Visioning workshops allow residents to get involved in shaping Whatcom County's future

Published on Thu, Oct 9, 2008
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Visioning workshops allow residents to get involved in shaping Whatcom County's future

Whatcom County officials are now planning how and where Whatcom County should grow and develop over the next 20 years. To help ensure growth is inline with the values of current residents, county planners have scheduled “Whatcom 2031” a series of visioning workshops to plan for potential growth. Results from the meetings will help planners update the county's comprehensive plan to be consistent with the requirements of Washington State's Growth Management Act.

The county will be asking questions such as:

• What are residents' visions for how Whatcom County should look in 2031?
• Where are the best and worst places for population growth?
• What kinds of transportation does Whatcom County need more of?

The meetings are scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 15 at Bloedel Donovan Park at 2214 Electric Avenue in Bellingham; 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, October 16 at the Bellingham Public Library at 210 Central Avenue in Bellingham; and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 16 at the Lynden Community Center at 401 Grover Street in Lynden.

The comprehensive plan defines how and where growth can occur on a regional scale. It will determine how many people we plan for, where those people live, and how we protect our farms, forests, and other rural lands. It is the roadmap for what future growth looks like in Whatcom County.

Three additional workshops in November will focus on growth alternatives. Whatcom County is also planning to schedule a preliminary hearing in front of Whatcom County Council about growth issues in December.

For those who are unable to attend the forums in person, email comments may be sent in advance to pds@co.whatcom.wa.us. Written comments can be sent to:

Whatcom County Planning and Development Services
5280 Northwest Drive
Bellingham, WA 98226
ATTN: Whatcom 2031