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Planning Commission to Hold Feb. 28 Hearing on Subdivision Update 

The  Planning Commissio n will hold a public hearing Thursday, Feb. 28 on proposed changes to subdivision regulations.  Specifically, the Planning Commission is seeking feedback on Ordinance 2019-03.

The subdivision update is part of the development moratorium work plan that began early last year.  The overall purpose of the proposed revisions is to craft a subdivision ordinance that directs the planning and design of future residential developments in a manner that respects the natural resources of the land and preserves the character and function of the landscape. 

The public hearing is part of the regular Feb. 28 Planning Commission meeting that begins at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber. 

If you have any questions or comments about the proposed regulations, please send an email to by 4 p.m. Feb. 28. All comments will be provided to the Planning Commission for review and consideration in its recommendation to City Council on Ordinance 2019-03.  Learn more  here
Update: Suzuki Property Development Project

The City Council has authorized City Manager Morgan Smith to work with Housing Resources Bainbridge to develop a financial feasibility study of the Suzuki Property, with a density range between 30 and 90 units. 

The feasibility study is a review to determine which  state and federal affordable housing funding programs might be available for the project.

During this phase, which is expected to last 60 to 90 days,  Olympic Property Group (OPG) will take a pause on project oversight to allow for OPG support later in the project without additional cost to the City. Watch the Feb. 5 discussion here
COBI Welcomes New Employees!

Todd Cunningham was hired as a Building Official in December. During his 26-year career, Todd has served as a building official for several cities and counties in California, Oregon and Washington. He most recently worked for the City of Olympia as the Associate Director/Building Official.

Emily Cady was hired as an Engineer in the Public Works Department. She will be primarily working on capital projects. Emily is a graduate of Cal Poly and most recently worked for private consulting firm KPFF in Irvine, California.
Join the Discussion: What says Bainbridge Island?

Do you have any examples of development that you think are representative of what Bainbridge Island should strive for? Please take a minute to let us know by uploading a photo in an online survey. Examples may show site design, buildings, sustainable design elements, pedestrian design, landscape and other features. The images submitted will be compiled into an image book. 
The survey is part of the City's Design Guidelines Update project.  Learn more here

Questions? Please contact Senior Planner Christy Carr at 206.780.3719 or
We're Hiring: Director of Finance & Administrative Services
Are you someone with integrity who is well-organized and a solutions-oriented critical thinker looking for a leadership opportunity? We are currently seeking a Finance Director to lead our high-performing Finance team.

The Director of Finance & Administrative Services is responsible for guiding the Finance Department as it continues and improves its award-winning financial reporting and support of City departments. The ideal candidate has recent experience in fiscal and policy analysis, strategic planning, citizen engagement, and working in a union environment.

The first review of applications is March 20. Learn more about the opening here.
Win a Contest: Name the Newsletter

Bainbridge Brief? City Hall Headlines? We're looking for a name for a printed newsletter - and we need your help! We'd love to hear your suggestions. We'd like a name that is catchy, energetic, and reflects the Island character.

The selected winner of the contest will get a rare opportunity to take a boat tour with BIPD's Marine Unit. Enjoy a trip around the Island aboard Marine 8, a 33-foot SAFE (Secure All-around Flotation Equipped) boat, while learning all about marine law enforcement, search and rescue missions, and other public safety resources. You pick the date! 

Submit your ideas by sending an email to Communications Coordinator Kristen Drew:

Thank you in advance for your ideas!
Upcoming Events
  • Sunday, Feb. 24: Chilly Hilly; 8 a.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 28: Planning Commission Hearing on Subdivision Update; 7 p.m.; Council Chamber
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