1st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. community celebration at BIMA!




BIMA Event


In partnership with City of Bainbridge Island, Race Equity Network, Bainbridge Island School District Multicultural Advisory Council

An afternoon celebrating the ideals, memory and vision of Martin Luther King Jr.  Join our all ages event that will include a diverse sampling of music, food, artwork, age appropriate activities for kids, presentations and guest speakers from throughout our community.

For more information visit www.biartmuseum.org

EXPECT DELAYS!! Lots of City Repairs Starting this Week!

Island Wide repairs beginning May 7th…expect delays!

ROAD WORK: Please see the red box below. The schedule is subject to change based on weather or unforeseen construction delays.city map

On Tuesday, May 8th the roundabout with close for pavement repairs…refer to the map for the detour route!

ROAD WORK: The eastbound lane of High School Road at the Madison Avenue roundabout will close on May 8 for pavement repairs.  More information is available on the City’s website: http://www.bainbridgewa.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=487

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Island News!




6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

 YOU ARE INVITED to attend the Critical Areas Ordinance Workshop, which is an open public meeting.  Public comment will not be accepted during this meeting in order to give Council time to discuss the topic.  City Council will not take final action on the Critical Areas Ordinance at this meeting.  Any future action will be scheduled for a City Council Business Meeting, and public comment will be accepted at that time.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to submit written questions at this workshop.  Staff will collect and review these and will provide answers to these questions in a written document following the workshop.

For more information visit http://www.bainbridgewa.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=2498

Update on Bainbridge Island’s Temporary Six-Month Moratorium

We would like to share a Public announcement from the City of Bainbridge Island facebook page:  


Bainbridge Island Imposes Temporary Six-Month Emergency Moratorium on Certain Development

The City Council passed Ordinance 2018-02, a temporary six-month moratorium on the acceptance of certain development applications, during their meeting on Tuesday, January 9.
Citing a desire to have additional time to review regulations and policies to ensure the vision, guiding principles, goals and policies of the City’s Comprehensive Plan are being met to the Council’s satisfaction, the Council passed a six-month moratorium on all building permit applications or land use applications included or otherwise described in Table 2.16.010-1 of the Bainbridge Island Municipal Code. One of the key concerns expressed by the Council in adopting the moratorium is the Council’s ongoing consideration of the Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) Update. Given the significance of the update to those regulations, the Council expressed a need for a temporary “timeout” to allow for additional public outreach in determining how best to protect the Island’s unique environment.

The moratorium does not apply to building or land use applications that are already vested or specifically excluded in the “Exclusions” section of the ordinance. Those exclusions include, but aren’t limited to, the following (a full list of exclusions will be available on the City website):

1) City Council legislative actions.
2) Permits and approvals for government facilities and structures, including for facilities and structures of municipal corporations and special purpose districts.
3) Permits and approvals for alterations or remodels to existing buildings that do not require a Site Assessment Review.
4) Permits and approvals for emergency repair or construction necessitated by a hazardous event or natural disaster.
5) Permits and approvals for Affordable Housing projects.
6) Permits and approvals for septic maintenance and repairs, hazardous tree or invasive plant species removal, demolition, boundary line adjustments, wireless communication facilities, and overwater structures allowed under the City’s Shoreline Master Program.
7) Building permit applications for complete site plan applications and other complete land use applications that had been submitted prior to January 9, 2018.
8) Building permit applications for single family residences in the R-0.4, R-1, and R-2 zones, for single family residences that are not part of an approved subdivision, provided that the applicant owned the property as of January 9, 2018. The applicant can only use this exclusion once.
9) Building permit applications for a single-family residence in a zone other than zones R-0.4, R-1, and R-2, provided that the building permit application for the single-family residence is not for a permit that is part of an approved subdivision.
10) Building permit applications for single family residences that in addition to fully complying with the current critical areas ordinance, certify that they will also voluntarily comply with the [proposed] critical areas ordinance, 2018-01 (January 9, 2018), specifically in regard to BIMC 16.20.100.E., Native Vegetation Protection Area Requirement. Certain conditions must be met to be eligible for this exclusion.
A Public Hearing will be held at a City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 13 during the regular City Council meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m. For more information on how the moratorium may impact your project, stop by the Permit Counter at City Hall, or email pcd@bainbridgewa.gov.



First art walk of 2018!

Come celebrate the week of the new year with Art!  

This evening, January 5th 6-8pm!  


Critical Areas Ordinance Update

We would like to share The City of Bainbridge Island’s post about:


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Understanding the Critical Aquifer Recharge Area Section 
of the Critical Areas Ordinance Update

1. Who is impacted by the changes proposed regarding the Critical Aquifer Recharge Area?

The proposed changes would impact property owners in low-density residential areas (e.g. areas outside of the Winslow Town Center, neighborhood centers, and the Business/Industrial areas) only if they take action on their property that creates greater than 800 square feet of hard surfaces or cause more than 7000 square feet of land disturbing activity.

2. What does this mean for impacted properties?

Impacted property owners (defined above) will have to designate up to 65% of their property as a Native Vegetation Protection Area (NVPA). The exact percentage of property (not to exceed 65%) would be determined by the current conditions of the property. For example, if a property is currently 100% pasture, then zero percent of the property would need to be designated as a NVPA. If the property is 50% native vegetation (i.e. forested area), then only 50% would need to be designated as NVPA. If the property is 100% native vegetation, then 65% would need to be designated.

Existing properties do not automatically have a NVPA with the adoption of the new critical areas ordinance. If you are not proposing something meeting the square footage thresholds above, your property does not have a NVPA.

3. How will this impact the development potential (density) of my property?

All properties will retain their existing allowable density (i.e., development rights) as determined by the size of the property and zoning designation.

This means when land is subdivided and new lots are created the development might look more compact, but it will not be any more or less dense.
See attached image below from NC State University Conservation Subdivision Handbook as an example

4. Will my property values be impacted by these proposed changes?

There a number of factors that determine the value of your property (e.g. market supply and demand, consumer tastes and preferences, future development, development potential). Though it is difficult to predict how this ordinance will impact a number of these factors, we can say with confidence that the development potential of your property will not be impacted by the proposed changes. This designation is “density neutral” – it maintains your property’s development potential at the density currently allowed by the property’s zoning.

5. How can I learn more and share my input on these proposed changes?

More information on the update is available on the City website: http://www.bainbridgewa.gov/…/Critical-Areas-Ordinance-Upda…. The comment period is open through Monday, November 20. Comments can be submitted in writing or by email to cityclerk@bainbridgewa.gov. The City Council will consider adopting the proposed changes during their meeting on Tuesday, November 28. For more questions regarding the impacts of the changes on your property contact Christy Carr at 206.780.3719.

Did you know?



The City of Bainbridge Island announced today that it has received the 2017 Green Power Community of the Year Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The annual awards recognize America’s leading green power users for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market.

Bainbridge Island, WA was the only Green Power Community in the Partnership to receive a Leadership Award for using renewable energy in amounts that meet or exceed EPA requirements for residents’ and businesses’ collective green power use. Bainbridge Island is currently using more than 16 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 8 percent of the community’s purchased electricity use. The City of Bainbridge Island purchases 100% of its electricity for its City facilities through the Puget Sound Energy Green Power program. Green Power Communities distinguish themselves through their green power use, leadership, citizen engagement, renewable energy strategy, and impact on the green power market. 



Today, October 27th is the last day to share your feedback!

picImprovements are coming to SR 305!

Improvements are coming to SR 305!  Visit our online open house and share your thoughts!

We want to hear from you! Today is the last day to share your feedback on improvements coming to your community.


 For more information:

Contact Steffani Lillie at Kitsap Transit, steffanil@KitsapTransit.com

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Help Us Give Back!

We are open seven days a week. Drop off your socks anytime. We might also take warm hats and gloves… Thanks in advance…

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City of Bainbridge Island, Washington with Edward Buckley and 5 others.

Look at all the warm socks that the amazing team at Buckley & Buckley Real Estate, Real Estate on Bainbridge Island have collected for people experiencing homelessness!

It’s not too late to help bring a little comfort to someone in need this winter. Drop your new or used laundered socks off at City Hall or at Buckley and Buckley Real Estate.


Socks for the Homeless!

  Help us meet the City of Bainbridge Island’s goal of collecting 1200 socks for the homeless!

Please drop off your donations at our office!

Open ~ Monday – Friday 8:30-5:00

Saturday – 10:00-4:00 | Sunday – 12:00-3:00

168 Winslow Way West

On Winslow Green!

This is a program created by the non-profit WeCount that has installed twelve “Boxes of Socks” providing free clean socks to anyone on the streets in need of them this winter.  Access to clean dry socks can make the difference between mobility, lack thereof, and sometimes life threatening diseases. The City of Bainbridge Island will be adopting the sock box at the Seattle Ferry Terminal for three months beginning in January.

Socks can also be donated at City Hall or arrangements can be made for socks to be picked up at the Bainbridge Island or Seattle Terminal by contacting City Communications Manager Kellie Stickney at 206.780.3741 or kstickney@bainbridgewa.gov.