Critical Areas Ordinance Update

What’s New

The Growth Management Hearings Board released its Final Decision and Order on October 30, 2018. The Board dismissed a Petition for Review filed by the Kitsap County Association of Realtors and other parties challenging the Critical Areas Ordinance update. You may read the entire decision here.

City Council passed Ordinance 2018-01 adopting the Critical Areas Ordinance update on February 27, 2018.  The updated ordinance will take effect on April 23, 2018.

Critical Areas Ordinance - 2018 Update

A frequently asked questions (FAQ) (PDF) document is available.

Background documents available for review include:

Summary Sheets

Two summary sheets are available to provide a quick look at proposed changes in the critical areas ordinance:

Critical Areas Ordinance Summary Sheet (PDF) - Provides a high-level overview of proposed changes throughout the ordinance.

Native Vegetation Protection Area (PDF) - Answers the questions, "Where did the idea come from?" and "What is it and where does it apply?" about the new Native Vegetation Protection Area (NVPA) requirement in the critical aquifer recharge areas section (BIMC 16.20.100).

Helpful Resources

Draft Documents

Background Information

Supporting information for the CAO update includes:

Schedule & Opportunities for Public Input

Public participation is invited throughout the CAO update process. Check this page for updated project information, timelines, draft documents and meeting notices. You may also join an email listserv to receive timely project notifications: Notify Me

If you have questions or comments regarding this project please contact Senior City Planner Christy Carr via email or at 206-780-3719.