The Bainbridge Island City Council’s Wednesday meeting went from outcries at the start to yawns as the meeting lingered past midnight. The city’s update to its Shoreline Master Program once again attracted a large number of waterfront property owners.
Their message: The program is not fair, or at least, not understandable. “I have this 350-page document which no one understands, and I have this 185-page document which is the SMP for the city of Seattle,” said Gary Tripp, an island activist at the heart of opposition to the update. “Which has a more complex environment, the city of Seattle or Bainbridge Island?” he asked.
Tripp argued that the update is too complex. Others protested the manner in which property owners have been treated since the controversy over the update began.