3 public hearings for BI council Oct. 11

Three public hearings will take place at the Bainbridge Island City Council meeting Oct. 11.

The first will be on a proposed law that would give increased density bonus for affordable housing located on property owned or controlled by religious organizations.

The second will be on the biennial budget, which was discussed at the last council meeting two weeks ago. A final public hearing on that will take place Nov. 8.

The final public hearing will be on property tax collections for 2023.

In regular business, the council will discuss redistricting the council wards and set a date for a public hearing. It will also discuss developing a Public Art Plan and authorize spending of up to $50,000 for a subfund. And they will talk about a program to accelerate the Sustainable Transportation Plan.

City manager Blair King will talk to the council about priorities and a work plan for city projects. He will also talk about the numerous building inspections and permits; the Climate Action Plan; the police report; and the Farm Trail.

In the consent agenda, almost $212,000 will be asked for to help plan and design the Sound to Olympics Trail. When completed, the 40-mile STO will link the Bainbridge Island Ferry to Olympic Discovery Trail in Jefferson County. BI has completed 1.1 miles of the 6.6 miles of trail on the island. It will connect neighborhoods, parks and public facilities.

Another high-cost item on that agenda is almost $360,000 for an update on the Winslow Subarea Plan, with a related $110,000 budget amendment.

In other city news, the council is expected to approve proclamations for Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month and Resilience Awareness Month, along with announcing the roll out of the city project One Read for Justice.