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Weekly Watchdog: July 20 – 26, 2023

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

By CDN Staff

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Bellingham City Council Committee of the Whole, 1:45 p.m. Monday, July 24, 210 Lottie St., Bellingham 
During the Bellingham City Council Committee of the Whole meeting, council members will once again discuss a resolution declaring affordable housing and homelessness a public health crisis. 

Whatcom County Council Climate Action and Natural Resources Committee, 9:55 a.m. Tuesday, July 25, 311 Grand Ave., Bellingham 
Whatcom County Council members will discuss next steps on forestry issues after communications with the state Department of Natural Resources and its director Hilary Franz. The timber discussion between the state and the county began over concerns related to DNR timber sales in the region, including the Brokedown Palace and Box of Rain sales. 

Whatcom County Council, 1:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, 311 Grand Ave., Bellingham 

A council committee will decide at 1:15 p.m. whether to recommend a new food system plan for the full council’s approval at 6 p.m. Council tabled the food plan in April after receiving a letter of concern from local farmers groups.

Whatcom County Council public hearing, 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, 311 Grand Ave., Bellingham 

Council will take public input on proposed regulation of short-term vacation rentals in unincorporated parts of the county (outside city limits).


FULL CALENDAR

THURSDAY, July 20

Whatcom Transportation Authority meeting, 8 a.m., 4011 Bakerview Spur, Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Bellingham Whatcom Public Facilities District Board meeting, 12 p.m., 210 Lottie St., Bellingham

Agenda may be posted in advance.


Ferndale Parks, Recreation & Trails Advisory Board meeting, 5:30 p.m., 2095 Main St., or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Whatcom County Climate Impact Advisory Committee meeting, 5:30 p.m., 322 N. Commercial St., Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Bellingham Public Schools Board of Directors meeting, 6 p.m., Options High School, 2015 Franklin St.

Agenda online.

Whatcom County Parks & Recreation Commission meeting, 6 p.m., 9006 Silver Lake Road, Maple Falls, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

MONDAY, July 24

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

Agendas online.

Council committees meet at 10 a.m. (Public Works and Natural Resources); 1 p.m. (Committee Of The Whole); 7 p.m. (Council).

Blaine City Council Special meeting, 3:30 p.m., 435 Martin St., or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Whatcom County Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board meeting, 4:30 p.m., 509 Girard St., Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

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

Agenda may be posted in advance.

TUESDAY, July 25

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Budget and Policy Advisory Group meeting, 8 a.m., 111 Washington St SE., Room 172, Olympia, or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

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

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Whatcom County Council (multiple meetings), 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., 311 Grand Ave., Suite 105, Bellingham, or virtual meeting 

Agendas online. 

Council committees meet at 9:30 a.m. (Committee of the Whole-Executive Session); 9:55 a.m. (Climate Action and Natural Resources); 11 a.m. (Criminal Justice and Public Safety); 11:25 p.m. (Finance and Administrative Services); 1:15 p.m. (Public Works & Health) ; 2:20 p.m. (Planning & Development); 3:15 p.m. (Committee of the Whole); 6 p.m. (Council).

Bellingham Tourism Commission meeting, 3:30 p.m., 210 Lottie St., or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Blaine Civil Service Commission meeting, 3:30 p.m., 435 Martin St., or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Bellingham Historic Preservation Commission meeting, 4 p.m., 210 Lottie St., or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

WEDNESDAY, July 26

Joint Portage Bay/Drayton Harbor Shellfish Protection District Advisory Committee meeting, 4 p.m., 322 N. Commercial St., Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Anacortes Planning Commission meeting, 6 p.m., 904 6th St., or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.


OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMENT

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.


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

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