Silverdale Design District - Waaga Way Town Center

​The purpose of design standards is to guide the general character and the look and feel of a designated area, this includes: structures, landscaping, signage, etc.
Standards are baseline requirements for the design of development projects.  Some guidelines are recommendations that are intended to further define the desired character of development within the districts.


Typically projects are designed from the requirements of Kitsap County Code, Title 17 Zoning (Title 17.420.050) however since your parcel falls within one of Kitsap County’s design districts you will also need to follow the standards shown below.  If there is a conflict in requirements the more restrictive will apply.

Waaga Way Town Center is intended to include a compatible mix of office/retail, business and residential uses. Developments in this area should be constructed in a coordinated park-like setting using landscaping and open spaces where appropriate. Businesses should be oriented toward pedestrian and bicycle pathways, transit facilities, recreational trails and gathering areas. Such development shall include an integrated system of pedestrian and bicycle pathways to ensure their compatibility with vehicular traffic in the area. Architecture shall be distinct and draw focus to business entrances and intersections with public streets and interior access roads.

​Waaga Way Town Center design standards

​Waaga Way Town Center map

1.3 Standards & Guidelines
The Silverdale Design Guidelines are composed primarily of Community Design Guidelines—the larger scale design principles that address overall development patterns, circulation, building configurations as well as mass, bulk, height, landscaping and setbacks and the Standards that implement the Guidelines. They address how districts relate to one another and the entire downtown, pedestrian and vehicular connection and circulation, and overall design composition within each district.
Mandatory vs. Interpretive Standards/Guidelines

Mandatory refers to the obligatory application of design guidelines and are commonly referred to as standards. The words "will," "must," and "shall" indicate a mandatory standard.

Interpretive refers to a translation of a design intent, where a variety of conceptualizations is possible and may require more flexibility in implementation. Words such as "could," "can," and "should" indicate a preference, but not a requirement.