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
10:00 AM
Olsen PLN51183 RUE 08/31/18 Listen here 12/04/18
1:00 PM
Galbreath PLN50996 RUE & VAR
10/12/18 Listen here 01/22/19
10:00 AM
CKCB Madison Avenue Development PLN50958 SPR 06/08/18 Listen here 02/27/19
10:00 AM
BHS Bldg 100 Replacement PLN51159 CUP/SPR 01/11/19 Listen here 05/07/19
1:00 PM
Euclid House  PLN51139 RUE 01/11/19 Listen here 04/25/19
10:00 AM
Winslow Hotel PLN50880 SPR/CUP 11/29/19 Listen here 02/28/20
10:00 AM
Police and Court Facility -  PLN51524 CUPA/SPRA 11/15/19 Listen here 08/27/20
To be rescheduled Wysong-Ziemba PLN50280C SSDP SVAR 02/14/20 pending pending
To be rescheduled Huguet-Kroman RUE PLN51228 RUE 03/27/20 pending pending
10:00 AM
Central Highlands (Appeal) n/a n/a Listen here 08/21/20
To be rescheduled AT&T WCF CUP PLN51880 WCF  08/07/20 pending pending
10:00 AM
Rehder RUE PLN50583A RUE 09/04/20 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.


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).