Hearing Examiner

According to Bainbridge Island Municipal Code 2.14.030, the Hearing Examiner is responsible for conducting hearings on and adjudicating quasi-judicial cases involving a variety of complex land use and regulatory compliance issues, and other issues which the City Council may designate to the Hearing Examiner by ordinance. The hearing examiner shall issue decisions or recommendations based on relevant ordinances, regulations, policies, statutes, and other authorities.

The City's primary Hearing Examiners are Ted Hunter and Andrew Reeves, and the Pro Tem Hearing Examiner is Lee Raaen, all of whom are attorneys for Sound Law Center, LLC.  Hearings are held at City Hall in the Council Chamber.  During Gov. Inslee's "Stay Home. Stay Healthy" order, hearings are held online via Zoom. 

Hearing Schedule

Hearing Examiner
Date & Time Project Name Permit Number Notice Audio
Recording
Decision
01/14/2021
10:00 AM
Rehder RUE
Remote Meeting via Zoom
PLN50583A RUE 09/04/20 Listen here 01/29/21
01/28/2021
10:00 AM
Manitou RUE & VAR
Remote Meeting via Zoom
PLN51687 RUE VAR 11/13/20 Listen here 02/16/21
03/24/2021
10:00 AM
Ethics Complaint 2020-02 & 2020-05
Remote Meeting via Zoom
n/a n/a Listen here 04/07/21
02/25/2021
10:00 AM
Huguet-Kroman RUE
Remote Meeting via Zoom
PLN51228 RUE 03/27/20 Listen here 03/12/21
To be rescheduled Manlowe SSDE SVAR PLN51732A SSDE 02/19/21 pending pending
06/10/2021
10:00 AM
AT&T CUP/WCF PLN51880A CUP 04/02/21 pending pending
06/24/2021
10:00 AM
Messenger House Phase 2 PLN51717 SPR/CUPA 04/02/21 pending pending
06/24/2021
1:00 PM
Wintergreen Townhomes PLN51836 SUB/SPR/CUPA 04/30/21 pending pending
07/08/2021
10:00 AM
Landurka LLC RUE PLN51049B RUE 04/09/21 pending pending

Public Comments

Once the written comment period has ended, no other written comments will be considered unless submitted at the scheduled hearing. (See specific project notice for details.)

Appeal Period

A decision may be appealed by filing a written appeal containing a summary of grounds for the appeal to the City Clerk at 280 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110, in accordance with the procedures set forth in the Bainbridge Island Municipal Code, Section 2.16.020. An appeal must be filed no later than 4:00PM on the date listed above.

Decisions & Recommendations

Previous Hearing Examiner Recommendations and Decisions.

Rules

The Bainbridge Island Municipal Code, in Chapters 2.14 and 2.16, establishes the hearing examiner review and appeal procedures. For more information, please read the Hearing Examiner Rules of Procedure (PDF).