Planning & Community Development

October is Community Planning Month


City Council proclaimed October Community Planning Month in conjunction with the celebration of National Community Planning Month. 

This year's theme - Innovation in Planning - underscores the important role planning plays in addressing and adapting to challenges faced by communities in the 21st century.  Innovation is everything from using data sources and technology to address issues - including affordability, mobility, and sustainability - to celebrating new approaches to creating communities of lasting value.
 

(Excerpted from Council's September 26, 2017 Proclamation.



Values


The Department of Planning and Community Development's aim is to coordinate and manage land use activity. This includes:
  • Implementation of the Comprehensive Plan
  • Administration of building, shoreline, environmental, and subdivision regulations
  • Development review
  • Code compliance
  • Support for a variety of citizen committees, including the Planning Commission

Intent


The department's intent on behalf of the City of Bainbridge Island is to keep its citizens fully informed of development activities, changes to regulations, and planning projects. In order to accomplish this, the department engages the public through a variety of notification processes.

Organizational Chart



Citizen Groups


The department works with a number of citizen groups as part of its baseline public services. Citizen volunteers bring a range of expertise and experience to city committees and commissions. Department staff also coordinate activities with nonprofit community organizations.

Visiting the Department


Counter service is provided between 8 am and 4 pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, and between 8 am and noon on Wednesday and Thursday. City Hall is open during the hours of noon and 4 pm on Wednesday and Thursday, and planning staff is available for previously arranged appointments. 

Building Permit Plans


Building permit plan resubmissions and revisions are accepted Monday through Friday, from 8 to 9 a.m. An appointment is required for the submission of any planning permit (excluding building permits).

Copies of Building Permit Plans
Copies of approved building plans requested by anyone other than the person/ firm that created the plans go through a third-party notification process and will take longer to process.

Development Process Review


Planning and Community Development recently hired The Latimore Company, LLC, to perform a development process review.  You may read their final report here.

The Latimore Company LLC presented their findings to a joint meeting of the City Council, Planning Commission and Design Review Board on June 20, 2017.  You may view the presentation here.