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Bainbridge Island Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

Public comment period is closed

The Washington State Department of Ecology held a public comment period on Bainbridge Island’s proposed comprehensive update to their Shoreline Master Program. The period for public comment was July 22 – August 23, 2013. An open house and public hearing were held in the Bainbridge City Council chambers on July 31, 2013. Over 100 citizens attended the event and 27 providing testimony during the public hearing.

Ecology used mail and email to notify those who had expressed prior interest. Approximately 2,000 interested parties were invited to provide public comment and attend the open house and hearing. Ecology also issued a news release and legal ad to encourage public participation and comment. Ecology received 112 written and verbal comments. Comments are largely about non-conforming development, buffers and docks. Comments also reference the size of the updated document and the final submittal process.

Response to public comment

Ecology has prepared a summary of public comments and sent this to the City of Bainbridge Island. The city will write a response to the public’s comments. The response to comments will be posted here when available. Please check back.

Next steps: Ecology's decision

Ecology will decide if the city's program update meets the requirements of the Shoreline Management Act and the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines. Ecology will decide whether to:

  • Approve the program as is or with recommended changes, or
  • Send the proposed program back to the city with required changes to meet statutory and rule requirements. Recommended changes may also be included with the required changes.

Relevant documents will be posted on this website when they become available. Please check back.

Staff contact

Barbara Nightingale
Washington State Department of Ecology
Northwest Regional Office
3190 – 160th Avenue SE
Bellevue, WA 98008
(425) 649-4309

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