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Quality Bainbridge Spring 2018 Update

Dear Islanders,

We are writing you with information and news of activities in our community that we believe are relevant to you and to our mission to support informed civic participation.

The new Council has been meeting since January and at their daylong “Advance” on January 24, they identified the following priorities (the comments following are our brief description of their status):

PRIMARY:

Implement Comprehensive Plan
This is ongoing work for staff and Council

Move forward with the Police Station
Evaluation of building options is underway

Infrastructure Ballot Measure
The committee continues to meet

Affordable Housing
Task Force report is due in June with recommended actions for the Council

Inclusionary Zoning:
Will be part of the Affordable Housing Task Force report

Code Enforcement
Details here

SECONDARY:

Includes STO complete plans, Suzuki Property, Green Building Certification, Financial Capacity

That’s a lot of work for the City Staff, the Citizen Advisory Committees and the part time City Council members. Follow this link to understand what the Council members’ roles are in this process.

Part of our plan for this year is to track and understand this work and make it more available to you. If there is an area that is of particular interest to you,we welcome your help.  Please contact us and we will be in touch about your interest and how to proceed. We are committed this year to deepening our understanding of these and other civic issues and then to make that information available to you in an accessible/informative format. We will be posting reports on these issues on our website.

Michael Scott, Central Ward Council member, resigned as of March 31 because he was appointed to the King County Superior Court and cannot fulfill both roles at the same time. According to the City Governance Manual and WA State law, the remaining Council members choose from the pool of applicants.  Here’s the link to the application process and to the applicants’ resumes: As of the close of the application period, 4/13, there were several applicants. Applicants will be interviewed at City Hall on April 19 from 6.30-9pm.  The public is invited.

 

__________UPCOMING EVENTS!  __________________________________
Save the Date!
MAY 20th, 2018.  We are co-sponsoring a conference at Islandwood:

OUR ISLAND’S FUTURE:
Creating Community Together – 

The 15th Annual Association of Bainbridge Communities Environmental Conference

Other co-sponsors include Sustainable Bainbridge, Bainbridge Island Land Trust

The keynote speaker, Sen. Christine Rolfes has had to withdraw from this commitment so we are looking for a substitute who understands these issues from multiple perspectives.

Registration is FREE.

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JUNE 8th, 2018

For the Love of Bainbridge Island with Peter Kageyama:
This will be a chance for Bainbridge Island creators, innovators, and connectors to come together and explore the critical importance of the most powerful of motivators – the human heart – in community, social, and economic development. 

Peter is an internationally sought-after community development consultant and author of For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places and Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places.  This evening promises to reenergize our current efforts, inspire new ideas, and catalyze collaboration among the people who love – and want to love – Bainbridge Island.

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