County agrees to settlement with Trillium, city

Published on Thu, Dec 9, 2010 by By Jeremy Schwartz

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The Trillium Corporation will be allowed to continue the development process for a 624-acre project in west Blaine after Whatcom County Council approved a settlement Tuesday night.

The council voted 5-2, with coucilmembers Ken Mann and Carl Weimer opposing, to approve a settlement between the city of Blaine, Trillium and the county that will allow the company to continue the permit process for their 1,200-unit Semiahmoo West project.

On Monday, December 6, Blaine City Council approved a similar settlement.

If approved, the entire project would more than double the number of existing homes in west Blaine with 1,246 additional homes and as much as 60,000 square feet of commercial space on 624 acres west of Semiahmoo Parkway. The existing Semiahmoo development, by comparison, has about 800 homes.

The settlement would also allow the city and Trillium to request the development to be put back into the city’s urban growth area.