There were 7 items considered for the 2018 Comprehensive Amendments Docket with 12 specific amendments. The City Council approved 9 of the 12 specific amendments, including some minor modifications to said amendments, on December 5, 2018 by Ordinance 5363 (Comprehensive Plan amendments) and Ordinance 5364 (associated Zoning Code amendments)
2018 Comprehensive Plan Amendments Proposals:
Affordable Housing: Evaluate Affordable Housing Goals and Policies and add new strategy to the Downtown Subarea Plan to incentivize affordable housing
Downtown Subarea Plan regarding (a) parking standards (not adopted), (b) height, (not adopted) (c) Design Review Board and (d) Warren Avenue Corridor Land Use
The Comprehensive Plan guides the city's overall strategy for growth and development over a 20 year period. The Comprehensive Plan sets goals and polices for items such as land use, economic development, housing, transportation and the environment. One of the most important elements of the Comprehensive Plan is the land use map. This map sets the basis for zoning and land use laws within city limits.
Growth Management Act Requirements
All cities and counties that comply with the Growth Management Act, must perform a major comprehensive plan review and updates every 8 years. However, many local jurisdictions consider proposed amendments on a more frequent basis. As per RCW 36.70A.130(2) cities and counties may consider proposed amendments no more frequently than once every year, with some exceptions. Rather than adopting changes on a piecemeal basis, proposed amendments must be considered "concurrently so the cumulative effect of the various proposals can be ascertained." The City of Bremerton considers such amendments (typically as docket of proposed amendments) on an annual cycle pursuant to Bremerton Municipal Code (BMC) 20.10.010.
Per Bremerton Municipal Code 20.10, the City of Bremerton will accept applications for Comprehensive Plan amendments to be considered annually from January until the first business day in April. Those wishing to propose amendments must submit a complete application at the DCD office. The Comprehensive Plan Amendment process includes a Pre-Submittal Conference, which must be scheduled by a minimum of two week before the deadline of the amendment application submittal (for scheduling purposes). Comprehensive Plan Amendment Applications must also be accompanied by a completed SEPA checklist with environmental review. As of 2018, the cost for a combined Comprehensive Plan text and map amendment is $2,500; for text amendment only, $1,500. The Environmental Review is an additional $320.
Following city staff review and the preparation of a staff recommendation, plan amendment applications will be forwarded to the City of Bremerton Planning Commission for public workshop(s) and subsequent public hearing. Following the Planning Commission's public hearing and recommendation, the City Council will consider the amendments and make the final decision.
If you are interested in applying for a Comprehensive Plan Amendment, please contact Allison Satter via email or by phone at 360-473-5845. Below is additional information for an annual amendment submittal:
Members of the public are welcome to provide comment and input on proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments at both the Planning Commission and City Council public hearings. Check this website for upcoming meetings on the Comprehensive Plan amendments.
Questions or comments on Comprehensive Plan amendments may be directed to the Allison Satter, City Planner at 360-473-5845.