Six-Month Temporary Building Moratorium

The City Council passed Ordinances 2018-02 and 2018-03 declaring a temporary six-month moratorium on the acceptance of certain development applications.

Citing a desire to have additional time to review regulations and policies to ensure the vision, guiding principles, goals and policies of the City’s Comprehensive Plan are being met to the Council’s satisfaction, the Council passed a six-month moratorium on all building permit applications or land use applications included or otherwise described in Table 2.16.010-1 of the Bainbridge Island Municipal Code. One of the key concerns expressed by the Council in adopting the moratorium is the Council’s ongoing consideration of the Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) Update. Given the significance of the update to those regulations, the Council expressed a need for a temporary “timeout” to allow for additional public outreach in determining how best to protect the Island’s unique environment.

The moratorium does not apply to building or land use applications that are already vested or specifically excluded in the “Exclusions” section of the ordinance. There are a number of exclusions to the moratorium which are set forth in Ordinance 2018-02, as amended by Ordinance 2018-03.  

Upcoming Meetings

A Public Hearing will be held at a City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 13 during the regular City Council meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m. 

For review of the January 9, 2018 City Council meeting and other City Council meetings, agendas, and minutes are located at City Council Agendas.

Background and Supporting Documents

Ordinance 2018-03 - passed January 16, 2018

Ordinance 2018-02 - passed January 9, 2018
Land Use Procedures Summary Table (BIMC 2.16.010)

Revised Code of Washington State (RCW) Section 36.70A.390 Moratoria

News Media and Publications

Bainbridge Island Review – COBI Moratorium Article 011218 
Kitsap Sun – COBI Moratorium Article 011518

KOMO News – COBI Moratorium Article 01162018

KING5 News – COBI Moratorium Article 011618  

Comments and Questions

Public participation is invited throughout the Moratorium process. Check this page for updated information, timelines, draft documents and meeting notices. You may also join an email listserv to receive timely project notifications: Notify Me 

For more information on how the moratorium may impact your project, stop by the Planning and Community Development Counter at City Hall, or email .  

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