Kitsap County: Buildable Lands Report, Shoreline Master Program updates, and northern access to the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park

The following are from Commissioner Rob Gelder’s 5 Feb. 2021 North Kitsap Commissioner Newsletter:

“Buildable Lands Report, Shoreline Master Program updates
     Two very important projects are underway at the Department of Community Development that can have an impact on future development in the county. These state-mandated efforts must be submitted to the State by June 30, 2021.

“Buildable Lands Report
     The Buildable Lands Report looks back at development patterns and population growth targets to determine if they went as planned. It also includes an assessment of whether there is enough land capacity in urban areas to accommodate predicted growth and affordable housing in the future. It provides an opportunity to course correct any issues and lays the foundation for a future update to the County’s comprehensive plan. Much more information is available at the project webpage. For questions, contact Liz Williams, at or (360)337-5777.

“Shoreline Master Program update
     The Shoreline Master Program (SMP) is a comprehensive plan guiding the development, conservation, and restoration of Kitsap County’s shoreline. The SMP includes goals, policies, and regulations consistent with the Shoreline Management Act of 1971.The most recent comprehensive review of the SMP was completed in December 2014. The state requires a review of the SMP every eight years to align it with applicable state laws and guidelines in effect at the time of the review; assure consistency of the SMP with the County’s comprehensive plan and development regulations; and provide existing code clarifications to improve usability and predictability for applicants and reviewers. More information can be found at the SMP webpage.”

“New easement for Port Gamble Ride Park access
     Over the last several years, Kitsap County and its community partners have worked to develop a northern access to the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park and future mountain bike ride park. To develop the property, Kitsap County first needed connections to existing roadways through property owned by Olympic Property Group. The county was able to negotiate an easement for motorized and non-motorized vehicles and pedestrians to access Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park via Carver Drive off Gamble Way.”

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