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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: January 16, 2015
Contact: Larry Keeton, Director
Department of Community Development
  lkeeton@co.kitsap.wa.us, 360-337-5683
No: 2015-003

Title 17-Zoning code change proposed

(Port Orchard, WA) – The Kitsap County Department of Community Development is proposing a change to Title 17, Zoning. The changes establish the requirement for a conditional use permit for new shooting facilities, for current shooting facilities that wish to expand the number of ranges from their original configuration. The proposal establishes standards of development based on the National Rifle Associations Source Book 2012 or later.

“Under today’s code,” Director Larry Keeton said, “a new shooting facility would be classified as a private recreational facility and would be required to obtain a conditional use permit. This proposal continues to treat shooting facilities as private recreational facilities, but it establishes parameters for construction and operations.”

Private ranges are defined in the proposal and are exempt from the conditional use requirement provided they meet the standards established in the ordinance. Noise is also addressed in the ordinance. “A standard is set that is different than Washington State’s administrative code,” Keeton said, “thus the ordinance will be submitted to the Department of Ecology per the Revised Code of Washington.”

A work study on the proposed ordinance is scheduled before the Planning Commission on Tuesday, January 20, 9:00 am, in the Commissioners Chambers, County Administrative Building, Port Orchard. The work study is open to the public but not for public comment. The Planning Commission will establish a future hearing date in which public testimony will be taken. Upon the conclusion of public testimony, the planning commission will made recommendations to the Department of Community Development regarding the ordinance.

Upon receiving their recommendations, the Department will enter the second phase of the legislative process which begins with a work study with Board of Commissioners, a public hearing, and decision whether or not to adopt. 

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Last Updated:  January 16, 2015