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Whatcom Well Owners Voice Concern Over Latest WRIA1 Plan Outline

In Hirst Decision, News, Whatcom County Council by CTNW NewsLeave a Comment

Private well owners in Whatcom County say they are concerned over proposed fees, withdrawal caps, metering and vague definitions in the County’s WRIA 1 watershed management planning process. The Planning Unit (a citizen based group formed by state statute) is working on an update to the WRIA 1 Watershed Management Plan, as mandated by the legislature’s passage of ESSB 6091 …

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Whatcom County Council Continues Search to Legally Restrict Growth at Cherry Point

In Cherry Point Industrial Area, Common Voices, News, Whatcom County Council by CTNW News

Whatcom County Council members continue to tweak their proposed new rules adding more hurdles to future growth for industries at Cherry Point. During their Special Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday Sept. 11, 2018, council members resumed discussion of preliminary draft Comprehensive Plan and zoning amendments that would affect Cherry Point. Planning and Development Services staff member Matt Aamot …

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Another Interim Moratorium for Cherry Point Industries

In Cherry Point Industrial Area, Local Government, News, Whatcom County Council by commonnw

For a fifth time the Whatcom County Council has extended a moratorium on new or expanded fossil fuel facilities in the Cherry Point Urban Growth Area. New projects for shipping unrefined fossil fuels will continue to be banned for another 6 months until new permanent zoning laws are written. An ordinance imposing this latest moratorium was adopted Wednesday, August 8th, …

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Citizen Journalist: Report on the July 24, 2018 Council Meeting

In Common Voices, Information Sources, Local Government, News, Whatcom County Council by commonnw

Tuesday was full! PUD: Mostly ordinary business; they are working on their ‘Strategic Plan’ update, held in Lynden, we did not attend; supposed to be ‘white paper’ explaining. They also retained RH2 Engineering, no purpose discussed.  RH2, has also hired, via Gary Stoyka WC Public Works and via WC Council; which may help explain PUD retaining RH2? Whatcom County Council …

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Whatcom County Council to Introduce New Interim Moratorium for Cherry Point

In Cherry Point Industrial Area, Common Voices, Economy, Local Government, News, Whatcom County Council by commonnw

Whatcom County Council passes the introduction of a 5th interim moratorium on facilities at Cherry Point during their July 24th, 2018 meeting. Council members introduced ordinance (AB2018-077B) “Imposing an interim moratorium on accepting permits for new or expanded facilities in the Cherry Point urban growth area, the primary purpose of which would be the shipment of unrefined fossil fuels not …