SENATE BILL REPORT
This analysis was prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not a part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.
As of March 20, 2017
Title: An act relating to amending the schedule for updates to the comprehensive plan of Kitsap county that are required under the growth management act to match the update schedules of other central Puget Sound counties.
Brief Description: Amending the schedule for updates to the comprehensive plan of Kitsap county.
Sponsors: Representatives Appleton and Fitzgibbon.
Brief History: Passed House: 3/06/17, 55-43.
Committee Activity: Local Government: 3/16/17.
SENATE COMMITTEE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Staff: Alex Fairfortune (786-7416)
Background: The Growth Management Act (GMA) is the comprehensive land use planning framework for counties and cities in Washington. Jurisdictions that fully plan under the GMA are required to adopt internally consistent comprehensive land use plans that are generalized, coordinated land use policy statements of the governing body. Comprehensive plans are implemented through locally adopted development regulations, both of which are subject to review and revision every eight years.
Counties, and the cities within them, are grouped into four different year classes that determine when they must review and revise their comprehensive plans. King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties are required to review and revise their comprehensive plans no later than June 30, 2015, and every eight years thereafter. Ten other counties—Clallam, Clark, Island, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, San Juan, Skagit, Thurston, and Whatcom—are required to review and revise their comprehensive plans no later than June 30, 2016, and every eight years thereafter. The remaining counties are divided into the 2017 and 2018 year-classes for comprehensive plan review and revision.
Summary of Bill: Kitsap County must review and revise its comprehensive plan no later than June 30, 2015, rather than June 30, 2016, and every eight years thereafter.
Fiscal Note: Available.
Creates Committee/Commission/Task Force that includes Legislative members: No.
Effective Date: Ninety days after adjournment of session in which bill is passed.
Staff Summary of Public Testimony: OTHER: Kitsap County is supportive of what the bill intends to do, which is to sync the Kitsap County comprehensive plan update timeline with other multicounty planning jurisdictions. However, some jurisdictions are concerned about the 2023 deadline. Rather than imposing the 2023 timeline, there should be a discussion about what a more appropriate timeline may be.
Persons Testifying: OTHER: Tom McBride, Kitsap County.
Persons Signed In To Testify But Not Testifying: No one.