Kitsap County is testing FlashVote, a new way for the county to engage the community and gather valuable input from residents. FlashVote allows people to sign up and give their opinion on topics important to the Kitsap County community. "We are interested to see if this is a good way to engage residents on current issues," said Doug Bear, the County's Communication Manager. "This is a quick and easy way for residents to give their opinion on current issues," Bear added.
Sign up at flashvote.com/kitsap, or on the phone by calling 775.235.2240. It takes less than a minute to sign up!
When youi sign up you decide how to get your surveys. You can choose to have them sent by email, text message, or phone call. Surveys are short, usually 3-5 questions, and typically take about a minute or two to complete. You get a notification when there is a new survey and have 48 hours to share you opinion. Once closed, all participants receive a summary of the results.
Personal or demographic information collected by FlashVote is not shared with Kitsap County or anyone else.
The first survey is coming soon! Help us see if this is a good way to get your opinion on the topics that matter most.
Four nonelected members were appointed to serve on the Kitsap Public Health Board, as required by a new state law. Learn more about these community and tribal representatives and the new health board structure at the press release from the Kitsap Public Health District here.
Kitsap County Public Works invites you to an online presentation to learn about design updates for the new road maintenance and household hazardous waste collection facility planned near the intersection of Bond Road NE (SR307) and NE Gunderson Road.
Join us Thursday, September 29!
The intersection at NW Anderson Hill Road, Provost Road NW, and Old Frontier Road NW in central Kitsap County will be closed during overnight hours to facilitate paving work:
Removing old sections of pavement can be loud and disruptive and crews will work quickly and efficiently to minimize night time noise. Inclement weather could delay paving and striping. For more information regarding this intersection improvement project visit the project page.
(Port Orchard, WA) — Appraisers from the Kitsap County Assessor’s Office are now conducting on-site inspections throughout Central Kitsap. Washington State Law (RCW 84.41.030) requires inspections of all real property throughout the county at least once every six years.
The inspections of Central Kitsap should be completed by April 2023. If an appraiser from the office attempts to make contact with you, please understand that they are trying to verify the characteristics of your property to ensure the accuracy of our data. Due to the high volume of inspections our appraisers are conducting, we are unable to accommodate appointments.
Our appraisers do not drive county vehicles; however their vehicles are marked with the proper county identification on both sides. Appraisers should be easily identifiable with high visible vests with the county logo. Other verification options are to request to see individual credentials, contact our office at 360.337.7160, or check our inspection area progress map on our website at: http://www.kitsap.gov/assessor.
As part of early public outreach, Kitsap County will hold a series of virtual public meetings this fall to discuss the upcoming update to the Comprehensive Plan. These meetings cover a number of key topics including land use, economic development, housing, environmental and climate change, the Silverdale Regional Center, transportation and capital facilities.
Each meeting begins at 6 p.m. on the following dates:
Go to the project website at kcowa.us/compplan for more information and links to join these virtual meetings.
Each meeting will include a presentation and then attendees can choose to join interactive break-out groups to share their thoughts on issues and opportunities in Kitsap related to the topic of the evening. These may be shared verbally, through facilitated discussion or written in the chat option of the Zoom meeting.
The Comprehensive Plan helps guide County decision making in addressing population and job growth, environmental protection and infrastructure investments through 2044. This includes the potential for new development, what it may look like and how it impacts our communities.
For more information about the update, please visit the project website at kcowa.us/compplan. This site is updated regularly with upcoming public meetings, interactive surveys, policy questions, story maps on planning concepts, draft documents and other informational materials.
If you have any specific questions, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kitsap1 at (360) 337-5777 and ask for Planning and Environmental Programs.
(Port Orchard, WA) - Local fire officials are making a special plea for the public to use extreme caution with all potential ignition sources as the coming weekend's weather conditions are expected to cause a spike in fire danger. The forecast includes high temperatures into the 90s, combined with low humidity and easterly winds. The National Weather Service posted a "Red Flag Warning" for exceptionally dangerous fire conditions for Friday through Sunday, but the situation is expected to change by Monday when a more normal fall weather pattern is forecast.
A Stage One Outdoor Burn Ban, prohibiting all but recreational fires, went into effect August 5. Rather than impose a more stringent burn ban for this weekend alone, the Kitsap County Fire Marshal is partnering with the Kitsap County Fire Chiefs to ask the public to be especially careful.
"This would be a good weekend to forego recreational fires or any other activities that could result in a fire," said Kitsap County Fire Marshal David Lynam.
Recreational fires are those in designated fire pits or appliances, less than 3 feet in diameter and burning only dry, seasoned wood. Between 80 to 90 percent of all wildfires are sparked by human activity. The most common cause is escaped outdoor fires.
"There are resources available to respond to any fires that might break out, but the best way to keep Kitsap safe is to keep fires from starting. To do that, we need the public's help," Lyman added
For more information on outdoor burning, go to kcowa.us/burnban or contact your local fire department.
Joining in a global effort to raise awareness about suicide, reduce associated stigmas and share information about suicide and mental health crisis prevention, the Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board, Kitsap County Suicide Prevention & Awareness Group, The Coffee Oasis and Olympic Educational Service District 114 invite everyone to World Suicide Prevention Day from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Kitsap County Administration Building, 619 Division St., Port Orchard.
This special event features community information tables for youth and adults, a panel discussion with local mental health experts, opportunities for the public to interact, and guest speakers including Kitsap legislators. There will also be a table of honor beads in different colors that those attending can choose from to show their personal connection to the cause. A candlelight vigil outside the building will close the day.
The theme for 2022 World Suicide Prevention Day is 'Creating hope through action,' reflecting on the need for collective efforts to address this urgent public health issue. Family members, friends, co-workers, community members, educators, religious leaders, healthcare professionals, political officials and governments can take action to prevent suicide. Be the light for those in need and learn what can be done to help others and possibly save a life with these suggestions to take time to reach out.
To view and print the event flyer, click here.
Find information and resources on suicide prevention and awareness, including local crisis lines, at kcowa.us/suicideprevention.
A section of Silverdale Way NW between NW Bucklin Hill Road and NW Anderson Hill Road has reached the end of its useful life. Kitsap County Public Works road crews will repair and replace asphalt on both the northbound and southbound lanes during overnight hours when traffic volumes are lower.
There will be nightly single-lane closures on Silverdale Way NW from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 14 through 7 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19. One lane of traffic will remain open with flaggers in place to help guide travelers.
Please use caution when traveling through the area, especially at night. Removing old sections of pavement can be loud and disruptive and crews will work quickly and efficiently to minimize nighttime noise. Inclement weather could delay paving and striping.
Contact: Eirik O'Neal, Roads Education and Outreach Coordinator, 360.337.4568, email@example.com
Kitsap County Department of Public Works Roads Division assures that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or sex, as provided by Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and as amended, and the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 (P.I. 100.259) be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance from the Washington State Department of Transportation. For more information visit our Title VI page.
Kitsap County Parks is pleased to present the revised draft of the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park Framework, formerly known as the master plan. Edits are based on review, comments and suggested changes to the original draft framework received from the public, Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, Suquamish Tribe, focus groups, the Parks Advisory Board, project steering committee, Port Gamble Stewards, Kitsap County staff and County Commissioners.
Due to technical challenges, the documents could not be uploaded to the project site and are instead posted to the Kitsap County Parks website. Please note in the newly released draft documents, new text and changes made are indicated in red text within the documents. The original draft framework, comments matrix and frequently asked questions are posted and available on the project website here.
This revised draft framework will go before the Board of County Commissioners on August 22, 2022 for deliberations and potential approval.
Visit the project website for background on this planning effort, maps and other reference materials at portgambleforestpark.com.
Kitsap County Commissioners proclaimed August 7-13 as Kitsap County Farmers Market Week, in conjunction with National Farmers Market Week.
Farmers markets benefit our communities and economy, providing access to healthy, locally produced food. Markets are also outlets for new small businesses to generate revenue, supporting the sustainability of family farms and building connections between rural and urban communities. Read the proclamation and learn about Kitsap farmers market at https://bit.ly/KitsapFarmersMarkets.
August 5, 2022
In an effort to increase public participation and receive additional requests for amendments to the 2024 Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan, the deadline for submittals is extended through Sept. 15, 2022.
Public requests for reclassifications and other amendments may include urban growth area sizing, property zoning, goals and polices as well as County Code. Examples could include:
Submission forms, along with a link to schedule a virtual appointment with staff to answer submittal and process questions, are available at the Comprehensive Plan Update website at kcowa.us/compplan.
Kitsap County began soliciting requests last June in an effort to increase public participation and receive specific requests for amendments as early in the process as possible. Proposals will be reviewed for potential inclusion in land-use alternatives or draft documents that will be approved by December 31, 2024.
The Comprehensive Plan establishes the direction for Kitsap in addressing land use, environmental protections, employment, housing, transportation, and other facility and service priorities over the next 20 years. The Board of County Commissioners use this document to guide decisions on policy, County Code, and development review.
For more information, to sign up to receive Comprehensive Plan updates and notice of opportunities for public input, visit kcowa.us/compplan or contact Colin Poff at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 337-7181.
Kitsap County will hold a virtual public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, August 18 to discuss the upcoming update to the Comprehensive Plan. Visit the project website at kcowa.us/compplan for the Zoom link to join.
The Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan helps guide decision making in addressing population and job growth, environmental protection and infrastructure investments through 2044. This includes the potential for new development, what it may look like and how it impacts our communities. Beyond the usual requirements of the Plan, this update will emphasize housing affordability and climate change impacts.
At the upcoming meeting, staff will review the update process, key milestones and ways for the public to participate and provide feedback at various stages. Public input will be critical in this update, which concludes in 2024.
For more information on the Comprehensive Plan Update, please visit the project website at kcowa.us/compplan. The site is updated regularly with upcoming public meeting information, interactive surveys, policy questions, story maps on planning concepts, draft documents and other informational materials. The site also includes a link to sign up to receive related news and updates via email and text.
Send specific questions and comments to email@example.com or call Kitsap1 at (360) 337-5777 and ask for Planning and Environmental Programs.
August 3, 2022
The Kitsap County Fire Marshal announced a Stage One ban on outdoor burning starting midnight, Friday, August 5.
Outdoor burning is prohibited under the ban and burning permits are suspended. Most outdoor burning is prohibited with a few exceptions including:
Recreational burning includes small fires for cooking, religious, or similar purposes, less than three feet in diameter in fire pits, fireplaces, or outdoor appliances.
"The elevated temperatures last week dried fuels to a seasonal level making the ban on larger outdoor fires necessary," says David Lynam, Kitsap County Fire Marshal.
Lynam does not expect to lift the ban until typical fall weather brings rainfall to the area.
Those who have recreational fires are asked to always have a sufficient water source handy to put the fire out. Never leave any fire unattended as even small recreational fires can spread to surrounding areas.
Stay up to date on current burn bans at the Kitsap County Fire Marshal's site: kcowa.us/burnban.
Registered voters in Kitsap County will begin receiving ballots for the 2022 Primary. The 2022 Primary includes 65 candidates in 18 races for federal, statewide, state legislative and county races. The top two candidates in each race advance to the General Election.
Registered voters who have not received their ballots by Thursday, July 21, can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (360) 337-7128 to ask for a replacement.
The county's 25 drop boxes open Friday, July 15, and will remain open until 8 p.m., Election Day, August 2. Voters can find the locations for all drop boxes at kcowa.us/vote.
Voter registration is available online at VoteWA.gov for residents with a Washington Driver's License until July 25. Residents can register in person at the Kitsap County Administration Building in the Elections Office at 619 Division Street in Port Orchard or at one of the three vote centers.
The Vote Centers are open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 30 and Monday, August 1. On Election Day, August 2 the vote centers are open 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. The Port Orchard Vote Center will be in the Commissioners' Chambers of the Kitsap County Administration Building at 619 Division Street. In Bremerton the Vote Center is in the Marvin Williams Recreation Center at 725 Park Avenue. In Poulsbo the Vote Center is at the Poulsbo Fire Station, 911 Liberty Road.
The public is welcome to observe ballot processing in person in the Elections Office in Port Orchard, or online at Kitsap.gov/elections. The Elections Division will host a training for ballot observers at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 16 in the Commissioners Chambers in the County Administration Building, 619 Division Street in Port Orchard. The meeting will also be recorded and posted online at Kitsap.gov/elections. The training will review what to look for and rules for observers.
This study is a continuation of a series of efforts to advance the North Sound to Olympics (NSTO) Trail feasibility analysis. In 2011, the North Kitsap community completed an extensive grass-roots process to explore and identify how to link their communities and access parks and open spaces. This effort resulted in the “String of Pearls” plan, which was adopted by the County Commissioners and incorporated into the County’s Non-Motorized Facility Plan (2013, 18). Go the project page to learn more!
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Date: June 30, 2022
(Port Orchard, WA) - The Kitsap County Human Resources Office is closed for in-person transactions until Tuesday, July 5. Please use our online services.Visit our website for services. (Human Resources (kitsapgov.com)
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The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park Draft Master Plan at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 11 in the Kitsap County Administration Building, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard, and virtually via Zoom. This takes place during the Commissioners' regular business meeting. Written and verbal testimony will be taken on the draft master plan released earlier this year. No decision is expected at this meeting.
The Master Plan, renamed Framework as a result of public input, was developed over the last two years as a guiding document for future discussions of conservation, restoration, recreation and education opportunities within Kitsap County's 3,500-acre Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park. The draft framework acknowledges ongoing efforts such as the mountain biking ride park, Sound-to-Olympics Trail and Stottlemeyer trailhead, and proposes discussion of a 33-acre recreation and education campus adjacent to the ride park in the northwest portion of the park.
Other elements include updates to the trail system to create more loop trails while decommissioning trails that impact the environment or provide little meaningful access. The framework also details conservation priorities for a majority of the park acreage with an emphasis on timber acquisition, restoration and passive recreation.
Also available for review and comment are a matrix of previous public comments on the draft plan including staff responses, and a frequently asked questions brochure. These documents, the draft plan and additional information on the park, the planning process and other proposals may be found at https://portgambleforestpark.com under the 'Draft Plan' and 'Reference Materials Library' tabs.
The Board of County Commissioners' meeting agenda for July 11, including the Zoom link to attend virtually, will be available here.
Go to https://www.kitsapgov.com/pw/Documents/NW%20Bucklin%20Hill%20Road%20Single%20Lane%20Closures%20July%206%20-%2015%20Flyer.pdf for more information about these closures.
Date: June 28, 2022
(Port Orchard, WA) - Consumer fireworks sales at stands and locations across Kitsap County, Port Orchard, Bremerton, and Poulsbo began today at noon. Fireworks are available for purchase from licensed retailers between now and the 4th of July. The sale or discharge of fireworks is prohibited on Bainbridge Island.
Fireworks can be discharged legally only on the 4th of July, between 11:AM and 11 PM.
David Lynam, Kitsap County's Fire Marshal, joins with the Kitsap County Fire Chiefs Association in wishing everyone a happy and safe fourth of July celebration and recommends that fireworks should be enjoyed by leaving them to the professionals – and enjoying either the Kingston or Port Orchard firework shows.
Lynam recommends that if you choose to use consumer fireworks – buy them from one of the local retailers, that way you can be sure to have only those items legal for sale and discharge. Some Tribal stands sell fireworks legal to discharge on Tribal land, but illegal off Tribal land. Use this chart to help ensure you purchase fireworks that are legal for where you plan to discharge them.
Lynam also adds that the fire situation is very different than last year. “Weather this year is anticipated to be cooler, overcast and perhaps a little shower or two,” said Lynam. “Although fire danger is decreased due to the abnormally cool, wet weather this spring – a busy season is still anticipated,” said Lynam.
Report firework emergencies to 9-1-1. To report non-emergency complaints or concerns use this online form. Learn more about fireworks and firework safety at the State Fire Marshal’s website, at the Kitsap 911 website, or the County’s Fire Marshal’s website.
David Lynam, Kitsap County Fire Marshal360.337.5777 or DLynam@kitsap.gov
Date: June 27, 2022
(Port Orchard, WA) - The Kitsap County Treasurer's Office is closed for in-person transactions until Tuesday, July 5. Please use our online services or the drobox located outside the County Administration Building this week. Staff is available by email and by phone. Internal County Departments may bring bagged deposits to the office during standard business hours.Visit our website for services. (Treasurer Department (kitsapgov.com)
Meredith Green, Treasurertreasurer@kitsap.gov or 360.337.7135
Kitsap County Public Works Sewer Utility Division is proposing an increase to the fee for new connections to all Kitsap County owned sewer systems. The Newcomer’s Assessment set in 2021 is $6,481 per equivalent residential unit (ERU). The proposed fee for 2022 based on current data is $7,020 per ERU.
The newcomer fee is calculated on the current data of net present value of the sewer system, ten years of existing debt interest, growth portion of the six-year capital facilities plan, and the available capacity of the sewer system.
The resolution for the fee increase will be presented at a public hearing at 5:30 PM on Monday, June 27 at the regular business meeting of the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners. The proposed fee would go into effect August 1, 2022.
Attendance options are person or via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83065062878. By phone, dial 1-253-215-8782; Webinar ID: 830 6506 2878. Start times are estimated and subject to change. Agenda items may be taken out of order.
For more information on the Sewer Utility Division and current sewer rates and fees, visit kitsap.gov/pw.
Kitsap County Public Works invites you to an in-person and virtual Open House to learn about the feasibility analysis for the North Sound To Olympics Trail (NSTO).
Kitsap County kicks off its 2024 Comprehensive Plan update this summer. The plan establishes the direction for Kitsap in addressing land use, environmental protections, employment, housing, transportation, and other facility and service priorities over the next 20 years. The Board of County Commissioners uses this document to guide decisions on policy, County Code and development review.
In an effort to expand public participation and receive specific requests for amendments as early in the process as possible, the Board is soliciting proposals for changes to the Comprehensive Plan including urban growth area sizing, property zoning, goals and polices as well as County Code. Examples could include:
This will be just one of many opportunities for the public to participate in the 2024 update.
The period for submitting proposals begins June 6 and runs through August 18, 2022. Proposals will be reviewed for potential inclusion in land use alternatives or draft documents to be approved by December 31, 2024.
Land use change forms and a link to schedule a virtual appointment with staff to answer submittal and process questions, as well as other information, can be found here.
To learn more, please visit the 2024 Comprehensive Plan Update website and the Comprehensive Plan storyboard. For more information, contact Colin Poff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-337-7181.
The 2022 theme of this Older Americans Month in May is Age My Way, an opportunity to explore the many ways older adults can remain in and be involved with their communities. Several virtual presentations hosted by Kitsap County Aging and Long Term Care take place this month.
For questions or help registering, call 360-337-5700, 1-800-562-6418 or Email: email@example.com and check https://www.agingkitsap.com for more information.
In what has become a time-honored observance by veterans across Kitsap County since 2011, the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners, Kitsap County Coroner's Office, Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board and Combat Veterans International, with support from the City of Port Orchard, host The Unforgotten, Run to Tahoma Celebration of Life Ceremony on Memorial Day weekend.
Veterans will gather at the County Administration Building plaza, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard, for a brief ceremony that begins promptly at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 28 to honor the lives and service of their fallen comrades.
The Unforgotten, Run to Tahoma commemorates five deceased veterans who passed away in Kitsap County in the last year, whose remains were unclaimed by their families. The remains of these veterans will be received from the Kitsap County Coroner and escorted to Tahoma National Cemetery near Kent in a formal processional including local veteran motorcycle clubs. The public is invited to attend the ceremony and participate in the processional.
The ceremony at the Administration Building is expected to attract hundreds of people this year as COVID restrictions have lifted. Organizers ask for the public’s patience and understanding as the motorcycle processional departs Division Street and makes its way down Sydney Avenue to Tremont Street on its way to Highway 16 at about 11 a.m. For those who wish to travel to the cemetery, instructions will be provided at the Administration Building before departure.
To learn more about the Run to Tahoma click here. For more information on veterans assistance, the Veterans Advisory Board and other resources for veterans in Kitsap County, click here
April 20, 2022
Olympic View Transfer Station remains closed Thursday and Friday, April 21 and 22.
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Postpone your visit if possible. We are increasing trash haul-out service at open facilities to accommodate increased customers and trash, but may reach capacity and periodically turn away customers.
At this time, all waste pickup service providers plan to operate normally. This could change. Kitsap County does not provide home collection services. Please, contact your provider directly with any concerns, and continue to check your provider's webpage for any updates:
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A second part of the garbage compactor failed at the Olympic View Transfer Station. This has reduced the amount of waste that can be processed. The facility is processing waste as quickly as possible, but needs to reduce incoming trash in order to keep up.
Crews are working on repairs and have no estimate as to when they will be completed. Thank you for your understanding and patience. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.
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Date: April 19, 2022
(Port Orchard, WA) - The Kitsap County Fire Marshal’s Office concluded that the fire at 28826 Falkner that claimed the life of Ariel Nieman on March 19, 2022, was an accident. Investigators believe that the fire originated in the front SW corner of the attached garage and quickly spread throughout the building including the areas where Ariel was sleeping.The fast-spreading fire was caused by poor electrical connections in a 240-volt circuit and extension cord supplying electric power to an air compressor. There were no smoke alarms or CO detectors in the building at the time of the fire.
“This fire is a tragic incident that still happens way too often in our community," according to County Fire Marshal David Lynam. "Smoke alarms don’t guarantee your survival in a fire – but your chances of making it out double with working smoke alarms,” Lynam added.
David Lynam, Kitsap County Fire Marshal360l.337.5777 or DLynam@kitsap.gov
Postpone your visit if possible. We are increasing trash haul-out service at the open facility to accommodate increased customers and trash, but may reach capacity and periodically turn away customers.
The failure of another part of the garbage compactor at the Olympic View Transfer Station has drastically reduced the amount of waste that can be processed. The facility is processing waste as quickly as possible, but needs to reduce incoming trash in order to keep up.
Crews are working on repairs and have no estimate as to when they will be completed. We anticipate reopening this week. Thank you for your understanding and patience. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.
Postpone your visit if possible. We are increasing trash haul-out service at open facilities to accommodate increased customers and trash, but may reach capacity and periodically turn away customers.
At this time, all waste pickup service providers plan to operate normally. This could change. Continue to check your provider's webpage for updates:
A catastrophic failure of another part of the garbage compactor at the Olympic View Transfer Station has drastically reduced the amount of waste that can be processed. The facility is processing waste as quickly as possible, but needed to reduce incoming trash in order to keep up.
Crews are working to repair and have no estimate as to when they will be completed. We anticipate reopening early this week.
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Please continue to check for closures before visiting any waste facility. Thank you for your understanding and patience. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.