Comp Plan Update Continues

Comp Plan update Chapter 5 – Utilities
2nd look at Chapter 2 – Land Use

Today’s Planning Commission meeting will involve a work session on Chapter 5 of the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan, titled “Utilities.”  This work session will be held Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the Northwest Annex Conference Room, 5280 Northwest Drive, Bellingham. We will re-visit this chapter on May 28th to consider edits and try to “put it to bed.” See the calendar, below.

We will also take our second look at Chapter 2 Land Use (except for the specific UGA sections) to consider proposed edits. We have the edits from staff (red-line version starts on page 115), originally presented last month, and some I have proposed. This chapter has been the subject of litigation and amendments over the years, so there are not really any earth-shattering amendments proposed now. My goal in amendments was to reduce redundant language and clarify some reasons why we have the goals and policies we do. My “why we care about property rights” paragraph might spark some discussion (page 11).

Public Participation Plan

The Public Participation Plan was adopted at our last meeting without amendment.

EIS for Comp Plan draws usual suspects

The hearing for the draft EIS for the Comp Plan, held by the Department of Planning and Development Services (not the Planning Commission) on April 13, drew a small number of folks. Most of the comments were things I had heard before, which is not to say they are unimportant. You can read the comments HERE. The comment period has been extended to May 15. Send your comments to

Vacancy, again, for District 3 Planning Commission

I’ve just been informed by Sam Taylor, who represents District 3 on the commission, that he is resigning because he will be moving out of the area for a new job. Bummer for us, but I trust this is a great opportunity for Sam and his family.