County to hold open house on low-impact development in Birch Bay

Published on Wed, Nov 9, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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The Whatcom County Planning Department will hold an open house in Birch Bay to gather further public input on a low-impact development plan for the Birch Bay watershed.

A key portion of the plan is a low-impact development manual, which has been in the works since November 2010. The manual will serve as a guide for property owners in the Birch Bay watershed who want to develop their land in an environmentally friendly way.

The core of the manual is a collection of incentives available to developers who utilize low-impact development practices, such as preserving trees and forestland and protecting wetlands and streams. The incentives would include an accelerated permitting process and the option to pay a fee instead of improving wetlands onsite. Seeking the incentives through low-impact development practices would be optional.

The open house will gather further public input on proposed updates to the low-impact plan. County planning and development services expects to submit the plan to the county planning commission on December 8.

The meeting will start at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 21, at Birch Bay Bible Community Church, 7039 Jackson Road.

Click here for more information on the low-impact development plan and for a draft copy of the low-impact development manual.


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