Planning & Economic Development > Comprehensive Plan Amendments
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).
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.
Per PMC 18.210.020 B, in order to grant a comprensive plan amendment, one of the following must apply:
- The amendment is warranted due to an error in the initial adoption of the city comprehensive plan.
- The amendment is based on a change of conditions or circumstances from the initial adoption of the city comprehensive plan.
- The amendment is based on new information that was not available at the time of the initial adoption of the city comprehensive plan.
- The amendment is based on a change in the population allocation assigned to the city by Kitsap County.
More Information and Applications
- Comprehensive Plan Amendment Handout
- 2020 Site Specific Application Form (coming in September 2019)
- 2020 Text Amendment Application Form (coming in September 2019)
Nikole Coleman, Associate Planner, (360) 394-9730, firstname.lastname@example.org
2019 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Applications
- Docket Table (revised 1/16/19)
- Docket Memo to City Council & Mayor (revised 1/16/19)
- Docketing Presentation to City Council (1/16/19)
- 2019 Applications
- Public Participation Plan
- Planning Commission Workshop Memo (2/19/19)
- March 12 Planning Commission Workshop Presentation and Map
- March 26 Planning Commission Public Hearing Presentation
- Planning Commission Findings of Fact and Recommendations (coming soon)
- Property Owner Initiated/Viking Ave – Notice of Application with Optional DNS
- City Initiated Amendments – Notice of Application with Optional DNS
- Adoption Ordinance
- Notice of Decision
Contact the Planning and Economic Development Department:
Mail: 200 NE Moe Street, Poulsbo, WA 98370
Physical Address: 200 NE Moe Street, Poulsbo — 2nd floor