City to hold public hearing on planned land acquisition

Published on Wed, Sep 21, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Officials with the city of Blaine want to extend utilities to housing developments in east Blaine by acquiring land via condemnation, and they want the public’s input on the matter.

The city will host a public hearing as part the regular city council meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, September 26, to gather the public’s opinion on acquiring utility easements through two parcels in east Blaine, just west of the Grandis Pond development.
The easements will allow the city to extend  sewer services to Grandis Pond and any future developments in the area, Blaine city manager Gary Tomsic said.

Negotiations between the city and the landowners, the Robert D. Martin Family, LLC, to obtain the easements have not been successful due to disagreements over the land’s value, so the city is seeking to condemn and acquire the land via eminent domain.

However, condemnation proceedings do not necessarily mean the city will not agree upon a price and buy the parcels from the Martin family.

The easements stretch over two parcels in east Blaine in a narrow area known as the Motts Hill Parkway corridor.


The entire parcels are worth approximately $5,500 each, according to Whatcom County Assessor’s records. Tomsic said the city has yet to determine how much the specific utility easements are worth.