Meetingsto unveil Birch Bay town concepts

Published on Thu, Feb 8, 2007 by ara Nelson

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Meetings to unveil Birch Bay town concepts

By Tara Nelson

Birch Bay residents are invited to see what a new Birch Bay town center might look like this Thursday.

The Birch Bay Steering Committee has scheduled a series of meetings that will showcase the preliminary design guidelines and a town plan for Birch Bay.

The Whatcom County planning and development department has hired the help of A Northwest Collaborative (ANC), an architectural and bioregional planning firm led by Davidya Kasperzyk, to facilitate the events.

The Birch Bay Steering Committee and Whatcom County will host the ANC team at 6:30 p.m. to review previous findings and examine town concepts developed by ANC.

A second meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, February 10, and will include an examination of site planning, sustainability, streetscape design, building design, public access, and connectivity.

Both meetings will be held at the Birch Bay Community Church at 7039 Jackson Road in Birch Bay.

The ANC team features Davidya Kasperzyk, whose town planning work includes “Imagine Shelton,” and numerous Seattle neighborhoods, as well as Don Carlson, an award-winning architect and urban designer who created Bellingham’s Bellwether buildings, Greg Waddell, a former Bellingham planning director, and Pam Beyette, a renowned public artist.

Other Birch Bay meetings:

• The land use and economic development subcommittee of the Birch Bay Steering Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 14 at the Birch Bay Bible Community Church to discuss plans and the scope of work for 2007.

• The parks, recreation and open spaces subcommittee is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Monday, February 19 at the Birch Bay Bible Community Church.

• The task force for stormwater management and shellfish protection is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, February 21 at the Birch Bay Bible Community Church to discuss continued efforts to establish a subflood district called Birch Bay Watershed & Aquatic Resources Management (BBWARM) district.

• The League of Women Voters and Whatcom County Planning and development services will hold a short course on planning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 28 at the Whatcom County Council chambers at 311 Grand Avenue in Bellingham.

This will take the place of the Birch Bay Steering Committee meeting for February. For more information about the committee and its subcommittee meetings, visit www.biz.birchbay.net/bbsc