Property was a vested Rural PUD plat, formally known as “Applewood” prior to the enactment of the Growth Management Act in the 1990s.
Now known as Arborwood, this site was formally included in the Kingston UGA with the adoption of the 2006 Comprehensive Plan and Kingston Sub-Area Plan.
Upon inclusion into the Kington UGA, the 360-acre site was and currently is zoned Urban Cluster Residential (5-9 dwelling units/acre). This zone also allows for a mix of residential and commercial uses.
In 2008, a preliminary plat application was submitted for the entire 360-acre site.
In 2010, Kitsap County and OPG finalized a Developer’s Agreement which vested the site to certain development standards and mitigation requirements for 15 years.
The preliminary plat was approved in October 28, 2009.
The Minor Amendment to the preliminary plat approval (approved December 30, 2019) only revised the lot layout in the southernmost part of the preliminary plat, while reducing impacts to wetland buffers.
Prior to the Growth Management Act (GMA)
•Around 1990, many western Washington residents were weary of growth
•Subdivisions were taking a toll on farms and forests
•Developments wasted land. 1-acre lots were common. (Average lot size in Arborwood is around 1/10th of an acre)
•Many individual wells and septic systems
•No logic to the growth pattern. Subdivisions popping up all over
The 1990 Growth Management Act (GMA)
•Legislative response to concerns of growth
•13 goals (
•Mandates that cities and counties:
•Plan for and accept population growth
•Cluster growth in around existing urban areas (like Kingston, Poulsbo)
•Plan for and finance needed infrastructure (like the Kingston wastewater treatment plant)
•Eliminate land-wasting densities, especially defined as 1-acre lots. 1-acre lots were considered the epitome of “sprawl”
Implications of the Growth Management Act (GMA) for Kingston
•Several times Kitsap County ran very large processes to determine where growth should go in Kingston
•If Arborwood was not available, then its 750 lots would be located somewhere else in the Kingston UGA. The county was required to find a home for them.
•Lots that would be master planned with trails and controls
•Proximity to the Kingston Heritage park
•Close the wastewater treatment plant and schools
•Lots of open space that could be designed into the project (as opposed to dense “in-fill” type projects such as Seaside
•GMA required county utilities be prepared for growth. Therefore, the county sized its new wastewater treatment plant to service Arborwood’s 750 homes.
•Now lot size inside urban growth areas are mandated to the size of city lots (up to around 7,000 square feet)
•Residential lots outside urban growth areas are typically 5, 10, and 20-acres in new subdivisions
Revised Phase 1
•Purchased after Arborwood was approved
•The property would allow for a third access point
•OPG has not decided to take the idea further at this point, but may sometime in the future
•If OPG desires to use the property for a third access, it will need to go through a formal county review process including notice to neighbors, public meetings, and a hearing