Bainbridge council looks to reboot advisory board meetings

The Bainbridge Island City Council will talk about restarting meetings of the city’s Planning Commission and Design Review Board at the council’s meeting this week.

The city is considering resuming the meetings in May. Meetings for both the Planning Commission and Design Review Board were called off in March in response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order.

The council will talk about plans on how to let the advisory bodies get back to business at the council’s meeting on Tuesday.

If the council agrees, the first Planning Commission meeting since the COVID-19 shutdown will be held May 14, and the first Design Review Board meeting would follow on May 18.

City officials expect the meetings to be held remotely, on the Zoom video conferencing platform.

Planning Commission meetings would also be streamed live on the city’s website, with the video recording being uploaded after the meeting.

According to city staff, potential topics for the first Planning Commission meeting would include review of FAR (floor area ratio) bonus density options, and a staff presentation on the council’s work plan priorities for the rest of the year.

The Planning Commission is also expected to develop plans to schedule and hold public hearings for changes to the city’s sign code, and small cell wireless facilities, that were cancelled in March.

The Design Review Board may review two short plats that have been submitted at its next meeting, as well as look at an earlier recommendation on the city’s proposed police/court facility following a request from the Planning Commission.

The council will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 28.

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