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photo-76In front of a standing-room-only crowd at City Hall, the Planning Commission voted unanimously Thursday night to recommend denial of permits for the Visconsi development proposal on High School Road. The Commissions’s findings and recommendation now go to the Hearing Examiner for review.

The crowd listened quietly as Commissioner Maradel Gale read the Planning Commission’s findings and analysis. At the conclusion of her remarks, and again after the Commission took the vote, there was enthusiastic applause.

The Visconsi team, including architect Charlie Wenzlau, sat near the front of the room, but did not comment during the meeting.

The Commission based its decision in large part on the safety problems presented by the proposed development, particularly pedestrian hazards, problems with ingress and egress into the property, and traffic impact on the surrounding neighborhood. (more…)

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This article is from Estately, a real estate sales blog. A little taunting for those unfortunates who don’t live here yet.

13 Reasons You Should NEVER Move to Bainbridge Island

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At first glance, Bainbridge Island appears to be a fantastic place to live. It has beautiful scenery, great schools, low crime, friendly people, and it’s only a short ferry ride from Seattle. It’s no wonder so many people want to move there. However, few people know of the horrors that come with Bainbridge Island living. If you, or someone you love, are considering moving to Bainbridge Island, you’d best read this and then get back on the ferry and return to the mainland.

SEA LIONS THAT BARK ALL NIGHT

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Looking to move out of the city for some peace and quiet? Maybe to a little island where you can hear the waves gently lapping at the shore? Well, hope you like the sounds of flatulent sea lions barking all hours of the night from their offshore buoys. BARK! BARK! BARK! BARK! It’s like living across the street from a sea lion frat house during rush week.

YOUR NOVEL WILL REMAIN UNPUBLISHED

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Even if you corner him at the bakery, even if you beg and plead, local PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author David Guterson isn’t going to read your novel. In fact, the likelihood of him offering feedback on your vampire-themed thriller is equal to the likelihood of snow falling on cedars in Hell. (more…)

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Submitted by Bruce Weiland, bpweiland@comcast.net

The Citizens Park Task Force is an informal group of community volunteers who have come together for a single purpose — to convert the ugly vacant lot on the corner of Highway 305 and Winslow Way into an attractive and welcoming gateway to Bainbridge Island.  Our vision is to make this former Unocal gas station site into a source of pride for our entire community.

In connection with this campaign, we are committed to four key principals:

(A) No public funds will be spent to create this park;

(B) Every step of the project will be subject to the approval of the City and Kitsap Transit (the current owners of the parcel), and the Parks and Recreation District (the future managers of the park);

(C) the design of the park will integrate broad public input and ideas; and

(D) the park will be environmentally safe and responsible. (more…)

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Did you know that Bainbridge Island has multiple “villages”? That when it rains here, it doesn’t stop people from “doing stuff” because we pull out our “umbrellas and galoshes”?  That even in today’s limping real estate market, Bainbridge is still considered a desirable place to buy property, “particularly for second home owners”? I read all this and more today in the New York Times “Great Homes and Destinations” section. 

The article, complete with the usual adjectives about our island—charming, tranquil, rural—describes a distinctly East-Coast-summer-house kind of island that has only a little in common with the place I call home. But the new Bainbridge might have already passed me by, if it’s true, as the article reports, that one third of the homes here are occupied only on weekends and holidays. (Note to NY Times—us charming full-timers call ‘em “boots.” And umbrellas are for out-of-towners and wussies.)

Read the article/real estate ad and weep (or invest, as your inclination may be): (more…)

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Rod Stevens, an islander and City Hall watcher, sent this letter to the Planning Commission and also to me, for posting here. Stevens is a development consultant specializing in revitalization.

I watched with half-bemusement and half-frustration recently as the Planning Commission struggled with yet another consultant study commissioned by the Planning Department for the Winslow Tomorrow effort, this one from a consulting firm with the curious name of Community Attributes.  Half-bemusement, because the Planning Commission knew there were some problems with the assumptions of the study and just couldn’t quite put their finger on it, and half-frustration because I am tired of playing this game of “whack-a-mole”, of dealing with yet another study intended to justify a Mayoral initiative that threatens our sense of place downtown.  (more…)

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sign.jpgOver the long weekend, I received three emails about Gazzam Lake, where neighbors are spreading the word about a proposed road at Gazzam Lake Park. Seven private landowners are discussing plans with City planners to obtain access to their as-yet undeveloped parcels of property by extending Springridge Road. The extension would divide the Gazzam Lake preserve and the adjacent Close Property, currently linked by a forest trail. (more…)

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Real estate Tuesday

madisonlane1.jpgReal estate may be a bad subject for some people around here, but the real estate agents I know are huge proponents of sustainable growth, civic involvement and environmental sensitivity. Many of them volunteer large chunks of time to serve the community (and other communities in need, like New Orleans after Katrina). I’m not naming names (wouldn’t want to embarrass anyone or insult by omission). But if you’re looking for an agent, talk to some of the women at Windermere or Prudential (sorry, I don’t know any of the guys).

Speaking of real estate, Yahoo’s real estate page (based on MLS data) says that as of October 29, the median price of an island home was $699,000, up 0.6% from September. That puts a sharper point on the question of housing affordability on the island. (more…)

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