Commissioners to hold hearings on the Critical Areas Ordinance

(Port Orchard, WA)  The Board of County Commissioners is scheduled to hold three public hearings on the Draft Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO). These hearings follow a public review period in March, Planning Commission hearings in April/May, and Planning Commission Findings and Recommendations on June 6, 2017.

The hearings on the Critical Areas Ordinance will be on the following dates:

Tuesday, June 20, Poulsbo City Hall
(200 NW Moe Street, Poulsbo, WA 98370)- SPECIAL MEETING

  • Open House @ 4:30 PM
  • Hearing @ 5:30 PM

Wednesday, June 21, Silverdale Water District
(5300  NW Newberry Hill Road, Suite #100, Silverdale, WA 98383)- SPECIAL MEETING

  • Open House @ 9:00 AM
  • Hearing @ 10:00 AM

Monday, June 26, Commissioners Chambers, Kitsap County Administrative Building (619 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA 98466)

  • Open House @ 4:30 PM
  • Hearing @ 5:30 PM

The Kitsap County Critical Areas Ordinance 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.

Questions ask the County Commissioners:

  1. What are the Threatened and Endangered Species that the county is trying to protect? The county does not identify critical species.
  2. Where are the Critical Species?  The county defines Wildlife conservation areas but doesn’t designate where they are.
  3. How are we to protect them? The county does not state how they propose to protect the Critical species. Specific buffers and restrictions are not defined.
  4. The county requires costly professional surveys to identify and categorize wetlands then imposes generic buffers. It doesn’t tailor the buffer requirements to the specific wetland. Use site specific buffers.
  5. The county has no program to establish what wetland and wildlife conditions exist. Establish a baseline.
  6. The county has no monitoring program to measure the effectiveness of protective measures.
  7. The Enforcement Right of entry paragraph 100.17.065 violates state law. Comply with RCW 59.18.150 Searches by code enforcement officials for inspection  purposes.
  8. Suquamish salmon studies has identified unfiltered storm water runoff is a major factor in returning salmon die off. Support programs that identify and resolve problems rather than place passive restrictions on landowners.
  9. Who are the knowledgeable personnel that administer this program? Establish a training and accreditation program for DCD personnel.

More information is available on the County’s CAO webpage .

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