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Letter to Whatcom County Council Questions the Council’s Intent on Fulfillment of Hirst Fix Mandates

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

Common Threads NW received a copy of the email sent to the Whatcom County Council from Perry Eskridge, of the Land Use Caucus, a member of the Planning Unit which has been tasked to complete an updated water planning report by February of 2019. The letter sent to the Council clearly questions the tactics used and failure of the 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 …

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County Council Continues Discussion on Regulations to Cherry Point With Moratorium That Will Restrict Growth and Jobs

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

The Whatcom County Council continued their discussion of a “temporary” Cherry Point permit moratorium during its Special Committee of the Whole meeting, on June 19th. Councilmembers had asked staff to prepare Comp Plan amendments in an effort to write regulations that would interrupt Cherry Point-based industries to expand business growth and avoid a lawsuit for Whatcom County. Some ideas Council …

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Whatcom County Council Studys How to Prevent Increased Train Oil Car Traffic. Will They Spend More to Study How to Prevent Increased Pipeline Traffic and Processing at Cherry Point, Too?

In Cherry Point Industrial Area, News, Wake Up Whatcom by commonnw

In 2016 the Whatcom County Council passed a moratorium on permitting for new projects related to fossil fuels in the Cherry Point Industrial Zone. At the same time the Council also approved spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a study to stop the expansion (growth) or exports of fossil fuels from these facilities, too. The focus of that study was …

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Citizen Journalism: May 22nd through June 6, 2018, Whatcom County Council and Watershed Management Board Meetings

In Common Voices, News, Whatcom County Council by commonnw

Whatcom County like our State is better served when the ‘legislatures’ are on vacation or adjourned.   Our State Legislature is adjourned, so safe there for now; our Whatcom County Council is still in session and our County is still at risk. 5/22 Whatcom County Council County sales taxes are increased 12% thus far in 2018.  Preliminary County Capital Projects …