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Planning

Good News for the Post Point Herons… For Now

By Jamie K. DonaldsonOn Jul 16, 2019

Monday, July 15, 2019 was the deadline to file pre-hearing briefs outlining the arguments that opposing sides would present to the hearing examiner on the appeal of a Critical Areas Permit to [...]

The Saga of Established Neighborhooods

By Larry HorowitzOn Jul 16, 2019

Are the vitality and character of established residential neighborhoods worth protecting? First, some background… The Growth Management Act (GMA) The Growth Management Act (GMA), which encompasses Chapter 36.70A of the [...]

Accessory Dwelling Units - An Update

By Dick ConoboyOn Jun 03, 2019

An article appeared in the 3 Jun 2019 Herald ( With rents and home prices rising, they’re hoping these will ease Bellingham housing) on the situation with accessory dwelling units since council [...]

All Hands on Deck to Help Protect the Great Blue Herons

By Jamie K. DonaldsonOn May 21, 2019

Update - posted Tuesday, May 21 Many people have been enjoying (from a safe distance!) the activity down at the heron colony at Post Point. The “chicks” are getting really big! [...]

Bellingham Heron Colony Threatened by Development - Again

By Jamie K. DonaldsonOn Apr 04, 2019

Update - Monday, April 15, 2019 As you can see from the notice, the Public Hearing to consider sub-dividing the Shorewood plat next to the heron colony was postponed until further notice. [...]

Samish Hill Forested Acreage Getting a “Haircut” - What Lies Ahead?

By Tom DohmanOn Apr 03, 2019

Approximately 68 acres of forested land on Samish Hill (east of 40th St) are slated for timber harvesting with follow-up plans to replant the logged areas with new tree seedlings within 1[...]

Move These Buses, Now

By Alex McLeanOn Jan 27, 2019

If Bellingham Public Schools (hereafter noted as BPS) goes forward with plans to renovate its bus barn and storage facility, it will automatically foreclose on any option this community might [...]

Of Broken Roads and Re-invented Wheels

By Tip JohnsonOn Jan 18, 2019

I recently ran into Harry Skinner, long-time architect of some local reknown, now an octogenarian. His decades of design and planning experience have left him hard pressed to feel the [...]

Infinite Growth and Its Ecological Impact

By Larry HorowitzOn Jan 07, 2019

Jason Hickel, anthropologist, author, and fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, has written perhaps the best article I’ve read on the growth imperative and its ecological impact: [...]

Twin Sisters Brewery - It Is Not Getting Better For The Neighbors

By Dick ConoboyOn Oct 23, 2018

Instead of nuisance abatement at the site of the Twin Sisters Brewery in the Sunnyland neighborhood, the owners have now upped the ante with the installation of enormous illuminated lettering [...]

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