Vote to protect the character of the island | Letter to the editor

To the editor:

I am deeply concerned about the proposed Suzuki development and the current councilmembers who voted in favor of it; Sarah Blossom, Leslie Schneider, Matt Tirman and Joe Deets.

For years, developers successfully argued that, despite size, location and impact, their developments were legal and accommodating because the City of Bainbridge Island Comprehensive Plan allows for this increased density in the downtown core and service areas.

The comp plan was created to secure the goals and protection of the island, both in the core and rural areas. The Suzuki project is outside the comp plan’s allowable building area for multi-family housing.

The project, in the name of creating affordable housing, frighteningly opens the door to large scale development anywhere on the island. Blossom, representing the South Ward, supports the Suzuki plan regardless of the consequences.

Development is fine in the core and service areas, but council, please stop voting for expansion of multi-family development outside these areas. It destroys the beauty of the island and does not comply with the comp plan.

It’s time for a change of our South Ward representative by removing Blossom from the council and replacing her with Michael Pollock. Michael was a respected Bainbridge council member from 1999-2003, is open and honest, and will act in compliance with the comp plan and protect the incredible character of our island.

NICK DALUISO

Bainbridge Island

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