UPDATE: County hearing examiner approves BP Heron Center permits

Published on Fri, Mar 16, 2012 by Jeremy Schwartz

Read More The Lighthouse Blog

I apologize for the delay in this update. Yesterday was unexpectedly busy for me. -JS

The Whatcom County Hearing Examiner has issued his approval of two permits necessary for the proposed BP Heron Center at Birch Bay State Park to be built.

Birch Bay State Park manager Ted Morris said a handful of people turned out for Wednesday’s public hearing for the two permits for the proposed interpretive center, and all were in support of the permits' approval. Whatcom County planning staff issued a staff report and recommended the permits be approved.

“Everybody thought it was a great idea,” Morris said.

Further review from the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) is necessary, but Morris does not anticipate the DOE to have any issues with the proposed interpretive center. Morris has only to acquire a building permit for the project, and he expects construction to start by next spring.

“We’ve got pretty good control over this project,” Morris said.

For my previous article on the interpretive center, click here.


Inside the Lighthouse

Welcome to the Lighthouse, the official blog of The Northern Light newspaper. The Lighthouse is the place for some breaking news, previews of upcoming articles, smaller news items and some tidbits of local information that might not make it into the print edition of The Northern Light.

The Northern Light reporter Steve Guntli will be the main contributor to The Lighthouse, but other staff from The Northern Light may add items from time to time.

The Lighthouse is a work in progress and may undergo substantial changes as readers react to the content posted here. The Northern Light kindly asks for the patience of its readers as we edge ever so slightly into the world of blogging.

Thank you, and enjoy The Lighthouse Blog!