Category Archives: Stewardship

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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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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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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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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“How many citizens really want to put Green into action?”

Jon Quitslund Something I’ve been reading took me back to a comment that I cited in my previous post, and I’m prompted to put my thoughts in order in a short postscript. Here’s the whole quotation from the compilation of … Continue reading

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Elements of the Comprehensive Plan: #1, Land Use

Jon Quitslund The Comprehensive Plan update is now beginning in earnest, with a step by step analysis of the existing Elements and a thorough re-drafting of many of them.  The Land Use element is first in line, to be followed … Continue reading

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“Development Never Pays for Itself”: True or False?

Jon Quitslund On several occasions I’ve heard my friend Robert Dashiell say that development never pays for itself.  If you believe that all development is dangerous, it’s easy to come up with examples to illustrate, if not to prove the … Continue reading

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