Kitsap County is holding a public hearing in May to discuss updates to regulations regarding Wireless Communication Facilities prompted by changes in wireless communications technology and a recent ruling from the Federal Communication Commission that supports the advancement of 5G technologies.

Kitsap County stated that it is updating code to accommodate the changing technology and encourage the provision of wireless service to all residents while protecting “viewscapes,” aesthetics, rural character, and quality of life in the county.

The Department of Community Development and the Kitsap County Planning Commission previously discussed the issue in five public sessions between December and March. This included one public hearing in February, which provided an opportunity for verbal testimony.

The Board of County Commissioners public comment period regarding the proposal opened April 25. The Board will hold the following:

  • A study session on May 1 at 9 a.m. to provide information about the proposal.
  • A public hearing on May 13 at 5:30 p.m. to provide another opportunity for verbal testimony. The Department will hold an open house event from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions before the hearing.

All meetings will be held in the Kitsap County Administration Building, 619 Division St., Port Orchard, WA 98366.

Those who are unable to attend the public hearing can submit written comments to the Department of Community Development before 11:59 PM on Monday, May 13 using one of the following methods:

  • Online via computer or mobile device.
  • Email to dgurnee@co.kitsap.wa.us.
  • Mail to 614 Division Street – MS36, Port Orchard, WA 98366.
  • Drop off at the Permit Center at 619 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA.
  • Drop off at the open house listed above.