Design Review Board

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Deadline:  Friday, April 24, 2020.

Applicants must be available in May for interviews. 

Regular Meetings

Governor Inslee issued his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order on Monday, March 23, 2020. This order imposed significant new requirements on all Washingtonians and ordered a halt to all non-essential business activities. In the last few days, the Governor has provided additional clarification on some of the impacts related to this order. One of these was Proclamation 20-28 issued on March 24, 2020.

It is the City’s belief that both the spirit and letter of this order, and of “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” more generally, necessitate the cancellation of Design Review Board meetings through April 30, 2020. The content of typical Design Review Board meetings do not meet the criteria described in Proclamation 20-28 because it is not essential to City operations for the Design Review Board to meet at this time. Also, Design Review Board meetings are not associated with emergency response actions.

We look forward to the time when we may once again meet together to champion the work of the City. Until then: “Stay Home, Stay Healthy.”

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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Established By

Bainbridge Island Municipal Code Chapter 2.14


2018 Annual Report & 2019 Work Plan


Design Review Board is composed of seven members who shall include at least one representative with expertise in the following disciplines and/or groups: landscape architecture; urban design; public art committee or local artist; developers; at-large community member; and at least two architects.

The board shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Serve in an advisory capacity to the director, hearing examiner and planning commission, as applicable, regarding site plan and design reviews and conditional use permits pursuant to BIMC 2.16.040, 16.050, and 2.16.110 that are subject to city-adopted design guidelines. Applications related to single-family residences such as family day care homes, minor/major home occupations, and single-family residential height variations are exempt from design review board consideration. In addition, applications related to utility facilities and to outdoor recreation facilities are exempt from design review board consideration.
  2. Review and make recommendations to the planning commission and the city council on changes, amendments and/or additions to the design guidelines.
  3. Serve in an advisory and review capacity to housing design demonstration project applications pursuant to BIMC 2.16.020.Q, including those design demonstration project applications involving land subdivision.
  4. Such other duties and responsibilities as may be provided by resolution or ordinance of the city council.
  5. Report annually to the city council prior to the start of the budget process.