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Civic agenda: March 31 – April 6, 2022

This week's meetings and opportunities for public input

THURSDAY, March 31

Lynden School Board, 7:30 a.m., 516 Main St. or teleconference

Agenda with teleconference instructions online. The School Board will convene publicly after a 90-minute closed-door session to announce the new superintendent.

SWISS counties meeting (Snohomish, Whatcom, Island, Skagit San Juan), 1 p.m., virtual meeting: Zoom or watch live on Skagit 21

Agenda online. Whatcom and San Juan County council members and Skagit County commissioners may attend.

MONDAY, April 4

Whatcom County Justice Project Stakeholder Advisory Committee, 1 p.m., virtual meeting

Stakeholder Advisory Committee to discuss the legal and justice system, led by Arlene Feld and Raylene King.

Ferndale City Council, 5 p.m., 5694 Second Ave. or virtual meeting

The agenda and a link to the meeting will be posted in advance.

Anacortes City Council, 6 p.m., 904 6th St. or virtual meeting

Agenda will be posted in advance.

Lynden City Council, 7 p.m., 205 Fourth St.

Agenda and meeting materials will be posted in advance.

TUESDAY, April 5

Board of Natural Resources, 9 a.m., Room 172 Natural Resources Building, Olympia or virtual meeting

Agenda, meeting materials and instructions for joining remotely online.

Bellingham Design Review Board meeting, 3 p.m., virtual meeting

Agenda and meeting materials online. The board will review plans for Millworks Family Housing at 100 W. Laurel St., with affordable housing units and a child care center. Preregistration required.

Whatcom County Justice Project Stakeholder Advisory Committee, 4 p.m., virtual meeting
Stakeholder Advisory Committee to discuss behavioral health, led by Dan Hammill and Stephen Gockley.

Bellingham Broadband Advisory Workgroup, 6 p.m., virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Bellingham Recreation Needs Assessment focus group, 7 p.m., virtual meeting

The third of three focus groups is open to all; K-12 and higher education program providers are encouraged to attend. The purpose of the recreation needs assessment is to equitably provide recreation programs, events, outdoor athletic facilities, indoor recreational/community centers, gymnasiums and aquatic space.


Fairhaven Park entrance sign. Deadline: March 31

View design proposals for a new sign at the entrance of Fairhaven Park and provide your comments. The city of Bellingham takes comments on various projects at

Phillips 66 Integrated Oil Spill Contingency Plan. Deadline: April 7

The state Department of Ecology provides more information and a comment form online.

Bellingham Recreation Needs Assessment Survey. Deadline: April 8

The assessment covers facilities and programs. Fill out the survey online

Lorraine Ellis Park Playground survey. Deadline: April 8

Fill out a three-question survey on a playground replacement at Lorraine Ellis Park in Bellingham’s Columbia neighborhood.

BP Cherry Point — Proposed Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Permit Amendment. Deadline: April 11

The state Department of Ecology provides more information and a comment form online.

Permits for Port of Bellingham shipping terminal maintenance dredging. Deadline: April 15

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Ecology seek comment on maintenance dredging at the Port’s shipping terminal to restore navigable depths.

Anacortes docket of Comprehensive Plan & Development Regulation amendments. Deadline: April 22

More information online. Submit comments to

Name the future Bellingham park at Cornwall Landfill. Deadline: April 29

Cleanup of the site is scheduled for 2023 with park construction expected to begin in September 2024. Enter your suggestion for the new park’s name at the Engage Bellingham website.

Climate Action Fund. Deadline: April 30

Bellingham city officials seek feedback on a proposed property tax to fund carbon reduction and climate change adaptation projects.

Jail planning. Deadline: Late 2022

The Whatcom County Justice Project’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee is accepting comments at on a new jail and associated behavioral health services, as long as the committee continues to meet.


How much do I pay, and where does the money go? Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan counties report how much each jurisdiction collects in property taxes, and how much each individual pays, depending on where they live and the value of their property.

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