Dennis Reynolds Responds to the SMP Update

July 22 Meeting about a response to the SMP Update



This is a great night to come to the meeting for planning the lawsuit against the City and the DOE over the SMP

The end is near.

DOE letterhead

Dear Interested Parties:

RE: Bainbridge Island Shoreline Master Program Comprehensive Update

On June 23, 2014, The Department of Ecology (Ecology) approved, with changes, the city of Bainbridge Island’s (City) Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. The comprehensive update revises the existing SMP, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative process and definitions.

During its formal review process, Ecology conducted a public comment period and determined that some changes are required for the SMP to be consistent with the Shoreline Management Act (RCW 90.58) and the SMP Guidelines (WAC 173-26).

To review Ecology’s documents related to the Bainbridge Island SMP, please check Ecology’s website.

On Ecology’s Website you will find the following documents:

  • Director of Ecology’s conditional approval letter
  • Attachment A: Findings and Conclusions
  • Attachment B: Required Changes
  • Attachment C: Recommended Changes
  • Attachment D: Ecology Response to Comment

In order for the Bainbridge Island SMP to go into effect, the City must send Ecology a written notice agreeing to the changes. The effective date of the SMP will be 14 days after the date of Ecology’s final action. If the City does not agree with the changes or proposes alternative language, it may submit an alternative proposal for Ecology review.

We sent this letter to you because your name is on an “interested party” mailing list, you commented on the draft SMP previously, or you indicated that you want to be notified of any actions concerning the city of Bainbridge Island SMP.

If you have any questions about the SMP update, please contact me at or (425) 649-4309. If you would like a paper copy of Ecology’s documents, please contact Jackie Chandler at (360) 407-7678, persons with hearing loss can call 711 for Washington Relay Service, and persons with speech disabilities can call 877-833-6341.

Barbara Nightingale Shoreline Planner

June 2 SMP Hearing Postponed

At Monday night’s SMP Workshop, the DOE representative said that because they had received 35 questions from the AG’s office on the SMP and 21 questions from the AG’s office on the DOE’s response to public comments that the Public Hearing tentatively scheduled for June 2 would have to be delay, indefinitely.

DOE Abuse of Power

State Senators hold hearing exposing DOE’s abuse of citizenry and local government. (Freedom Foundation article)

Last Thursday, members of the Washington State Senate convened in Sumner to discuss the damaging effects of the Shoreline Management Act (SMA) on property rights. We referenced this hearing here. Of particular interest in this discussion was the role the Department of Ecology plays in the SMP update process.

Legislators in attendance were Sen. Pam Roach (R-31st), Sen. Bruce Dammeir (R-25th), Sen. Jan Angel (R-26th), Sen. Doug Ericksen (R-42nd), Sen. Bob Hasegawa (D-11th), and Rep. Graham Hunt (R-2nd).

Pierce County Councilmembers Dan Roach, Jim McCune and Joyce McDonald also came to ask questions and listen to public comment.

Fortunately, for all those unable to attend, you can see the complete TVW coverage of this hearing here, and I would strongly recommend anyone who cares about property rights, or who wants to see citizens point out the many problems with the Department of Ecology, to watch and share this video.

Best Regards,


SMP Workshop Monday, April 28

MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2014

6:00P.M. to 7:00 WORKSHOP

Shoreline Master Program Update (Additional DOE Required Changes)


042814 Council Memo SMP Workshop.docx,

042814 Additional Council Info Table Attachment A.docx,

042814 Revised Table 4 Attachment B.docx,

042814 SMP Section 5.2 Aquaculture Clean Attachment C.docx,

042814 SMP Section 5.2 Aquaculture Strikeout-Underline Attacment D.docx,

042814 Revised Major-Minor Permit Language Attachment E.docx,

042814 SMP Draft 04-28-14 Workshop–CLEAN.docx Less mitigation manual

7:45P.M. PUBLIC COMMENT – 10 minutes


City Permitting Process Is About to Become More Streamlined

It’s April 1st, and this just arrived from COBI:

If you’ve ever dreamed of checking the status of your building permit from the comfort of your kitchen table, your dream is about to come true. On April 14th, Bainbridge Island’s Department of Planning and Community Development will transition from their existing Tidemark Permitting System to SMARTGov; a permit tracking system developed by Paladin Data System, located in Poulsbo, WA.

Phase One of this transition will allow residents to utilize the new public portal to gain a transparent insight into the City’s permitting process. Permit applicants will be able to:

  • Search for permits by permit number, address, name, or contractor
  • View permit information such as contacts, and submittal requirements
  • Search and view public notice announcements for land use actions
  • Monitor approval steps, inspection results, and pending permit conditions online

“The training and implementation will require a lot of work from the staff at the onset. But the payoff in terms of streamlining processes and improving customer service is huge,” said Kathy Cook, Planning Director.

Continue reading ‘City Permitting Process Is About to Become More Streamlined’

City Council Moves Forward on final SMP

From an email by Gary Tripp…

City Council will NOT RECONSIDER issues passed by the previous CC

  1. City Council will NOT RECONSIDER declaring most of the shoreline homes and all their front yards non-conforming
  2. City Council will NOT allowing existing homes to be rebuilt in their original footprint if that footprint is in the buffer.

Go to select WMV or MP4 for 3/24 and go to time below

City Council comments on SMP process and public hearing starts at 01:55:30

SMP Update Public Hearing Wed. Nov. 20 7:00 PM

Public Hearing on the final draft of the City of Bainbridge Island Shoreline Management Plan Update will take place on Wednesday, November 20 at 7:00. Although it appears that the city council will pass it with few if any further modifications, if you believe it negatively affects your shoreline property, you should testify. Prepare your remarks in advance. Be specific about the section or sections that you would like to have changed, and even suggest language that you’d prefer. Comments will be limited to 3 minutes or less if there is a big crowd.

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