About The Council

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The Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council is the forum established through an inter-local agreement among its current core members - Kitsap County, the four Kitsap Cities (Bremerton, Bainbridge Island, Port Orchard, and Poulsbo) and the Port of Bremerton - to work together on issues that affect the entire community. In addition, Naval Base Kitsap is an Ex Officio member to provide coordination among local and federal actions, Kitsap Transit and Kitsap's two federally-recognized Tribes are Associate Members.

At this time, the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council serves four purposes:

  1. The Council's Executive Board is responsible for the distribution of federal grant funds forFederal Transportation Funding (via the Puget Sound Regional Council). The Council is recognized by State and regional agencies as the "voice" for Kitsap County on countywide transportation planning and policy issues.
  2. The Council coordinates the review and monitoring of the Kitsap Countywide Planning Policies and the related Population Forecasting and Distribution required by the State of Washington Growth Management Act, through its Executive Board and multi-jurisdictional senior staff committees.
  3. The Council coordinates the legislative agenda.
  4. The Council is the vehicle for other multi-jurisdictional collaborative projects identified in its annual Work Program.

Council leadership rotates annually. Past chairs have included County Commissioners Jan Angel, Steve Bauer, and Chris Endresen; Bremerton City Council Member Carol Arends; and Mayors Kim Abel and Tim Matthes (Port Orchard), Donna Jean Bruce and Kathryn Quade (Poulsbo), Darlene Kordonowy and Dwight Sutton (Bainbridge Island), and Patty Lent (Bremerton).

2015 elected officers are:   

Chair:  Commissioner Robert Gelder, Kitsap County
Vice Chair: Mayor Anne Blair, City of Bainbridge Island



The Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council is the countywide organization that interfaces with multi-county land use and transportation planning organizations:


 Structural & Organizational Chart

Current Interlocal Agreement 

Current Bylaws


Work Program
2015 Budget 
Member Dues


Core Work Program
Housing Work Program
Kit-Net Work Program

2014 Core Budget

9/14 Budget Amendment
Member Dues

Work Program
2013 Budget
5/13 Budget Amendment
7/13 Budget Amendment
2013 End of Year Budget

Work Program
2012 Budget
10/12 Budget Amendment
2012 End of Year Budget
Member Dues

2011 Budget
9/11 Budget Amend.
2011 Year End Budget
Member Dues


Core Work Program
Housing Work Prog.
Kit-Net Work Program
2010 Budget

7/10 Budget Amend.
Member Dues


The Kitsap Regional Coordinating has evolved and changed over the past 15 years. Originally established in 1992 to serve the planning objectives of the Washington State Growth Management Act, its role has been carefully reviewed several times in its short history.

  • In the early 1990's, the Council was recognized by the Puget Sound Regional Council as the Kitsap countywide entity charged with collaborative transportation planning and distribution of federal transportation funding through its four-county program.
  • In the late 1990's, the Council's Executive Board changed its name from the Kitsap Regional Planning Council to the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council, to reflect its interest in cooperative action on a range of issues beyond transportation and land use.
  • In 2003, the Executive Board refined language in the Countywide Planning Policies describing its role as a forum for building consensus and resolving conflict among its members on issues relating to the Countywide Planning Policies.
  • In 2005, the Executive Board amended its by-laws to add the Port of Bremerton and Naval Base Kitsap to its membership.
  • In 2015 Kitsap Transit was added to the Executive Board as an Associate Member.