City council postpones CAO vote

Published on Wed, Jul 15, 2009 by Tara Nelson

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Despite mounting public pressure to make a final decision on the city’s critical areas ordinance, Blaine City Council voted unanimously Monday to postpone a decision until their next meeting July 27.

The new regulations would increase the standard buffer for category two wetlands from 50 feet to between 75 and 150 feet.

It would also increase the buffer for category three wetlands from 25 feet to between 50 to 100 feet. Category four wetlands, which have not been regulated by the city of Blaine, would now be buffered from development by 25 feet.

Washington state requires cities and counties to review their development regulations every seven years as part of the GMA. That includes the revision of critical areas regulations and the requirement that counties and cities use the best available science in developing environmental policies.

Council members John Liebert, Paul Greenough and Scott Dodd were absent. Dodd is currently attending a U.S. Customs and Border Protection training camp in Georgia.

To see the entire 38-page document, visit www.cityofblaine.com.