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2024 Comprehensive Plan Update

The City of Poulsbo is undertaking a periodic review and update of its comprehensive plan, as required by the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA),  RCW 36.70A.130(5) .  The GMA sets forth that Kitsap County and its cities should review and revise, if needed, their comprehensive plans to ensure the plan complies with GMA requirements. The GMA requires state and local governments to manage Washington’s growth by identifying and protecting critical areas and natural resource lands, designating urban growth areas, preparing comprehensive plans, and implementing them through capital investments and development regulations. This approach to growth management is unique among states. Rather than centralize planning and decision-making at the state level, the GMA is built on Washington’s strong traditions of local government control and regional diversity. The GMA establishes state goals, sets deadlines, and offers direction on how to prepare local comprehensive plans, and sets forth requirements for early and continuous public participation.



Accommodating and Planning for Growth

The periodic update must plan to accommodate a portion of the overall growth (population, employment, and housing) that is forecast for the Central Puget Sound region (i.e. Kitsap, Pierce, King, and Snohomish Counties). Growth allocations are determined through a regional process coordinated through the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) and the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council (KRCC). The City actively participates in both coordination organizations. Within the context this regional allocation process, local jurisdictions adopt 2044 growth targets that will be used as the basis for their periodic updates.

Poulsbo is planning for the following 2044 targets:

  • Population: 5,646 new residents
  • Employment: 4,000 new jobs
  • Housing: 1,977 new housing units

Engagement Opportunities: 

Project Documents

Joint City Council and Planning Commission Kick-Off - Feb 23, 2022

Joint City Council and Planning Commission Growth Target Meetings - March 22, 2022

Joint City Council and Planning Commission Growth Strategy Meeting - September 27, 2022

Joint City Council and Planning Commission SR 305 Meeting - May 23, 2023


Introduction Element Update

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Community Character Element Update

June 28, 2022 Planning Commission:

July 12, 2022 Planning Commission:

May 9, 2023 Planning Commission Workshop

June 13, 2023 Planning Commission Meeting

PC Recommended Amendments to Community Character Chapter – June  2023

Natural Environment Element Update

July 26, 2022 Planning Commission:

PC Recommended Amendments to Natural Environment Goals and Policies – July 2022

September 26, 2023 Planning Commission Meeting

Economic Development Element Update

Capital Facilities Element Update

Utilities Element Update

Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Element Update

January 24, 2023 Planning Commission Meeting:

PC Recommended Amendments to PROS Goals and Policies – January 2023

August 29, 2023 Planning Commission:

PC Recommended Amendments to PROS Full Chapter – September 2023




Participation and Implementation Chapter Update

Health and Human Services Element - NEW

Transportation Element Update

October 12th, 2023

  • Agenda Packet (coming soon)
  • Meeting Video (coming soon)
  • Meeting Minutes (coming soon)

October 26th, 2023

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  • Meeting Minutes (coming soon)

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