City of Bainbridge Island Site Assessment Review Will be Required starting in October

NOTICE: Beginning October 1, 2017, a completed Site Assessment Review (SAR) will be required prior to the submission of most Land Use or Building applications. In December 2016, the City Council adopted new stormwater regulations and policies related to Low Impact Development (LID) techniques, as required through the National Pollutant  Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit. The required SAR process (Chapter 15.19 of the BIMC) gives […] Read more »

Plan in hand, how will we grow?

John Powers for the KPBJ The Washington State Growth Management Act was enacted in 1990. Its primary purpose is to ensure that local governments, both county and municipal, effectively manage anticipated growth within their respective jurisdictions in terms of land use policies and regulations, as well as planning for critical transportation and public works infrastructure to support projected growth. To comply with the GMA, local […] Read more »

Dept of Commerce seeks input on civilian-military land use in Washington

The Washington State Department of Commerce (Commerce) is gathering information and input on civilian-military land use as part of an ongoing statewide effort to promote mutual compatibility. Last year Commerce released a preliminary review of nationwide best practices on civilian-military land use, co-produced through the Urban and Regional Planning program at Eastern Washington University (EWU). Commerce revised the preliminary nationwide review (based on comments received […] Read more »

County seeks input on land use alternatives in Comp Plan update

(Port Orchard, WA) – The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners will hold three Public Hearings, one in each commissioner district, to accept public input on the draft land-use alternative staff recommends for the Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan update. “Developing a preferred land-use map from the three alternatives is imperative for Kitsap County because land-use decisions have such direct impacts on the topics that are so […] Read more »

Vision Port Orchard Update & mySidewalk

Progress Report The Port Orchard City Council and Planning Commission have published the latest handout that was distributed at the April 23rd meeting. The meeting started with a progress report on the City’s work towards updating the Comprehensive Plan and then invited specific feedback on the language of the Plan. Many people raised points about the Land Use, Housing, and Economic Development chapters that will be addressed […] Read more »