Island Center Subarea Planning 

Status of City Advisory Group Meetings
All City Advisory Group meetings, excluding Planning Commission and the Design Review Board, are canceled until May 31 due to Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order issued on March 23.

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Information on Role of Councilmember Liaisons.

Information presented at the Island Center Open House and Workshop may be seen by clicking on the below links:

The Island Center Subarea Planning Process Steering Committee is developing alternatives for the Island Center Neighborhood Center area.  The Steering Committee has been considering a range of issues from traffic to history and land use to pedestrian safety.  If you missed the open house/workshop held February 10, 2020 at city hall, you may view the video above and hear the presentation by the Steering Committee.

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Current Island Center NC Map1

How Does the Subarea Planning Process Work?

In 2017, the City Council identified Island Center subarea planning as a priority. The Council then appointed a steering committee, which has been meeting and gathering information. The Subarea Planning Process is outlined in Bainbridge Island Municipal Code (BIMC) Section 2.16.210 (PDF). City Council had appointed a steering committee composed mostly of residents and business owners in or nearby Island Center.  

Steering Committee Work

A summary of existing conditions were compiled and the Steering Committee drafted goals for the subarea plan. The Steering Committee has drafted a Vision Statement and selected draft planning boundaries for this effort as shown here.  There is an inner and outer boundary.  The outer boundary is a "transportation sphere of influence" recognizing that transportation is an issue of great concern with Island Center subarea planning.

The Steering Committee is currently developing alternatives for the Island Center Neighborhood Center.  When the alternatives are refined, a public open house will be hosted to receive feedback from the public on the proposed alternatives.  

June 18, 2018 "Envision Island Center - A Community Kickoff"

This community event came about as a way to talk about the future of Island Center in both large and smaller group settings.  See a summary of the meeting here.

Island Center Survey Results

The month-long Island Center survey closed on July 15, 2018.  Over 650 people took the survey.  Survey results summarized here.

Relevant City Documents & Studies

The following documents help to explain the current status of the Island Center and showcase projects that are in process:

Historical Island Center Subarea Planning Process Documents

A previous Island Center subarea planning process took place between 2000 and 2002. The draft Island Subarea Plan that was developed, but not adopted by the City Council, and other supporting documents can be found on the City’s NextRequest portal.


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