Category Archives: Economy

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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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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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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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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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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NO on the Keystone XL Pipeline

Jon Quitslund “Guard well our human chain,/ Watch well you keep it strong,/As long as sun will shine.” (Pete Seeger, 1919-2014) I am writing in anticipation of a demonstration in Seattle on Monday, February 3, saying “NO” in response to the … Continue reading

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