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Posted on: May 14, 2019

Join the discussion: How should buildings "look and feel" on Bainbridge?

Design Guidelines

How should buildings "look and feel" on Bainbridge Island? City staff will continue this discussion on design guidelines during a Wednesday, May 22 meeting. 

The City is updating its existing design guidelines for major projects as part of the moratorium work plan. Design guidelines are a method of guiding development and enhancing the quality of buildings, sites, and the public realm. The "look and feel" of development throughout the island should reflect the Island's values and character. These guidelines do not apply to single-family homes (other than within the Fort Ward Overlay District). 

The May 22 meeting will be held 6:30-8 p.m. in the Council Chamber. It will include a presentation from the City's consultant, Framework, and information about draft guidelines, recommendations, and opportunities for input. 

Draft guidelines were developed based on an existing conditions assessment and input from the City's Design Review Board, focus groups, and the first public meeting in January.

"Two of the big issues that we heard from the public are highlighted in the draft guidelines," said Leslie Bain who is the lead consultant at Framework. "One is that new development should 'Say Bainbridge' --  in other words, looks like it belongs on and to the Island. That does not mean one particular style, but projects should draw from and contribute to their context."

Bain said the other feedback received was to put sustainability at the forefront of design. She said the new guidelines will also be "clearer, better organized, and more user-friendly."

Following the public meeting, the draft design guidelines are scheduled to be presented to the City Council on June 4. The draft design guidelines will be revised and finalized based on input received at both meetings. 

It's expected the update will be finalized this summer. 

Learn more here.

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