Annual Comprehensive Plan Amendment Process for 2018


Annual Comprehensive Plan Amendment Process for 2018

Kitsap County Department of Community Development

Project Message #4                                                                          April 18, 2018

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Final Docket of Amendments Adopted

The Board of County Commissioners reviewed the status of the Comprehensive Plan amendments on March 28, 2018 and April 4, 2018 and adopted the final docket of amendments (Resolution No. 064-2018) that will continue forward in the annual Comprehensive Plan amendment process for 2018.  One County-sponsored amendment was added.  No amendments were removed.

Where are we in the annual amendment process for 2018?

We are currently completing the second phase of the annual amendment process, called the development phase, when site-specific applications were submitted and County-sponsored amendments (including alternatives, if appropriate) were developed. 

County-sponsored amendments 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
  • Limited textual amendments as may be needed to improve the clarity of the Comprehensive Plan without changing the intent of the Plan.

 Visit the Online Open House to learn more about the site-specific applications and County-sponsored amendments.

What will happen next?

The next phase of the process, called the analysis phase, is when staff will analyze the Comprehensive Plan amendments through the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review process and the preparation of staff reports.  SEPA review will evaluate the probable environmental impacts of each amendment.  Staff reports will analyze amendments for consistency with state law, the Comprehensive Plan, and the decision criteria in Kitsap County Code Chapter 21.08.  Staff reports will include recommendations for approval, approval with modifications, approval with conditions, deferral to a subsequent year, or denial.  A notice of application, notice of SEPA threshold determination, and notice of public hearing are likely to be published in early June.  Notification signs will also be posted on properties subject to site-specific amendments. 


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. 

What is the annual amendment process and timeline?

The amendment process includes four phases:

  • Phase 1 – Scoping (November – December 2018)
  • Phase 2 – Development (January – April 2018)
  • Phase 3 – Analysis (April – June 2018)
  • Phase 4 – Consideration (June – December 2018)

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)

#3 Docket Adopted/Accepting Applications (1/9/2018)


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