Critical Areas Ordinance Update


The City of Bainbridge Island is updating its Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) under the Washington Growth Management Act. The CAO (Bainbridge Island Municipal Code Chapter 16.20) is the portion of local code that provides development standards for protecting the environment and minimizing risk to human safety.  Critical areas include:

   - Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas;
   - Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Areas;
   - Frequently Flooded Areas;
   - Geologically Hazardous Areas; and
   - Wetlands.

Draft Documents

Planning Commission Recommended Draft Ordinance
City Council Public Hearing Draft - October 3, 2017

Background Information

Supporting information for the CAO update includes:
SEPA Notice of Determination of Non-Significance
SEPA Environmental Checklist
Issues/Topics for Consideration  
Background, Scope of Work and Schedule 
Current CAO  
Critical Areas Ordinance Transmittal Memo to Council
BAS References

Schedule and Opportunities for Public Input

Staff anticipates the update will be completed in October.City Council will begin its review at their August 2, 2017 Study Session.  Please refer to City Council Agendas for future meeting dates and times.
Public participation is invited throughout the CAO update process. Check this page for updated project information, timelines, draft documents and meeting notices. You may also join an email listserv to receive timely project notifications:  Notify Me
If you have questions or comments regarding this project please contact Senior Planner Christy Carr at (206) 780-3719 or