2024 Comprehensive Plan Periodic Update
The City of Port Orchard is commencing its required 2024 periodic update to the City's Comprehensive Plan. The City is envisioning a light refresh to its existing plan addressing new Growth Management Act (GMA) requirements, Vision 2050, and updated Countywide Planning Policies. Much of the work to update the Comprehensive Plan will focus on new planning requirements including but not limited to climate, equity, and housing affordability.
The City of Port Orchard proposes to prepare its 2024 periodic update to the Comprehensive Plan, a housing action plan, a subarea plan, an update to the critical areas code for best available science, and updates to development regulations to implement these plans.
Every ten years, as required by the GMA, cities are required to update their Comprehensive Plan. Port Orchard’s last major update was conducted in 2016. The process of this update is expected to take about two years to complete.
All work on the Comprehensive Plan periodic update will be done ensuring thorough and continuous public participation and outreach. The Public Participation Plan identifies mechanisms to capture the community’s input and outlines the anticipated timeline for Comprehensive Plan development. A timeline has been included in the documents liked below for reference. Updates will be posted periodically on this webpage and on the City’s Facebook.
Draft Elements and Workshop Schedule
As the City of Port Orchard advances with the 2024 Comprehensive Plan Periodic Update, we are pleased to share our progress and upcoming milestones. After significant public outreach during 2023, we have created to a schedule to provide drafts of the following Elements for public comment:
Achievements and Milestones:
Public Participation Plan: Formulation of a robust plan to engage the community in the decision-making process.
Public Outreach: Utilization of Social Pinpoint and an Update Kickoff and Visioning Workshop to gather valuable input from the public. The findings of the outreach efforts are provided in the Public Engagement Summary .
Existing Conditions Report: Final comprehensive report of existing conditions which serves as the foundational baseline data for the development of Comprehensive Plan Elements.
Draft Comprehensive Plan Elements Delivery Timeline:
All Comprehensive Plan Elements are scheduled for completion in draft form and will be submitted to the Washington Department of Commerce by mid-June 2024. To ensure transparency and community involvement, we will provide the draft Elements on this page for public comment, and plan to bring individual Elements to the Planning Commission for review and feedback according to the following schedule:
Public Engagement Workshops:
Policy Workshop: Scheduled for February 28, 2024.
Land Use Strategies Workshop: Tentatively scheduled for the last week of March 2024.
Draft Subarea Plan Development:
First Complete Drafts of Subarea Plans: Anticipated April 2024.
Revised Final Drafts of Subarea Plans: Anticipated June 2024.
Draft Comprehensive Plan Update Elements:
Introduction: February 2024.
Economic Development: February 2024.
Utilities: February 2024.
Parks: Anticipated March 2024
Transportation: Anticipated March 2024.
Natural Systems: Anticipated March 2024.
Capital Facilities: Anticipated April 2024.
Climate: Anticipated April 2024.
Housing: Anticipated April 2024.
Land Use: Anticipated April 2024.
Appendices: Expected in April 2024.
This schedule ensures adherence to the established deadlines and allows for comprehensive review and feedback from both the Planning Commission and the community. We appreciate your continued engagement and look forward to shaping the future of Port Orchard collaboratively. Members of the public may submit comments via e-mail directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming and Past Events
2024 Comprehensive Plan Update Policy Workshop
Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at 6:00 pm
City Council Chambers, 216 Prospect Street
The City of Port Orchard will be holding a public meeting to provide an opportunity to review, give feedback, and revise policy language in the City’s Comprehensive Plan. This meeting is being conducted in association with the 2024 Comprehensive Plan Update, which must be updated for consistency with the Washington State Growth Management Act, Puget Sound Regional Council Vision 2050, and the Kitsap County Countywide Planning Policies. New regulatory requirements for the City’s Comprehensive Plan will be discussed, along with the opportunity to provide input on what policy updates the community feels are needed, given the growth and change throughout the City since the last major Comprehensive Plan Update in 2016.
2024 Comprehensive Plan Update Kick-off Open House
Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at 6:00pm
Event Details: The event included opportunities for the public to provide input and engage in the planning process.