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What is the Comprehensive Plan?

The Comprehensive Plan describes the 20-year vision for Poulsbo and how that vision will be achieved.  The plan covers land use, community character, economic development, natural environment, housing, transportation, capital facilities, utilities as well as parks, recreation, and open space.  The Comprehensive Plan is mandated by the Washington State Growth Management Act (RCW 36.70A).

Annual Amendments

Proposed amendments to the comprehensive plan are considered no more than once per year, as required by the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA). All proposals are considered at the same time so the cumulative effect of the various proposals can be determined. However, State law does allow some amendments to be made outside of the normal annual amendment cycle. These include actions such as subarea planning or emergency amendments, for which there are criteria.

Who May Apply

Any person or entity (e.g., private citizens, groups, city departments) may initiate a text amendment, which is a proposal to change the plan text language. Only property owners or their authorized agents may initiate a site-specific amendment.


Please refer to the City’s current fee schedule for updated fees. Fees are dependent on the nature of the proposed amendment.  Amendments may also require a pre-application conference, environmental (SEPA) review, and additional fees from the Engineering Department.


Proposals to amend the comprehensive plan shall be submitted no later than November 15 of each year.  The review process generally takes 5-7 months.

Decision Criteria

Per PMC 18.210.020 B, in order to grant a comprensive plan amendment, one of the following must apply:

  1. The amendment is warranted due to an error in the initial adoption of the city comprehensive plan.
  2. The amendment is based on a change of conditions or circumstances from the initial  adoption of the city comprehensive plan.
  3. The amendment is based on new information that was not available at the time of the initial adoption of the city comprehensive plan.
  4. The amendment is based on a change in the population allocation assigned to the city by Kitsap County.


2019 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Applications


 Key Dates/Tentative Timeline

Dates are subject to change. Please check back often.

January 16, 2019 City Council reviews and establishes 2019 Comprehensive Plan Application Docket
January 25, 2019 Notice of Application with optional DNS released and distributed
February 8, 2019 End of comment period for optional DNS
March 12, 2019 Planning Commission Public Hearing
April 10, 2019l City Council Public Hearing
2019 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Cycle – Documents
  • Docket Table (revised 1/16/19)
  • Docket Memo to City Council & Mayor (revised 1/16/19)
  • Docketing Presentation to City Council (1/16/19)
  • Public Participation Plan
  • City Initiated Amendments – Notice of Application with Optional DNS (coming soon)
    • SEPA Checklist (coming soon)
  • Property Owner Initiated/Viking Ave – Notice of Application with Optional DNS (coming soon)
    • SEPA Checklist (coming soon)
  • Planning Commission Public Hearing Notice (coming soon)
  • Planning Commission Staff Report (coming soon)
  • City Council Public Hearing Notice (coming soon)
  • Adoption Ordinance (coming soon)
  • Notice of Decision (coming soon)
Public and Agency Comment Methods

Comments may be provided to the City at any time during the amendment process. Written comments may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed to the City. Comments may also be hand-delivered to City Hall. Verbal comment will be taken at the Planning Commission and City Council public hearings.

The Planning and Economic Development Department will be creating mailing and e-mailing lists for those interested in received public hearing notices for the 2019 amendments. Interested parties should contact the Planning and Economic Development Department and request to be on the 2019 Comprehensive Plan amendment list.

Staff Contact

Nikole Coleman, Associate Planner, (360) 394-9730,

Contact the Planning and Economic Development Department:

Phone: 360-394-9882
Fax: 360-697-8269
Email: plan&
Mail: 200 NE Moe Street, Poulsbo, WA 98370
Physical Address: 200 NE Moe Street, Poulsbo — 2nd floor