Category Archives: Property Rights

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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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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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), Concluded

Jon Quitslund This essay was composed in two separate time frames, beginning more than a month ago. I’ve revised the first part but some awkwardness remains. In the bright and warm weather earlier in the month, I spent the best … Continue reading

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Stewardship and Regulations

Jon Quitslund                                                       The land was ours before we were the land’s. She was our land more than a hundred years Before we were her people. — Robert Frost, ‘The Gift Outright’ We are near the end of … Continue reading

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