Category Archives: Place

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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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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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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The Comprehensive Plan’s Economic Element

Jon Quitslund Thinking about what can be done to improve the Economic element in our Comprehensive Plan has been intimidating.  I’ve been up against the limits of my own understanding of the subject, and also aware that there are limits … Continue reading

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Comp Plan Update: Working on the Environmental Element

Jon Quitslund In recent weeks, Joni Mitchell’s catchy lyrics have been running in a loop at the back of my mind: “how it always seems to go / you don’t know what you got ‘til it’s gone.”  Doesn’t that just … Continue reading

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The Update: What’s Happening in July

Jon Quitslund Here’s another sketchy account of developments in the month ahead pertaining to the Comprehensive Plan.  There will be two Planning Commission meetings, on the 9th and the 23rd, and two Workshops for public comment: on the Environmental element, … Continue reading

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Transfer of Development Rights in the Comp Plan Update

Jon Quitslund I’ve composed this post in order to organize my thoughts on a topic that will be discussed in the next Planning Commission meeting – tomorrow night.  So this is not the usual after-the-fact report, or a long-range forecast, … Continue reading

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Comp Plan, Land Use Element Workshop, Before & After

Jon Quitslund As sometimes happens, this post has been a long time in the works, subject to stalls and other calls on my time.  I’m writing now on the eve of yet another Planning Commission meeting, May 28th.  What happens … Continue reading

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