Kitsap County News Release

Kitsap County Seeking Initial Comments on Draft Update to the Critical Areas Ordinance

March 1, 2017

Contact Information: Kathlene Barnhart, 
Planner Kitsap County DCD Planning and Environmental Programs Division

Kitsap County Seeking Initial Comments on Draft Update to the Critical Areas Ordinance

ounty launches online open house with draft code for review

(Port Orchard, WA) - The Kitsap County Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) 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; and
  • Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas

The Kitsap Board of County Commissioners wishes to provide the public an opportunity to view the required and recommended changes. This initial comment period will be open March 1-31, 2017. Additional opportunity to comment will follow, leading up to the Planning Commission hearings in late April / early May.  Adoption is scheduled by June 30, 2017. A full schedule, including public open houses, is available on the County website.

If you would be interested in scheduling a presentation for your organization, please contact Kathlene Barnhart at

In addition, the County will be providing a new online Open House, available from the County website, 24/7.  Draft documents, summaries, and electronic commenting are provided along-side interactive maps and links. The public is encouraged to visit and utilize the quick and efficient online commenting form.

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