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Updatd: County Council May Try End Run on State Legislature

By Elisabeth BrittOn Feb 06, 2018

Updated January 31, 2018 On January 30th, the Whatcom County Council adopted Interim Ordinance 2018-057 - repealing emergency Ordinance 2017-001 (the County moratorium on drilling permit-exempt wells due to the WA Supreme [...]

Water, Water Everywhere, But ...

By Eric HirstOn Jan 29, 2018

Although we get lots of rain and snow in the winter, Whatcom County faces serious water-supply issues during the summer months. Here are the key issues I see and what [...]

YIMBY Leader Scherrer Receives Realtor Award - What Significance for the City?

By Dick ConoboyOn Jan 21, 2018

Talk about irony. The Whatcom County Association of Realtors( WCAR) has awarded Wendy Scherrer its “Partner of the Year” award for all her hard work to effect a “pilot project” [...]

Gov Inslee Signs Rural Water Fix Legislation

By Elisabeth BrittOn Jan 19, 2018

Editor note: Governor Inslee signed legislation this morning, Friday, Jan 19, to break the impasse that has frozen new water permits for over a year in rural Whatcom County. Here is [...]

Why all the Hyperventilating Over Granny Flats?

By David CampOn Jan 16, 2018

Under current zoning laws, Bellingham homeowners are permitted to build Attached Accessory Dwelling Units (AADU’s) in their yards. The unit must be connected with a wall and a common [...]

Dick Conoboy awarded Paul deArmond Citizen Journalism Award

By John ServaisOn Jan 10, 2018

​For over ten years now, Dick Conoboy has been researching and writing on Bellingham housing and city hall’s approach to neighborhoods, rentals, zoning, safety and planning. His efforts to [...]

Whatcom Water Resources: A Major Problem and a Reasonable Solution

By Eric HirstOn Dec 18, 2017

Streamflows in the Nooksack River and its tributaries are very low almost every summer. These low flows hurt salmon, trout, and other fish because they contribute to high water temperatures, [...]

City’s First Step to Rezone/Upzone Single Family Neighborhoods

By Dick ConoboyOn Dec 07, 2017

The public process for amending the accessory dwelling unit (ADU) ordinance has been compromised by poor planning and lack of transparency in notifying the public. The city canceled a public [...]

Self-Determination or Self-Defeat?

By Larry HorowitzOn Nov 17, 2017

“Is it ignorance or apathy? Hey, I don’t know and I don’t care.” - Jimmy Buffett, in a moment of joyful clarity after a few margaritas. [IMPORTANT UPDATE: [...]

Don’t Ballardize Bellingham

By Anne MackieOn Nov 13, 2017

The Bellingham Neighborhood Coalition (BNC), an alliance of neighborhood advocates, will host a documentary video, “Don’t Ballardize Bellingham,” which chronicles the developer-driven demolition of homes in Seattle’s Ballard [...]

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