public review as well as consideration by the Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners. 

How can I stay informed?

The online open house provides up-to-date information on the process so you can stay current, an archive of the work that has already occurred so you can catch up, and a summary of next steps so you can anticipate when and how to participate.  Email notifications will be sent to everyone that subscribes to Kitsap County’s Comprehensive Plan Update list – SUBSCRIBE NOW to ensure you receive future email notifications. 

 Past Project Messages

#1 Annual Process Opened (11/27/2017)

#2 Comment Period Extended (12/12/2017)



Peter Best, Planner

Department of Community Development

Planning & Environmental Programs

(360) 337-5777 (Kitsap1)


Mailing Address

614 Division Street - MS36
Port Orchard, WA 98366


Office Location

619 Division Street
Port Orchard, Washington

Media Contact: Natalie Marshall


Kitsap County government exists to protect and promote the safety, health and welfare of our citizens in an efficient, accessible and effective manner.



The mission of the Department of Community Development is to enable the development of quality, affordable, structurally safe and environmentally sound communities.


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