The Comprehensive Plan
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. Filing of application for a Comprehensive Plan Amendment is only accepted between the first business day in January to the end of the first business day of April.
Bremerton 2035 Update
The City of Bremerton adopted a full update to its Comprehensive Plan in December of 2004, thus the city is working on the 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update, called Bremerton2035. It is called Bremerton2035 as we are looking towards how Bremerton will grow over the next 20 years (2016 to 2035). To find more information on this update, please visit Bremerton 2035.
2015 Amendment Process
The City of Bremerton will accept applications for amendments to be considered for the 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update from Monday, January 5, 2015 until Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Those wishing to propose amendments must submit a complete application of forms available at the DCD office. The Comprehensive Plan Amendment process includes a Pre-Submittal Conference, which must be scheduled by March 18, 2015 by 4PM (for scheduling purposes). Comprehensive Plan Amendment Applications must also be accompanied by a completed SEPA checklist with environmental review. Cost for a combined Comprehensive Plan text and map amendment is $2,500; for text amendment only, $1,500.
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 a public hearing during the Bremerton2035 process. Following the Planning Commission's public hearing and recommendation, the City Council will consider the amendments by summer 2016 with the whole Comprehensive Plan Update.
2016 Amendment Process
Because the ongoing major Comprehensive Plan Update process is scheduled to be completed in June 2016, the City will not be accepting applications for Comprehensive Plan amendments until January 2017.
Forms & Information
If you are interested in applying for a Comprehensive Plan Amendment, please contact Allison Satter via email or by phone at 360-473-5845.
Comprehensive Plan Amendment Application (Contact Allison Satter at 360-473-5845)
Public Involvement & Hearings
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.