Category Archives: Finite Natural Resources

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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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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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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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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“A Lot of Live Wires in the Room”

Jon Quitslund I have two topics in this essay; maybe I should call them ‘areas of interest’ rather than topics.  I want to write from my impressions at the end of the six ‘Listening Sessions’ that have brought groups of … Continue reading

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Riffing on Themes from “The Sixth Extinction”

Jon Quitslund Elizabeth Kolbert’s book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, published in 2014 and already available in paperback (New York: Picador, USD $16), has been celebrated among the best books of 2014.  It’s a serious and intellectually daunting work … Continue reading

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