Category Archives: Cooperation

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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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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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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“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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“A Source of Pride”?

Jon Quitslund At the Planning Commission meeting on December 18, most of our time was devoted to discussion of a new Vision Statement.  We focused on a draft that had been developed by the Steering Committee and City staff.  There … Continue reading

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Withdrawing, Reflecting, Looking Forward

Jon Quitslund Life is sweet, life is good!  Toby and I are spending September on the Big Island, Hawaii.  It’s our fourth year of enjoying a house-sitting opportunity in Waimea, a town in the ranch and farming country, upland from … Continue reading

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Navigating Bainbridge: Planning for the Comp Plan Update

Jon Quitslund In the evening on July 22nd, the City of Bainbridge Island put on a program to explain the purpose and scope of the revision of our Comprehensive Plan, which will begin in earnest at the end of the … Continue reading

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Further Thoughts on Comprehensive Plan Principles

Jon Quitslund When I posted my two-part essay on the current Comp Plan’s Overriding Principles, I thought I might follow it up when I had some reactions from readers.  A couple of members of the City Council thanked me for … Continue reading

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The Comprehensive Plan’s Five Overriding Principles (Part I)

Jon Quitslund “Development should be based on the principle that the Island’s environmental resources are finite and must be maintained at a sustainable level.” What I’ve just quoted is the fifth of the Five Overriding Principles that are stated prominently … Continue reading

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