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We advocate on behalf of the citizens of Whatcom County for wise land use practices that will protect rural and resource lands, promote compact, livable cities, and prevent sprawl.

Blue Green Waterfront Coalition

May 2013
Letter the Bellingham Planning Commission on Waterfront Redevelopment

Agricultural Viability

July 2013
Letter to Whatcom County Council on Packinghouses

November 2010

Restore Conservation Futures Funding for Agricultural Protection

July 2009

Resolution for Farmland Preservation to Whatcom County Council

March 2009

Lot Aggregation Zoning Text Amendment to Whatcom County Council

Critical Areas

April 2008


June 2009
Bellingham Denial of Governors Point Water Extension to Bellingham City Council

October 2008
Bellingham Parks, Recreation & Open Space (PRO) Plan to Bellingham City Council

July 2008
Ferndale Large Retail Development Standards (EAGLE) to City of Ferndale

March 2008
Extension by Lake Whatcom Water & Sewer District to Whatcom County Hearing Examiner

September 2007

Pioneer Plaza Environmental Impact Statement to Ferndale Planning Department

Public Participation

April 2010
Public Participation Plan to Whatcom County Planning Commission

Rural Land

** NEW ** May 2012

Rural Element Planning Commission Comments May 22, 2012

November 2011
Caitac Rezone from R10 to R5

November 2011
Rural Development Regulations

Sept 2011
Caitac Rezone at Smith and Guide

March 2011
Rural Element Update, cont.

March 2011
Rural Element Update

February 2011
Proposed Caitec Settlement Agreement

November 2010
Rural Densities and Underground Facilities

June 2010
Early Input on Rural Element Alternatives to Whatcom County Council

September 2009
Proposed Rural Element Amendments to Whatcom County Planning Commission

July 2009
Rural Element Concerns to Whatcom County Planning Commission

April 2009
Rural Element Update and LAMIRD Criteria to Whatcom County Planning Commission

March 2009
Potential Land Use Regulation Changes to Planning & Development Services

January 2009

Whatcom County Zoning Determination for Proposed Chicken Hatchery to Whatcom County Hearing Examiner

December 2008

Limited Areas of More Intense Rural Development (LAMIRD) Criteria to Whatcom County Planning Commission

Shoreline Master Planning

March 2010
Blaine SMP to Blaine Planning Commission

July 2009
Bellingham SMP Update to Bellingham City Council 

Jan 2009
Whatcom County SMP Update to Shoreline Advisory Committee

October 2007
Whatcom County SMP to Washington State Department of Ecology


November 2010
Vehicle Trip Reduction Proposal for Urban Villages

September 2008
Whatcom County Transportation Impact Fees to Whatcom County Planning Commission

August 2008
Whatcom County Transportation Impact Fees to Whatcom County Planning Commission

July 2008

Ferndale 2-Year Concurrency Proposal to City of Ferndale

June 2008

Whatcom County Transportation Impact Fees to Planning & Development Services

February 2008
Interstate 5 Highway Master Plan

Urban Growth Areas

March 2009
Whatcom 2031 Regional Growth Alternatives to Whatcom County PDS

March 2009.
Columbia Valley UGA to County Council

February 2009
Alternatives for UGAs Review and Revision to Whatcom County PDS and County Council

January 2009
Whatcom County Foothills Subarea Plan to

April 2008
Blaine UGA to Whatcom County PDS

January 2008
Whatcom County UGAs to Whatcom County Planning Commission

January 2008
Bellingham UGA to

December 2007

Bellingham UGA to Whatcom County Council

August 2007
Whatcom County UGA to Whatcom County Council

July 2007
Whatcom County UGA to Whatcom County Council

Working Forests

March 2009
Removal of Lot Clustering Provisions to Whatcom County Planning Commission

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