Civic Agenda

Civic Agenda: March 30 – April 5, 2023

This week's meetings, hearings and opportunities for public input
March 30, 2023 at 5:00 a.m.

By CDN Staff

THURSDAY, March 30

Whatcom County Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force special meeting, 9:30 a.m., 311 Grand Ave., Suite 105, Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Whatcom County Salary Commission meeting, 4 p.m., virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Ferndale Parks, Recreation, and Trails Advisory Board meeting, 5:30 p.m., 5694 Second Ave., or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

MONDAY, April 3

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., Anacortes, 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, April 4

Department of Natural Resources Board meeting, 9 a.m., 1111 Washington St. SE, room 172, Olympia, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.


Whatcom County Hearing Examiner meeting, 1 p.m., 311 Grand Ave., Suite 105, Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.


Opinions and experiences around immunization. Deadline: 2023

The survey is about experiences and feelings around all recommended vaccines, including for diseases like tetanus, whooping cough, flu, and yes, even COVID-19. The link lets you take the survey in English or Spanish. Survey online.

Bellingham Consolidated Plan. Deadline: April 2023 

Bellingham has approximately $9 million each year to spend addressing problems such as homelessness, affordable housing and rising food costs. However, these funds are restricted — they can only be spent on services and housing projects for our lowest-income residents, and those with special needs (such as elderly or disabled persons).

Every five years, the city must create a plan to prioritize how it will spend this funding to best address these issues. Before making this plan, the city would like to hear from the community. 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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