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Feb. 27th, 2018 – Interim Moratorium AB2018-077: Imposing an Interim Moratorium on the Acceptance & Processing of Applications & Permits for New or Expanded Facilities

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The Whatcom County Council approved introduction of AB2018-077, an interim moratorium on the issuance of permits for projects related to the exportation of fossil fuels. This action was approved by Councilmembers Buchanan, Ballew, Browne, Donovan, and Sidhu. Voting against the introduction of this item were Councilmembers Byrd and Brenner. The industries at Cherry Point continue to face a County Council …

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Jan. 30th, 2018 – Whatcom County Council Meeting – Hirst Initiated Moratorium Report

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Councilman Donovan was the lone vote opposed.  The Council Chambers was filled with concerned property owners who need a permit which allows for a private-well to build on their property.  Many of those affected testified, Perry Eskridge and Roger Alsmskaar gave wise testimony which several council members mentioned when it came time to vote. Linda Twitchell of BIAWC sums it …

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Jan. 23rd, 2018 – Detailed Summary of Whatcom County Surface Water Meeting

In County Council, Hirst Decision, News, Organizing for Whatcom County, Wake Up Whatcom, Whatcom County Council by commonnw

Here are a few of the many “takeaways” from the Surface Water Work Session held at the Garden Room this morning. The title of these regular, monthly meetings is sometimes misleading, as they are essentially nothing but a regularly-scheduled Special Council Committee of the Whole meeting for the County Council, as are their “Health Board” meetings. Both are held on …

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Local County Council Has Lengthy Meeting With Legal Council Prior to January 9th Special Meeting

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UPDATE – County Council will nominate candidates to fill vacant At-Large seat on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 at 6:00 pm. Appointment to be made January 16th, 2018 Mark your calendar and be sure to join like minded citizens at 6:00 pm this coming Tuesday evening, January 9 at the County Courthouse, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham, 1st floor in the Council Chambers. …

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WC Council Sets 2017 Holiday Wish-List Agenda

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Mark your calendar and be sure to join like minded citizens for an enlightening session at the Whatcom County Council meeting at 7:00 pm this coming Tuesday evening, December 5 at the County Courthouse, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham, 1st floor in the Council Chambers. Come early for a good seat. During “Open Session”, let Council know share your thoughts on their …

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The Price of No-Growth

In County Council, News, Wake Up Whatcom by commonnw

Analysis and Opinion By Jim McKinney Whatcom County and Bellingham are unique and special places to live.  Outsiders must agree, as proven by the population growth and skyrocketing housing prices.  I believe that most residents want it to stay special.  They want to protect the environment.  They want to avoid urban sprawl.  They want a green economy.  They want to …