In our third attempt, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on amendments to Whatcom County Zoning Code regarding Weddings, Receptions and Special Events, at it’s next meeting, Thursday, September 11, 6:30 pm at the County Annex, NW & Smith Roads. At its last two meetings the PC have hashed over various versions, and now we will consider two competing versions one “streamlined” and one “more prescriptive.”. The agenda materials are HERE.
At our last meeting, August 14, we had a full house of county residents commenting on the proposals. Some just wanted some kind of clear rules so they could know what they had to do. Another complained about a “festival” held that past weekend just feet from his house with pounding music all day and evening. One group had a planned event canceled because of one neighbor complaint lodged in advance. Clearly there is a need for some rules not only limiting event use on rural property but also rules defining appropriate use.
But the “what ifs” seem to be endless. It was pointed out by a past Planning Director that the county had tried to do this before and it was such a mess they gave up. I’m not sure where I’ll stand on these proposals come meeting time, but what I do know is that these zoning rules regulate temporary events so if they don’t work we can change then without any great damage or loss of value to property owners.
Amendments to Surface Mining rules
The September 11 meeting will also include a work session on amendments to the Whatcom County Code Title 20 and the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan regarding surface mining permitting processes and mineral resource land designation criteria and processes. The agenda materials are HERE
Comprehensive Plan Update: Hearing on Six-Year Capital Improvement Program September 25
The Whatcom County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the draft Six-Year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for Whatcom County Facilities 2015-2020 (Appendix F of the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan) that would replace the existing Six-Year CIP for 2013-2018. The Six-Year CIP includes plans for County parks, trails, activity centers, maintenance and operations, general government buildings and sites, Sheriff’s Office facilities, emergency management, correction facilities, stormwater facilities and transportation. The proposed amendments also include modifying the level of service (LOS) standards for parks and trails and eliminating the LOS standard for activity centers in the Capital Facilities chapter of the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan. File #PLN2014-00007.
This hearing will be held Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the Planning & Development Services Northwest Annex, 5280 Northwest Drive, Bellingham. Read the Project information and draft proposal HERE.
The public is invited to submit written comments and/or attend this meeting to provide oral comments. Written comments may be submitted to:
Whatcom County Planning Commission, ATTN: Becky Boxx, 5280 Northwest Drive
Bellingham, WA 98226. Email: PDS_Planning_commission@co.whatcom.wa.us
Next County Council meeting September 16