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Civic Agenda: Feb. 23 – March 1, 2023

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


Whatcom County PUD Commission special meeting, 8:15 a.m., 1705 Trigg Rd., Ferndale

Agenda online.

Lake Whatcom Watershed Advisory Board meeting, 6:30 p.m., 5280 Northwest Drive, Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Whatcom County Planning Commission meeting, 6:30 p.m., 2221 Pacific St.,
Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

MONDAY, Feb. 27

Bellingham City Council (multiple meetings), 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., 210 Lottie St., or virtual meeting 

Agendas online. Council committees meet at 10:30 a.m. (Public Works and Natural Resources Committee); 11:30 a.m. (Community and Economic Development); 1 p.m. (Parks and Recreation) 1:30 p.m. (Committee of the Whole); 7 p.m. (Council).

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

Agenda online.

Blaine City Council meeting, 6 p.m., 10801 Town Square Drive NE., Blaine, or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

TUESDAY, Feb. 28

Whatcom County Food System Committee meeting, 4:30 p.m., 509 Girard St., Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Bellingham Historic Preservation Commission meeting, 7 p.m., 210 Lottie St., or virtual meeting

Agenda online.


Ferndale City Council meeting, 8 a.m., 2095 Main St., or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Mount Vernon City Council meeting, 7 p.m., 1805 Continental Place, or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.



Birchwood Underpass Public Art.
Deadline: March 3, 2023

The City of Bellingham recently sought qualifications from muralists who could create a large-scale mural on the pillars and a retaining wall at the underpass located on Birchwood Avenue, between Squalicum Parkway and James Street, in Bellingham.

The city received forty responses from artists/artist teams. The Bellingham Arts Commission reviewed all submittals and selected five artists to develop proposals for the site. Survey online.

Measuring Quality in Residential Services. Deadline: March 4, 2023

The Department of Social Health Service’s Developmental Disabilities Administration is working on a project called Quality in Residential Settings from Senate Bill 5268 (page 5), from the 2021-22 Legislative Session. 

The focus is to measure quality the same way in the following settings: Alternative living; supported living; companion homes; group homes; group training homes; intermediate care facilities; and state-operated nursing facilities. Share your input on draft measurements and give new ideas. Survey online.

Pedestrian and bicycle master plans. Deadline: Spring 2023

The pedestrian and bicycle master plans are each city-wide plans that identify future projects to create a more walkable and rideable community.

Public engagement is an integral part of both plan updates and will be used to inform projects, programs and priorities for further building out Bellingham’s pedestrian and bicycle networks for people of all ages and abilities to safely and conveniently walk, bike and roll. Survey online.

Parking removal for bike and pedestrian upgrades. Deadline: 2023

To make space for pedestrian and bicycle upgrades, some on-street parking will need to be removed for a few of the 2023 transportation projects recently approved by the Bellingham City Council in the six-year Transportation Improvement Program. The project areas being considered for parking removal include: West Illinois Street (Sunset to Lynn); Meridian Street (East Victor to West Illinois); Girard Street (Broadway to Young); Eldridge Avenue (Broadway to Nequalicum); Cornwall Avenue (Laurel to Pine). Survey online.


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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