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UPDATE | And now the details: Hearing examiner lays out long list of must-do's for developer of new shopping center project
Bainbridge Island Hearing Examiner Stafford Smith has told Visconsi Companies, the Ohio-based developers of the now-approved shopping center on High School Road, that it will need to abide by 50 extra conditions that have been added to the permit for the 62,000-square-foot shopping center next to Highway 305.
The added changes include a fence between the new development and the nearby Stonecress neighborhood, as well as a 24-hour complaint hotline that will be staffed by the owner of the project.
The conditions include:
• Taking steps to minimize light and glare from impacting adjacent properties, including keeping parking lot lights focused downward and no higher than 14 feet high;
• Putting chain-link fencing around trees that will be protected during construction;
• No disturbance of the wetland buffer will be allowed;
• The developer shall build a multi-use trail from the High School Road intersection/crosswalk to the northern property line;
• Landscape screening must range in width from 20 to 30 feet, and a 50-foot, on average, landscape screen must be planted along Highway 305;
• A 6-foot-tall fence approximately 120 feet long must be built between the development and the adjacent Stonecress neighborhood;
• Any demolition on the site will require a permit;
• Sprinklers and fire alarms are required;
• No signs will be permitted in the 50-foot buffer along Highway 305;
• Drive-through lanes can only be built for the new pharmacy and the bank;
• A temporary erosion and sediment-control plan is needed;
• All internal roads will be privately owned;
• A safety and design study must be completed for a crosswalk on High School Road at the Polly's Lane intersection;
• Polly's Lane must be designed to permit only one-way southbound traffic;
• Parking spaces and charging stations must be supplied for each building, as well as five motorcycle spaces per building;
• A minimum of 53 bicycle spaces must be provided;
• A bus shelter must be built near the existing bus stop on Highway 305;
• Exterior trash receptacles and recycling facilities must be fully screened with solid walls and gates;
• A minimum of 40 tree units per acre must be maintained;
• A noise expert must visit the site and take readings twice during the first year of occupancy;
• If the project is found to be out of compliance with noise regulations, noise softening measures must be adopted;
• The developer will establish and staff a 24-hour complaint line;
• Tenants must use the latest green building techniques, such as recycled building products and high-efficiency windows, to the extent feasible; and
• The developer will allow an interested citizen to remove for his or her own use the existing green structure near the ProBuild entrance.
The approval of the permit for the shopping center project came Thursday, March 27 after weeks of review by the city's hearing examiner.
The decision can only be challenged now via a Land Use Petition Act in Kitsap County Superior Court.