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State and Local Climate and Energy Program

Innovative Master Planning for the South Kitsap Industrial Area

Bremerton, Washington

Federal Funding: $400,000
Project Timeline: February 2010 – June 2012

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Bremerton completed two key project documents designed to support decisions related to natural environment, economic development, land use, transportation, greenhouse gases, utilities, capital facilities, and regulatory frameworks. The City finished the South Kitsap Industrial Area (SKIA) Subarea Plan and Planned Action Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), and released the documents for public review through public workshops and meetings. In August 2012, the SKIA Subarea Plan was unanimously approved by the Bremerton City Council. The City also created a Greenhouse Gas Emissions brochure to describe the EIS methodology and findings, a SKIA User's Guide, and a Planned Action Ordinance to help ensure a streamlined environmental review.

Project Summary

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions through a Proactive Green Development Strategy

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support green economic development, Bremerton, Washington, is preparing green development policies for the South Kitsap Industrial Area (SKIA). The area is a new addition to the City, and will likely be developed as an economic center. This project will promote green development of SKIA by assessing the feasibility of attracting green industry, developing a green Master Plan and building code, writing an Environmental Impact Statement, and designing a water recycling system for SKIA.

To promote green development of SKIA, the Bremerton developed a work plan for the project, encouraging public participation in the process. The City worked with a consultant to assess the feasibility of attracting green industry to the area, and is integrating green infrastructure policies into the City's building code and Master Plan. The City also developed an Environmental Impact Statement and will design a stormwater/wastewater recycling system for SKIA.

The project is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 913,000 metric tons CO2e over the lifetime of the development, through improved energy performance, reduced vehicle miles traveled, natural resource management, and the increased use of green power. Additionally, the green development codes will help reduce emissions citywide through other future development. The project fulfills the goals of both the EPA and the Puget Sound Partnership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the City expects that it will serve as an example for other development in the Pacific Northwest.

Community Characteristics

Population: 35,600
Area: 26 square miles
Government Type: City
Community Type: Suburban
Median Household Income: $38,061

Program Results

  Reported Results (as of September 2012) Projected Cumulative Results
Total GHG Reductions 0 mt CO2e 912,695 mt CO2e
Annual Electricity Savings 0 kWh 10,000 kWh
Annual Gasoline Savings 0 gallons 300 gallons

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