Marijuana Zoning Fixes on PC Agenda

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Thursday, February 12th to amend Whatcom County zoning code on recreational marijuana type uses. The Planing Department has had over six months working with the interim code, and is not proposing some minor modifications to clarify language.  Agenda materials HERE. The meeting begins at 6:30 at the County Annex, NW & Smith Roads.

The Commission will also be electing a new chair and reviewing business rules for possible changes.

Council Appoints Knapp and Oliver to Planning Commission

After postponing their vote on appointing two new members of the Planning Commission for District 1, the Council got a passel of applicants. You can see all the applications HERE starting on page 375. The Council chose Nicole Oliver and Michael Knapp. Oliver works for the City Of Bellingham, including eight years as Communications Coordinator for the Planning Department. Knapp (page 391) has 40 years of experience as an architect and urban planner, including serving as Director of Whatcom County’s Planning & Development Services in the 1990s. They join seven other Commissioners – the list is HERE.

County code enforcement gains new tools for quicker response

PDS Director Sam Ryan had an op-ed published in the Bellingham Herald recently about what’s new at PDS. Read it HERE.

Charter Review Commission Meeting Schedule

Sort of off-topic but who else is going to let folks know when the Charter Review Commission is meeting? Meetings are scheduled on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 6:30 pm, mostly at the Civic Center Garden Level Conference Room, 322 N. Commercial, Bellingham. But the next meeting, on Feb 23, will be at Lummi Administration Center, 2665 Kwina Road. Find all their business HERE.

Critical Areas Ordinance Update a part of the Comprehensive Plan Update

I focus in these posts on the business before the Planning Commission, but before a lot of things get to the PC, there has been a lot of work done by a lot of other people. One of these documents is the Critical Areas Ordinance. Here’s the schedule for their work this year and next. they will deal with flood issues, wetlands, geohazards, and agricultural lands. They meet on the third Wednesday of each month from 3:30-5:30 pm at the County Annex, NW and Smith Roads. They’d love to have some company.

Next County Council meeting March 3
FULL County Council AGENDA
Planning Commission AGENDA
Planning Commission Meeting Schedule