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Watershed Management Board Diminishes the Role of Stakeholders

In Hirst Decision, Local Government, News, Wake Up Whatcom, Whatcom County Council by commonnw

This recently released PDF document shows the plans being made by the Watershed Management Board to run meetings and exclude the legally authorized WRIA 1 – Planning Unit members from the process. In October 2017, the Washington State Legislature passed ESSB 6091, which redefined the need for an updated watershed plan and acknowledge that the lead agency is Whatcom County Council …

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The Push for “Legal” Trespass

In Common Voices, Information Sources by commonnw

There was a significant push during the latest Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) review process to make Whatcom County Farm Plan information part of the public record. In the council review workshop on July 11, 2017, former councilman Carl Weimer proposed the following amendment regarding farm plan disclosure ITEM 13 (Originally Issue 146) (Weimer) 16.16.870 Limited Public Disclosure Amend subsection (B) to …

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

In Hirst Decision, Local Government, 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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The Road to Good Governance Begins with You – Local Politics 101

In Local Government, News, Wake Up Whatcom by commonnw

This information article was put together in collaboration with; Jack Petree and David Onkels Your Economy – Your Environment – Your Health – Your Safety Your Quality of Life – As Determined by Your Local Government OVERVIEW Washington’s Growth Management Act (GMA) drives most decision making in Whatcom County impacting the economy, the environment, health and safety issues, and overall quality of …