The 2015 Kitsap County Buildable Lands Report (BLR) is now available for review and comment. This report is a key component of the 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update.
The Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA) requires Kitsap and five other counties to prepare a BLR (RCW 36.70A.215). The purpose of the BLR is to determine if the County and its Cities are achieving planned urban densities and if sufficient land is available to accommodate the next 20 years of residential and employment growth.
Comments on the draft BLR will be accepted until January 31, 2015. The report is available at http://compplan.kitsapgov.com/Pages/home.aspx . Click on the “Comment” block on the right to provide your comments. Individuals who do not have access to a computer and wish to view a hard copy should contact Kitsap 1 for further guidance. For more information on the Draft BLR, please contact Kitsap 1 at 360.337.5777.
Growth Conclusions of the 2014 Buildable Lands Report:
According to the Washington Office of Financial Management (OFM), between 2006 and 2012 the Kitsap County resident population grew by 10,4511 persons.
The majority of this growth occurred in incorporated cities. Countywide population growth grew more slowly than anticipated. The Countywide Planning Policies (CPPs) predicted an average annual growth rate of 1.44 percent over the course of the 20-year planning period. Countywide, actual average annual population growth during the past seven years was 0.70 percent.The cities of Port Orchard and Poulsbo experienced the largest population growth.
Kitsap County and the cities cumulatively permitted 5,527 new housing units from 2006-20122. The majority of these new units were permitted in unincorporated Kitsap County.
Countywide, new single family units accounted for 89.6 percent3 of new units while multi-family units 10.4 percent of new units permitted.
Countywide, 67.16 percent of all new permitted housing units were in cities or UGAs and 33 percent were in unincorporated rural areas. The 2006-2012 urban share of new permitted housing units increased significantly from the previous 5-year period—from 57 percent (2000-2005) to 67 percent (2006-2012). The 67 percent total countywide share of new urban housing unit growth, however, still appears short of the adopted 76 percent CPP urban population growth target.
Nevertheless, the data show that there has been significant progress toward this 20-year goal since the 2006 BLR.