Petition Regarding Proposed Visconsi Development
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We residents of Bainbridge Island wish to register our opposition to the Visconsi development, as proposed, planned for the NE Corner of Highway 305 & High School Road. Our concerns include but are not limited to the following: As proposed, this development equals sprawl, allows over-sized box stores, understates environmental impacts, encourages more car use, and would build commercial space Bainbridge Island does not need. It is out of scale for the location & violates the Comp. Plan which reads: “should have less intense uses than the remainder of the High School Rd District”. A large shopping center at this location would seriously impact traffic at the HWY 305 & HS Rd intersection, adding 231 vehicle movements per peak hour. Yet the Visconsi traffic study anticipates no significant impact to the Level of Service. This simply is not believable. It also fails to explain in detail how the new entrance, opposite Ace will work. A safety evaluation of the lumber yard access, & impact to the HS Rd E. & Ferncliff intersection, are not mentioned. The proposal does not fully acknowledge the adjacent wetland and clearing of the forest habitat, in which 200 significant trees would be removed. The environmental impacts have been understated and the City has not encouraged a design that would retain trees and native vegetation. Our community deserves an accurate assessment of the Visconsi development’s full impacts, with the applicant required to mitigate all of them. C.O.B.I should extend the environmental review period, require more extensive traffic and wetland reviews & require Visconsi to propose mitigation for the impacts of the project. Short of that, and short of addressing all of the concerns listed above, permits for this development should be denied.