County pushes community plan back to July
The planning and development committee of the Whatcom County Council delayed sending the Birch Bay Community Plan on to the full council for a public hearing and approval at their June 15 meeting. The plan is now not expected to be sent on to the full council for a public hearing until next month.
The council committee voted instead to consider additional amendments to the land supply calculations to assume that Planned Unit Developments within the Short Term Planning Area would have a density of eight houses per acre, rather than 5.8 houses per acre the plan currently uses. This means re-calculating the several other sections of the 17-chapter plan that are based on population density figures.
Other issues were discussed, including retention or removal of certain parcels currently included in the urban growth area, but decisions on those possible changes were tabled.
Sylvia Goodwin, Whatcom County planning & development services manager and the county staff person most directly connected with the plan’s development over the past three years, said that she will revise the tables and text for the committee’s consideration at their next meeting, to be held June 29 at 3 p.m. in the county courthouse.
“At that meeting, they may consider additional changes to the zoning or UGA boundary. Once they decide what they want to do, I will prepare another final draft of the plan that they could introduce as soon as July 13, for a public hearing July 27 or August 10,” Goodwin said.