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Weekly Watchdog: May 30 – June 5, 2024

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

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Bellingham Water System Plan update survey
Deadline: June 12, 2024

The City of Bellingham is updating its water system plan, as required by the Washington Department of Health every 10 years. An engagement survey is asking residents about their priorities when it comes to the city’s investments in local water.

Bellingham City Council
1:10 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday, June 3, 210 Lottie St., or via YouTube

City Council will discuss in the afternoon and vote in the evening on a resolution to declare an opioid and synthetic drug crisis in Bellingham.

Bellingham City Council
7 p.m. Monday, June 3, 210 Lottie St., or via YouTube

City Council will hold public hearings on an ordinance to increase the height of certain properties withing the Fairhaven Urban Village, and a resolution related to development in the Fairhaven property commonly referred to as “the pit.”

Bellingham City Council
7 p.m. Monday, June 3, 210 Lottie St., or via YouTube

City Council will hold a public hearing on an ordinance that would extend the moratorium on high-density development in the Silver Beach neighborhood for an additional six months.


FULL CALENDAR

Thursday, May 30

What-Comm Administrative Board meeting
1 p.m., 625 Halleck St., Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Monday, June 3

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

Agendas online. Council committees meet at 1 p.m. (Public Works and Natural Resources); 1:10 p.m. (Committee of the Whole); 7 p.m. (Council).

Ferndale City Council meeting
5 p.m., 5694 2nd 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.

TUESDAY, June 4

Washington Board of Natural Resources board meeting and retreat
9 a.m., virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Whatcom County Council (multiple meetings)
9:15 a.m. – 6 p.m., 311 Grand Ave., Suite 105, Bellingham, or virtual meeting 

Agendas online. Council committees meet at 9:15 a.m. (Criminal Justice and Public Safety); 10:10 a.m. (Public Works and Health); 10:45 a.m. (Finance and Administrative Services); 1 p.m. (Planning and Development); 2:20 p.m. (Committee of the Whole); 6 p.m. (Council).

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

Agenda may be posted in advance.


Whatcom County Forest Advisory Committee meeting
4 p.m., 5280 Northwest Drive, Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Bellingham Arts Commission meeting
6 p.m., 210 Lottie St., or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

WEDNESDAY, June 5

Washington Board of Natural Resources board meeting and retreat
9 a.m., virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Island County Planning Commission meeting
6 p.m., 1 6th St. NE, Coupeville, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.


OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMENT

Water System Plan update. Deadline: June 12, 2024

Water system plans help cities make lots of important decisions, such as planning for population growth, protecting wildlife and using water sustainably. Tell the City of Bellingham why water quality is important to you. Survey online.

Holly Street Bike Lane Pilot. Deadline: August 2024

Starting in May, the City of Bellingham will be piloting a new bike lane on Holly Street, from Ellis Street to Bay Street, to improve safety, mobility, and accessibility for cyclists and pedestrians. The city is collecting feedback from the community about how safe the bike lanes make moving on Holly Street feel for all users. This information will be evaluated in the early fall to decide the final design of a capital project. Survey online.

Water Adjudication Assistance survey. Deadline: Spring 2024

The Washington State Legislature is providing funding to Whatcom County to develop and implement outreach and provide filing assistance to water users. Survey online.

The Bellingham Plan: “Ways the City Could Grow.” Deadline: 2024

Bellingham could grow in a variety of ways. Let the City of Bellingham know the pros and cons of each of the listed approaches on its individual comment boards. Add pros and cons (or up-vote someone else’s comment). Go to this webpage and scroll halfway down to see the comment boards.

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

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