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Weekly Watchdog: Aug. 24 – 30, 2023

This week's meetings, hearings and opportunities for public input

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Public comment on Bellingham “streateries,” ongoing
The City of Bellingham is accepting written comment through its Engage Bellingham website on the outdoor dining areas built over street-parking spaces downtown and in Fairhaven.

Public comment on proposed expansion of Bellingham’s transit station, ongoing
Whatcom Transportation Authority is accepting written comment through its Engage WTA website on a proposal to expand Bellingham Station, to allow room for more buses and additional public uses.

Public survey on “The Bellingham Plan,” ongoing
Bellingham’s update to the city’s Comprehensive Plan, which guides development, capital investments and city programs, is due in 2025. The city is seeking input from community members on how implementation of the current plan (last updated in 2016) is going, and what else they’d like to see in Bellingham as the community grows.


FULL CALENDAR

THURSDAY, Aug. 24

Mount Vernon City Library Board of Trustees meeting, 5:30 p.m., 315 Snoqualmie St.

Agenda online.

Point Roberts Community Advisory Committee meeting, 7 p.m., virtual meeting

Agenda online.

FRIDAY, Aug. 25

Whatcom County Conservation Easement Program Oversight Committee meeting, 8:30 a.m., 5280 Northwest Drive, Bellingham, or virtual meeting
Agenda online.

Blaine Civil Service Commission special meeting, 2 p.m., 435 Martin St., Suite 4000, or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

MONDAY, Aug. 28

Anacortes City Council meeting, 6 p.m., 904 6th St., or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.


WEDNESDAY, Aug. 30

Ferndale City Council meeting, 8 a.m., 2095 Main St.
Agenda may be posted in advance.


OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMENT

Criteria for outdoor grants. Deadline: Sept. 11, 2023

The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office is asking for public comments on proposed changes to the way grant applications for parks, trails and other outdoor spaces are evaluated. The changes would affect grants in the Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account, Land and Water Conservation Fund, Youth Athletic Facilities and the state’s largest grant program for parks and trails — the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program’s Local Parks, Trails, and Water Access categories. Survey online.

The Bellingham Plan. Deadline: 2023

Bellingham is updating its Comprehensive Plan, the document it uses to guide growth toward a 20-year vision for the future. This update is due in 2025 and will guide development, capital investments, city programs and other actions across the city as it works toward its vision for 2045. Survey online.

Proposed expansion of Bellingham’s transit station. Deadline: 2023

Whatcom Transportation Authority is accepting written comment through its Engage WTA website on a proposal to expand Bellingham Station, to allow room for more buses and additional public uses. Survey online.


Weekly Watchdog is published online Thursdays and in print Fridays. To submit a meeting for consideration, email newstips@cascadiadaily.com. 

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