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Fix The Code Bainbridge Island

Working together to fix the city code and maintain the quality of life for island residents.

Crematories Need To Be Regulated

The current Bainbridge Island City Code lacks regulations for the construction and operation of crematoria, including setbacks from residential areas, environmental protection measures, and necessary safety requirements. 

What Should City Council Do?

Amend the city code to:

  1. Include use-specific standards for crematoria that includes classification as an industrial use.
  2. Restrict crematoria to industrial zones and exclude them from residential zones.
  3. Require crematoria to have a 300 foot minimum setback from residential zones and sensitive areas.

Bainbridge Conservation Coalition Letter to City Council

Reveiw of Washington City & County Codes

Process Issue In The Code & How To Fix It

Why Does This Matter?

Plans are being pursued to construct a crematory at Hillcrest Cemetery on Old Mill Road on Bainbridge Island.

This is a residential area. The proposed crematory construction site is within 30 feet of a designated wetland, 200 feet of eight residential properties with occupied homes and one commercial farm

See what other cities, counties and states require

The Proposed Hillcrest Crematorium Is Within:

Feet of a designated wetland

Eight residential properties and one commercial produce farm

Of twenty residential properties and the Cougar Creek Watershed

Blakely Harbor Elementary School

How Should The Code Be Fixed?

  1. Include use-specific standards for crematoria that includes classification as an industrial use.
  2. Restrict crematoria to industrial zones and exclude them from residential zones.
  3. Require a 300 foot minimum setback from residential zones and sensitive areas.

Why doesn’t the Kitsap County Code Apply on Bainbridge Island?

In 1991 the City of Bainbridge Island and an all-island government was established, incorporating all areas of the island into the City of Bainbridge Island. At that time, the City Code came into effect and the Kitsap County Code was no longer valid on the island.

What do other cities, towns & counties in Washington State do?

  • 80 cities, towns or counties specifically mention crematoria in respective codes and either prohibit crematoria from residential zones, established setbacks for crematoria from residential zones, or prohibited crematoria from being constructed entirely.
  • 7 cities, towns or counties, including Kitsap County, specifically classify crematoria in related codes as an industrial use or restrict crematoria to industrial zones.
  • Of the cities, towns and counties that do not specifically address crematoria, 22 specifically prohibit funeral homes and mortuaries from residential zones.

A list of Washington State City & County Codes related to crematories, funeral homes and cemeteries can be found here.

A list of a variety of state codes can be found here.

Get Involved

Attend the Planning Commission Meeting July 24, 2024

The Bainbridge Island Planning Commission will be discussing what regulations should be adopted regarding crematoria on July 25th, 2024 at 6pm, in the council chambers at Bainbridge Island City Hall. The meeting is open to the public and public comment is accepted.

Submit your comment in person at the meeting or via email before the meeting, pcd@bainbridgewa.gov.

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