Author Archives: Sustainable Bainbridge

Perspective on the Planning Commission’s DRAFT of the Comp Plan Update

Jon Quitslund The complete text of the ten Elements of the updated Comprehensive Plan is now available on the COBI website. This DRAFT may be modified by the Planning Commission in response to comments in the Public Hearings on September … Continue reading

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Planning for the ‘Neighborhood Centers’ on Bainbridge Island

Jon Quitslund It’s become possible for me to imagine the end of the Planning Commission’s work on the Comprehensive Plan update, which has occupied part of my mind and untold hours and days of my life for more than two … Continue reading

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What Is ‘Low-Impact Development (LID)’?

Jon Quitslund I expect that most people reading this post have at least a nodding acquaintance with the phrase ‘low-impact development’ and its acronym, but you may not have a ready definition, or know why the term is being bandied … Continue reading

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Regarding Housing & Land Use Policies on Bainbridge (Part II)

Jon Quitslund I’m taking up the second part of this post in the evening on the day after the June 16th Planning Commission meeting. The Housing, Land Use, and Economic elements were all on the agenda; now there’s a little … Continue reading

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Regarding Housing and Land Use Policies on Bainbridge Island

Jon Quitslund At the Planning Commission’s next meeting (June 9th), we’ll complete work on a draft of the Housing element and take another look at proposed revisions to the Guiding Principles and Policies. Later in the month – there are … Continue reading

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Conservation and the Economic Landscapes of Bainbridge Island

Jon Quitslund I began this post months ago and left it half finished.  I’ve come back to it now with new enthusiasm; what I’m writing about pertains directly to work on the Housing element of the Comprehensive Plan (on the … Continue reading

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April on Bainbridge: Planning, Politics, and Poetry

Jon Quitslund Forget April in Paris!  There’s lots to do close to home.  Spring in the air . . . but as Groucho Marx said to Margaret Dumont, If I sprung in the air I’d fall in the lake! April … Continue reading

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A Poet & a Scholar: Interviews & Letters from a 30-Year Friendship

Jon Quitslund Gary Snyder and Julia Martin, Nobody Home: Writing, Buddhism, and Living in Places (San Antonio: Trinity University Press, 2014). April being Poetry Month, I thought I should salute it with something that honors the profession of poet and … Continue reading

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“Nature Must Not Win the Game”

Jon Quitslund This post was composed last month, and then the holidays intervened.  As is appropriate in January, it looks both backward and forward. Back in December, my friend Charles Schmid showed up, as he usually does, as a watchdog … Continue reading

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“NO on KXL”: Does This Change Anything?

Jon Quitslund In the days since President Obama announced that he was, at long last, nixing the KXL pipeline, stories about the decision have had prominent places in the news cycle, and my email inbox has been crowded with messages … Continue reading

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