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Civic Agenda: Jan. 26 – Feb. 1, 2023

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


Lake Whatcom Watershed Advisory Board, 6:30 p.m., 2221 Pacific St., Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Meeting information online.

TUESDAY, Jan. 31

Whatcom County Special Council meeting, 10 a.m., 311 Grand Ave., or virtual meeting

Agenda online.


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

Agenda will be posted in advance.


Draft Whatcom County Food System plan. Deadline: Jan. 28, 2023

Community members are invited to review the Whatcom County Food System Plan, which outlines goals, objectives, and actions that strengthen our local food system. 

This 10-year food system plan draft was developed by the Whatcom County Food System Committee using the findings in the 2021 Community Food Assessment, and engaging with stakeholders, workers, and subject matter experts throughout Whatcom County. A story map of the development can be found here

A draft of the Food System Plan is available for public review. Comments may be submitted via this Google Form through Jan. 28. After incorporating those comments, the plan will be brought forward to the Whatcom County Council for final approval and implementation.

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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