Bainbridge council schedules public hearings for Comprehensive Plan amendments

The Bainbridge Island City Council has scheduled public hearings for several Comprehensive Plan amendments.

Planning Director Kathy Cook brought forward five amendments ranging from historic preservation to land-use changes at last Wednesday's meeting.

Of the five, one amendment on the list has picked up neighborhood criticism near Pritchard Park.

The president of Bainbridge Island Marina applied for a land-use change on his boatyard property to change the zoning to "water dependent-industrial."

The marina operates as a boatyard and boathouse alongside the Bainbridge Island Yacht Club near Pritchard Park. It currently sits on two parcels designated as "Open Space Residential" zoning.

A land-use change would allow an expansion of the facilities on property already-owned by the marina.

Staff presented the amendment request and application necessities to the council at the Oct. 16 study session.

As a requisite to the application, shortly after the session, the city received approval from the Department of Ecology on Nov. 8 for designating the shoreline area surrounding the marina as an urban area as long as the boundary line is adjusted to a point west of where it currently stands.

One neighbor has argued that the marina as it presently operates disrupts the view on Eagle Harbor and claimed it has devalued shoreline properties.

The city council scheduled a public hearing for Monday, Nov. 25 to further discuss the Bainbridge Island Marina rezoning and the four other comprehensive plan amendments.

The city reviews and processes amendments to the Bainbridge Island Comprehensive Plan once every three years. In accordance with the cycle, 2013 is an amendment year.

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