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City Releases 2019-2020 Proposed Budget

The City is currently seeking input on the 2019-2020 Proposed Budget.
The budget is the financial plan for the upcoming two years and expresses the City's identified priorities and planned service delivery to the community. The Proposed Budget supports key community goals, including a significant capital program and dedicated resources to implement priorities identified in the Comprehensive Plan. The next biennium will continue the City's emphasis on stewardship, financial sustainability, and customer service.
Community members can engage in the process by attending meetings or in writing.

Meetings: Time is reserved on October and November Council agendas for discussion and review of the Proposed Budget.
  • October 9: City Council Business Meeting
  • October 16: City Council Study Session (no public comment)
  • October 23: City Council Business Meeting
  • November 6: City Council Study Session (no public comment)

A final public hearing on the budget is scheduled Tuesday, November 13 during the City Council Business Meeting.


In Writing: You are always welcome to provide your input on the budget by sending an email to

Final adoption of the budget is expected in November. Community input will be accepted up until the Council approves the budget.
Council Extends Development Moratorium 180 Days
City Council approved Ordinance 2018-41 this week to extend the development moratorium for an additional 180 days to April 8, 2019. This will allow staff more time to update land use review procedures and development standards, among other issues. 

In their decision to extend the moratorium, Councilmembers also decided to now exclude from the development moratorium two-lot subdivisions where there is an existing residence. 

The changes will take effect on Wednesday, October 3. For more information, please see the Temporary Development Moratorium webpage on the City website. You can also watch the discussion at the September 25 meeting here: Agenda & Minutes (click on item 7.C).
City Council Approves Details of SAFE Mobility Project Selection Committee  

If the $15 million SAFE Mobility Levy is approved by the voters during the November election, it will be up to a citizen committee to recommend what projects to build with the funds. Earlier this week, the City Council approved Resolution 2018-29 that provides more details on the role of the SAFE Mobility Project Selection Committee and that it will consist of the following members: 

  • 3 City Council Representatives
  • 2 Bainbridge Island School District Representatives
  • 2 Bainbridge Island Metro Park and Recreation District Representatives
  • 2 Multi-modal Transportation Advisory Committee Representatives
  • 5 Community Representatives residing in the North Ward
  • 5 Community Representatives residing in the Central Ward
  • 5 Community Representatives residing in the South Ward
The SAFE Mobility Levy, if approved, will raise $15 million over seven years through an increase in property tax. The City is hosting a workshop to inform the community about the SAFE Mobility Levy on Thursday, October 11. The workshop starts at 6:30 p.m. at Island Center Hall.

Learn more on the City's News Flash.  
City Seeks Public Comment on Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Amendments

The City of Bainbridge Island and Washington State Department of Ecology are requesting comments on the City's proposed amendments to its Shoreline Master Program (SMP) relating to critical areas and nonconforming structures, uses, and lots.
The City completed its state-mandated update to its critical areas ordinance in April. The updated critical areas regulations cannot be applied within the shoreline jurisdiction until an amendment to the SMP integrating these regulations is locally adopted by City Council and approved by the Department of Ecology. 

The intent of the amendment is simply to integrate recently updated critical areas regulations into the SMP. The draft SMP amendment does not include any regulations that are new or different than those in the recently updated critical areas ordinance that are already in effect everywhere on the island except within the shoreline jurisdiction.

The majority of draft revisions related to nonconforming structures, uses, and lots are intended to improve clarity and eliminate vagueness, repetition, and/or internal conflict. In addition, the Planning Commission's draft revisions include a number of changes to allowed actions for nonconforming structures, including replacement and expansion of intentionally demolished structures.
City Council will be discussing the proposed changes at the October 2 Study Session. You may submit comments to or call 206.780.3719 with questions.
The joint local-state public comment period ends at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10.
Traffic Changes in Place During Open Streets Festival   

Please be advised that major traffic revisions will be in place in the Winslow core on Saturday, October 6 for the Open Streets Festival, a nationwide event that gives people an opportunity to explore protected bike lanes, trails, and paths to build healthy communities.

People will be walking, biking, and rolling along a route that is a loop between the Bainbridge High School and Eagle Harbor Waterfront Park. The traffic revisions, which include reducing some streets to one-way, are expected from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and signs will be posted to let drivers know about the changes. 

Please see the News Flash for the map and more details of the traffic changes.   
Mark Your Calendar: PCD Counter Closed on October 11
The Planning & Community Development counter will be closed on Thursday, October 11 for process improvement day. This is part of the effort to improve customer service and online building permit submittals. Staff will resume normal business hours at 8 a.m. on Friday, October 12. Thank you for understanding. 

Volunteers Needed for Wilderness First Responder Training
Looking for an exciting way to help our community and get involved in our emergency response plan? Join us for Wilderness First Responder Training-- a course that's designed to build a foundation of citizens with medical skills who will help the community in the event of a disaster when traditional medical resources may be significantly delayed or unavailable.  

The WFR training is an 80-hour hybrid course (online & five days of classroom work).  The online coursework must be completed prior to the start of the in-class training, which is scheduled October 8 - 12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at BIFD Station 23. Students must be available for the entire classroom training.

This course is limited to 30 students and registration is required. Participants must pay a $150 registration fee.

Participants who successfully complete the course will receive certifications for WFR and CPR.
For more information, please contact Clint Pells at

Join BIPD for Coffee with a Cop
You're invited to join officers from the Bainbridge Island Police Department for Coffee with a Cop on Wednesday, October 3 at McDonald's, located at 501 High School Road.
Coffee with a Cop is an opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department's work in your neighborhood. The event is scheduled from 8 - 10 a.m.  
Upcoming Events
  • Saturday, September 29: North Ward Meeting at Seabold Hall, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 29: Three Days of Preparedness Expo Day at City Hall, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 30: Three Days of Preparedness Emergency Hub Demo at Island Church, from 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 3: Coffee with a Cop at McDonald's, located at 501 High School Road, from 8-10 a.m. 
  • Monday, October 8: Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration at BHS, at 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 11: SAFE Mobility Levy Workshop at Island Center Hall, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
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