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Weekly Watchdog: Nov. 16 – 22, 2023

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

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Bellingham City Council Public Works and Natural Resources Committee, 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 20, 210 Lottie St. 
The committee will consider a tree canopy target for the city’s Urban Forestry Management Plan. Staff is recommending a middle option, “no net loss,” over canopy loss or growth options. 

Bellingham City Council, 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, 210 Lottie St.
Council will hold a public hearing on whether to extend a moratorium on new residential development in certain zones of the Silver Beach neighborhood. The zones would allow for hundreds of new homes in the sensitive Lake Whatcom watershed. 

Whatcom County Council, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, 311 Grand Ave., Bellingham 
Council will hold six separate public hearings on property tax collections for 2024, including increases in the general fund and conservation futures taxes. 


FULL CALENDAR

THURSDAY, Nov. 16

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

Agenda online.

WDFW Wolf Advisory Group meeting, 9:15 a.m., virtual meeting
Agenda online.

Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council meeting, 9:30 a.m., virtual meeting
Agenda online.

Port of Bellingham Board of Commissioners special meeting, 1 p.m., 1801 Roeder Ave., Suite 146, or virtual meeting
Agenda online.

Washington State DNR Wildland Fire Advisory Committee meeting, 1 p.m., virtual meeting
Agenda online.

Sehome Hill Arboretum Board of Governors meeting, 4 p.m., 915 26th St., or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.


Ferndale Parks, Recreation and Trails Advisory Board meeting, 5:30 p.m., 5694 Second Ave., or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.

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

Whatcom County Parks and Recreation Commission meeting, 6 p.m., 315 Halleck St., Bellingham, or virtual meeting
Agenda online.

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

Agenda online.

Bellingham Planning Commission meeting, 7 p.m., 210 Lottie St., or virtual meeting
Agenda online.

FRIDAY, Nov. 17

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting, 8 a.m., virtual meeting
Agenda online.

MONDAY, Nov. 20

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. (Community and Economic Development); 1:45 p.m. (Parks and Recreation); 2 p.m. (Committee Of The Whole); 7 p.m. (Council).

Ferndale City Council meeting, 5 p.m., 5694 Second Ave., or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.

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

Lynden City Council meeting, 7 p.m., 205 4th St.
Agenda may be posted in advance.

TUESDAY, Nov. 21

WDFW Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board meeting, 9 a.m., virtual meeting
Agenda online.

Whatcom County Council (multiple meetings), 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., 311 Grand Ave., Suite 105, Bellingham, or virtual meeting 

Agendas online. 

Council committees meet at 10 a.m. (Committee of the Whole: Executive Session); 10:35 a.m. (Finance and Administrative Services); 1:30 p.m. (Public Works & Health); 2:20 p.m. (Planning and Development); 2:55 p.m. (Committee of the Whole); 6 p.m. (Council).

Bellingham Design Review Board meeting, 3 p.m., 210 Lottie St., or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.

Bellingham Public Library Board of Trustees meeting, 3:30 p.m., 210 Central Ave.
Agenda may be posted in advance.

Port of Bellingham Board of Commissioners meeting, 4 p.m., 1801 Roeder Ave., Suite 146, or virtual meeting
Agenda online.

Mount Vernon Planning Commission meeting, 6 p.m., 1805 Continental Place, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Bellingham Immigration Advisory Board meeting, 6:30 p.m., 2221 Pacific St., or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22

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.

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.


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