There is a significant portion of Bremerton’s shoreline residential properties that were built over fifty years ago; most are small by today’s standards and limited by urban lot size. The Bremerton Planning Commission is considering a Shoreline Master Program regulation that will have a significant economic impact if not revised. This issue is remodeling and rebuilding.
While the ability to rebuild a house destroyed by natural disaster within a year is minimally impacted, The City places burdens on the owner who wants to perform a significant remodel. If the projected remodel will cost more than 75% of the assessed value of the structure, the owner will be required to bring the house up to current codes including new buffers and setbacks. Factored into the calculation of the 75 % assessment value “all repair and maintenance work conducted within a five (5) year period on the structure shall be included in the calculation.”
Rebuilding in the same footprint will no longer be an option, and the foundation will have to be moved to conform. In many cases for a severely run down house, rebuilding will not be a feasible option. It is counter to the best economic interests of the community to severely restrict some of the city’s most attractive property.
Property buyers will go to a areas that are more accommodating, Shoreline property values and associated taxbase will be depressed. If shoreline property values are depressed the taxes on the upland properties will necessarily rise to make up the difference.
Let your opinions be known,
the Planning Commission hearing is Tues May 29 at 5:30.
20.16.670 Nonconforming Structures:
(b) Expansion: A nonconforming structure may be enlarged or extended provided the enlargement complies with the applicable setback; height, lot coverage, and other site development requirements of the Shoreline Master Program and the Zoning Code provided such work does not restore the structure from substantial destruction.
Substantial Destruction: For the purpose of this chapter, “substantial destruction” means the repair or replacement of a building or structure which exceeds one of the following:
(1) Seventy five percent (75%) of the assessed value of the structure as determined by the Kitsap County Assessor.