The Growth Management Act (GMA) is founded on the principle that it is in the best interest of thecitizens of the State to foster coordination and cooperation among units of local and state government.Cities and counties must engage in a collaborative planning process under the requirements of the Act.Specifically, the Act states that,
HE LEGISLATURE FINDS THAT UNCOORDINATED AND UNPLANNEDGROWTH
POSE A THREAT TO THE ENVIRONMENT
SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
AND THE HEALTH
AND HIGH QUALITY OF LIFE ENJOYED BY RESIDENTS OF THE
T IS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST THAT CITIZENS
AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR COOPERATE ANDCOORDINATE WITH ONE ANOTHER IN COMPREHENSIVE LAND USE PLANNING
The Growth Management Act (
) states that “
A COUNTYWIDE PLANNING POLICY IS AWRITTEN POLICY STATEMENT OR STATEMENTS USED SOLELY
FOR ESTABLISHING A COUNTYWIDE FRAMEWORK FROM WHICH COUNTY AND CITY COMPREHENSIVE PLANS ARE DEVELOPED AND ADOPTED
ENSURE THAT CITY AND COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLANS ARE CONSISTENT
as required in
OTHING IN THIS DOCUMENT SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO ALTER THE LAND USE POWERS OF CITIES
TheAct requires that the countywide policy be collaboratively developed among Cities and the County.Further,
EDERAL AGENCIES AND
RIBES MAY PARTICIPATE IN AND COOPERATE WITH THE COUNTYWIDE PLANNING POLICY ADOPTION PROCESS
These policies may also be used for otherpurposes requiring collaboration and cooperation in addition to the development and adoption of comprehensive plans.
Vision 2040 (adopted by the Puget Sound Regional Council during 2010) serves as the long-rangegrowth management, environmental, economic development, and transportation strategy for King,Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties. Vision 2040 includes the Regional Growth Strategy, Multi-County Planning Policies (RCW 36.70A.210) and Implementation Actions.
The 1992 Kitsap Countywide Planning Policies and subsequent revisions in 2001,and2003
, 2007,and 2010,
were developed by a committee of planners representing Kitsap County, the City of Bremerton, the City of Port Orchard, the City of Poulsbo, the City of Bainbridge Island, the PortGamble S'Klallam Tribe, the Suquamish Tribe, the Navy, and Kitsap Transit.
At each point, theKitsap Regional Coordinating Council conducted a public hearing and prepared a recommendation foradoption by the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners and ratification by Cities and Tribes. Theprocess of review and discussion through the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council forum is intendedto foster consensus whenever possible. County and City Comprehensive Plans must be consistent withthe adopted Countywide Planning Policies.
Policies for Update and Ratification (UR):
The Kitsap Countywide Planning Policies should be dynamic and regularly monitored forapplicability and effectiveness.a.
The adopted Countywide Planning Policies should be reviewed through the Kitsap RegionalCoordinating Council process at least every five years. Proposed revisions shall be reviewedfor impacts according to the State Environmental Protection Act (SEPA) and shall beconsistent with the State Growth Management Act (GMA).b.
The County or a City may propose a policy amendment to the Countywide Planning Policies.
The Kitsap County Health District and Kitsap Economic Development Alliance (KEDA) also reviewed and commented upon the 2010 amendment proposals.