Island Center Subarea Planning 

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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.  The Island Center subarea planning process is expected to last 12 to 18 months.  The Steering Committee meets at 6:30 PM on the first and third Wednesday of every month at City Hall (280 Madison Ave N).  Meeting agendas may be found here.

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.  

Check out the Steering Committee at work on this process by listening to the February 27th and March 6th meetings.  

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.  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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