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May 2, 2016: RE Sources for Sustainable Communities hosts comment workshops on Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan

posted Aug 18, 2016, 12:58 PM by Virginia Cleaveland   [ updated Aug 18, 2016, 1:15 PM ]
Citizens will learn how to turn their ideas into policies at workshops in Lynden, Deming, Bellingham and Ferndale. 

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities is hosting comment workshops in May and June throughout Whatcom County to help the public learn how they can effectively turn their ideas into policies in Whatcom County’s Comprehensive Plan update.

The Comprehensive Plan is Whatcom County’s official long-range planning document. It contains goals and policies that guide growth in Whatcom County, determining how our county will handle an estimated 75,000 new residents over the next 20 years. It informs policy, budget decisions, and development standards, thereby determining the future of our community. The Comprehensive Plan update, informed by public input, is required by the state Growth Management Act.

The comment workshops are designed to engage the public in Whatcom County’s policymaking process and help citizens craft informed responses to environment, growth and economic issues they want addressed in the Comprehensive Plan.

The workshop locations and dates are:
  • Lynden: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, Monday, May 9, at Bellewood Acres, 6140 WA-539, Lynden. This comment workshop will focus on policies addressing drought preparedness, water availability and water pollution. 

  • Deming: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, Monday, May 23, at Deming Library, 5044 Mt Baker Hwy, Deming. This comment workshop will focus on policies addressing water availability, water pollution, and the health of the Nooksack River.

  • Bellingham: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, Thursday, June 2, at RE Sources for Sustainable Communities Sustainable Living Center, 2309 Meridian St., Bellingham. This comment workshop will focus on policies creating clean energy jobs and preventing future fossil fuel export projects from Cherry Point.

  • Ferndale: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, Tuesday, June 7, at Ferndale Public Library, 2125 Main St, Ferndale. This comment workshop will focus on policies addressing urban sprawl, water availability, and the health of the Nooksack River.
RE Sources has worked alongside Whatcom County planners and elected officials for the past three years to ensure the plan includes specific policy language to keep our community safe by preventing new fossil fuel export projects; ensuring we have enough clean water available to sustain farms, fish and people; preserving farm and forest lands by preventing urban sprawl; and investing in energy security by opening the door to renewable energy jobs and achieving carbon neutrality.

The public can submit comments on the plan through the June 28 deadline, although this deadline may be extended. The final public hearing on the plan is currently scheduled at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, June 28, at Whatcom County Council chambers, 311 Grand Ave. in Bellingham.

For more information, visit http://www.re-sources.org/programs/cleanwater/compplan.

Media Contact: Hannah Coughlin, Communications Director, hannahc@re-sources.org
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