Category Archives: Values

“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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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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“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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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 II)

Jon Quitslund 4. The costs and benefits to property owners should be considered in making land use decisions. I discussed the fifth Principle at length in Part I of this essay.  That principle establishes the importance of maintaining environmental resources … 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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Our “Island Values”: What Are They?

Jon Quitslund A while ago the managers of Inside Bainbridge, an invaluable online source for news and commentary on local affairs, put up “Tips for Bainbridge Island Newbies (& Visitors).”  I found the tips both witty and informative.  Among the … Continue reading

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My Sense of Place (II)

Jon Quitslund In the bright and warm weather lately, I’ve spent the best parts of my days outdoors – walking on the tide flats, catching up on yard work, splitting and stacking firewood, or carrying a weighted backpack up and … Continue reading

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Bainbridge Island’s Green Power Challenge

Jon Quitslund How much of the electricity used in your home comes from ‘green’ sources? A fair number of households on Bainbridge are now equipped with solar panels, generating for themselves some, if not all, of the power they use.  … Continue reading

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