Category Archives: Shoreline Management Program

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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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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“Nonconforming” Shoreline Development (Part II)

Jon Quitslund I’m bound to acknowledge that the term “nonconforming” arouses some people, and it worries others.  Senate bill 5451 was written in response to a politically significant concern.  In the end, the legislature didn’t deal conclusively with the issue … Continue reading

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Regulatory Regimes and Citizens’ Resistance

Jon Quitslund The specific instances of controversy over our SMP update lead me to some general reflections on regulations in our community, and the angry resistance that has been mounted against them. There’s a broad historical background to this resistance, … Continue reading

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“Nonconforming” Development and the SMP

Jon Quitslund As the updating of our Shoreline Management Program proceeds, one of the contentious issues to be dealt with will be “nonconforming” development. That’s the terminology used in the current SMP and the draft now under review by the … Continue reading

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Connections

Like many others here, I’ve been a member of a book group for several years, and both my social life and my experience as a reader have gained purpose and vitality from our cycle of monthly meetings. Most book groups … Continue reading

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