Category Archives: Environment

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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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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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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“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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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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