Birch Bay community plan on tonight�s agenda

Published on Thu, Feb 12, 2004
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Birch Bay community plan on tonight�s agenda

�It�s nice to see it happening. We�ve been doing this for three years,� said Kathy Berg, vice-chair of the Birch Bay Steering Committee.

She�s talking about the Birch Bay community plan, A 2020 Look to the Future, which highlights population and housing, incorporation, land use, and other issues. It represents three years� work involving more than 2,000 people in the county, and built on previous planning efforts in economic development and shoreline improvement initiated by the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce.The plan will be discussed at tonight�s Whatcom County planning commission meeting, where it will be considered for final action.

If the planning commission takes final action this evening, the plan will be introduced at the February 24 county council meeting, said Sylvia Goodwin, the manager for the county�s planning and services division. The council planning and development committee will then meet and decide whether or not to recommend a council hearing on the plan, and whether they want to further discuss the Ellen Shea project � a proposed retreat on Birch Point requiring a 10-acre rezone, she said. If a public hearing is held, the earliest date would be is March 23.

The Birch Bay steering committee will next meet on Wednesday, February 25 at 7 p.m. at the Birch Bay fire station on Birch Bay - Lynden Road.

�We�ll be talking more about the project and the donation,� Berg said, referring to the recent $338,000 land donation made by Malibu Associates to Birch Bay. The committee has narrowed down a group of projects they plan to implement through that donation, specifically a public restroom and parking lot area on Birch Bay Drive. For a copy of the Birch Bay plan, visit online at www.smartgrowthbirchbay.org.

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