Comp Plan update Chapter 8 – Resource Lands

Chapter 7 – Economics

Thursday’s Planning Commission meeting will involve a work session on two chapters of the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan: Chapter 8 on Resource Lands, and Chapter 7 on Economics.”  This work session will be held Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the Northwest Annex Conference Room, 5280 Northwest Drive, Bellingham. We will not be considering any other chapter for final decisions this week.

Council appoints new District 3 Planning Commissioner

The County Council June 11th appointed Kelvin Barton to the vacancy on the Planning Commission, representing District 3. Mr. Barton lives in Birch Bay and has served on the Birch Bay Advisory Committee, and is retired after a career as a land use planner in Everett. You can read his resume here, on page 348. I’m excited to have Birch Bay represented on the Commission, since it is the largest unincorporated area of the county.

Bellingham Planning Commission also tonight – hearing on UGAs

While I’m sure our County Planning commission meeting will be riveting, the real action tonight will be at the Bellingham Planning Commission meeting.  They will be holding a public hearing on the UGA boundary recommendation to be forwarded to City Council for their consideration. The big bugaboo for this County Comp Plan update is the population growth we plan for. Deciding on that number is a combination of demographic projections and community vision. Bellingham City Council has tentatively agreed to take more population than they would take if strictly historically proportional, requiring higher densities in the city and allowing reduced growth in the rural areas. But the devil is in the details. Where and how will this density be put in the city? Here’s what the Herald had to say.

Here’s a link to the meeting packet. Perhaps you’ll have better luck opening it than I did. The meeting starts at 7 pm, in the City Council Chambers.