Category Archives: Kitsap County

Commentary: Kitsap County Social Marketing Campaign To Remove Shoreline Armor (Bulkheads)

Report by Vivian Henderson (My Interpretation)                  January 21, 2015

January 8, 2015, I pulled up the Agenda for the Commissioners January 12, 2015 meeting and discovered an item I thought to be of great concern to shoreline property owners who have a bulkhead.

It was a Grant in the amount of $365,854 for a contract with “Dept. Fish & Wildlife for a Social Marketing Campaign to remove shoreline armoring . . .” On further investigation I discovered that Futurewise – formerly “1000 Friends of Washington” – is also a major player in the program as is Washington SeaGrant.

It appears the only role DF&W plays in this venture is receiving the money from Kitsap County and distributing it according to the terms of the “Grant Agreement.” Actually the money comes from a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant.

There is much more to the grant than that. I’m working on getting the facts on the grant. Futurewise, and possibly Washington Sea Grant, are what I call “radical” environmentalists.

Futurewise has always been outspoken and hostile about putting the environment above the needs of mankind. Their disregard for property rights and ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ choices people have a right to make for their own benefit – like where they want to live and how to commute to and from work are well known by property rights supporters. Futurewise supports issues completely contrary to the issues Kitsap Alliance supports. They support “Smart Growth”, the ”Growth Management Act”, “sustainable development,” etc.  Continue reading

Kitsap County Social Marketing Campaign to remove shoreline armor

The county believes bulkheads (Shoreline Armoring) deprives beaches of their natural sources of sediment and can degrade the ecological functions of the shoreline. The cumulative impact of numerous bulkheads along a reach of shoreline may be long-term, irreversible loss of habitat and increased erosion on the property of others. Kitsap Shoreline Booklet 

The County proposes to spend a $366,000 Bulkhead Removal Marketing Grant from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to convince 5 shoreline owners to remove their bulkheads.

The purpose of the grant is to persuade 5 homeowners to remove their bulkheads, and substitute a soft bulkhead. Out of a $366,000 grant, $105, 000 goes to the county, $87, 500 goes to Futurewise, $41, 000 goes to Wasgington Sea Grant, $62,000 goes to Geo Tech Surveyors and at best $14,000 goes to an individual home owner.  Continue reading

Shoreline Property Owners Take Action!

Kitsap County’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) was approved by the WA Dept. of Ecology on December 10th, 2014. The effective date is December 24th, 2014.

It is important for all shoreline property owners to document/ photograph the current condition of your shoreline, to establish a baseline condition for no net loss. Continue reading

Kitsap County SMP Update Final Approval

Kitsap County’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) was approved by the Ecology’s Notice of Final Action on Kitsap County Comprehensive Shoreline Master Program Update. The effective date is December 24th, 2014.

Per RCW 90.58.190(2) and RCW 36.70A.290, an interested party may file an appeal with the Growth Management Hearings Board within 60 days of the publication date of Ecology’s written notice of final action. Ecology plans to publish the notice of final action in the Kitsap Sun legal ads on December 22, 2014.


Kitsap County Commissioners to meet on final approval of the Shoreline Master Plan

The Kitsap County Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Update received conditional approval by the Department of Ecology on October 2, 2014. The Board of County Commissioners is scheduled to hold a hearing on adopting the Ecology approval conditions on Monday, November 24th at their regular business meeting (5:30pm, Kitsap County Administration Building, Port Orchard).

Department of Ecology Conditional Approval letter and the Kitsap SMP (Title 22 SMP Final)can also be accessed via the Kitsap SMP website,


Conditional Approval of Kitsap County SMP Update

Kitsap County Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On October 2, 2014, the Department of Ecology provided Kitsap County with required and recommended changes to the county’s proposed comprehensive update of their Shoreline Master Program (SMP).

The changes are based on Ecology’s review of whether or not the proposed update complies with state laws and rules, and a public comment period held June 10 to July 12, 2013. Ecology also held an open house and public hearing at Kitsap County’s Administration Building on June 20, 2013. Approximately 25 people attended the open house and public hearing.

Ecology used mail and email to notify those who had expressed prior interest in the update about the opportunity to comment. Ecology also issued a news release and legal ad to encourage participation and comment. Ecology received 58 comments on the proposed update. The comments focus on a variety of topics ranging from the local public process to specific regulations. The public comments and county’s responses have been incorporated into Attachment A: Findings and Conclusions and are provided within the summary of public comments.

The comprehensive update will revise the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. The required and recommended changes have been sent to the county for their review and response. The county may agree to these changes or offer alternative language. Final Ecology approval will occur when the county and Ecology agree on language that meets state requirements.

Kitsap County’s current shoreline program has not been updated since 1999. Shorelines in under the County’s jurisdiction include over 216 miles of marine shoreline, 22 miles of fresh water streams and 54 miles of lake or associated wetlands. This comprehensive update of the shoreline program recognizes the variety of conditions that exist throughout the County by creating appropriate standards intended to maintain shoreline ecological functions based on the type and intensity of anticipated future development.

Documents related to approval
Note: All documents are PDF.

Director of Ecology’s conditional approval letter, October 2, 2014 (398 KB)
Attachment A: Findings and Conclusions for Proposed Amendments (1,428 KB)
Attachment B: Required Changes (853 KB)
Attachment C: Recommended Changes (1,264 KB)
Attachment D: Responsiveness Summary (1,079 KB)

Locally approved shoreline master program

Ordinance No. 502-2013, January 30, 2013 (1,128 KB)
Kitsap County Shoreline Master Program, Locally Adopted Draft, January 30, 2013 (2,312 KB)

Kitsap County SMP Status

The Washington State Department of Ecology has posted  a summary of the comments that they have received from the public on the Kitsap County SMP. The next step is for the county to respond to these comments. There is no time frame given for the county to respond. The DOE website provides current status.

Response to public comment

Ecology prepared a summary of public comments and sent it to Kitsap County in August. The county will write a response to the public’s comments. The county’s response will be posted here when available. Please check back.

Next steps: Ecology’s decision

Ecology will decide if Kitsap County’s proposed program update meets the requirements of the Shoreline Management Act and the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines. Ecology will decide whether to:

  • Approve the program as is or with recommended changes, or
  • Send the proposed program back to the county with required changes to meet statutory and rule requirements. Recommended changes may also be included with the required changes.
  • Relevant documents will be posted on this website when they become available. Please check back.

Staff contact

Joe Burcar
Washington State Department of Ecology
Northwest Regional Office
3190 160th Avenue SE
Bellevue, Washington 98008
(425) 649-7145