Bainbridge Shoreline Homeowners

Petition for Review Filed with Growth Management Hearings Board

Preserve Responsible Shoreline Management LLC (PRSM) and Petitioners filed aPetition for Review with the Growth Management Hearings Board to challenge the City of Bainbridge Island’s new Shoreline Master Program (SMP) – Ordinance 2014-04.


The petition claims that certain regulations of the Shoreline Management Act (SMA) have been violated which negatively affects single family homeowners on the shoreline. The twenty-one page petition cites forty-eight issues based on Public Participation Failures, violations of the SMA and conflict with the Comprehensive Plan and/or Development Regulations. It alludes to but does not expand upon additional constitutional issues outside the purview of the Growth Management Hearings Board.

The eleven petitioners consist of both individuals and organizations.

The new SMP is virtually silent about the real sources of pollution on Bainbridge Island said Richard Haugan, a founder of Preserve Responsible Shoreline Management LLC, petitioner and coordinator of the appeal. The City spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars creating law that targets one group of environmentally responsible homeowners, while ignoring the road and highway runoff and city sewage leaks that emit, far and away, the largest amount of pollutants entering the Puget Sound from our community.

The petitioners seek that the Growth Management Hearings Board to find the Bainbridge SMP non-compliant and to strike the ordinance.

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