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County Rural Residents Can Check On Water

By Elisabeth BrittOn Dec 03, 2016

The Department of Ecology has posted an interactive map to assist Whatcom County with determining legally available domestic water availability. The map displays areas where instream flows are not being [...]

Anatomy of a Development Part XIII - It’s Baaaaaack!

By Dick ConoboyOn Nov 28, 2016

Over two years ago, I chronicled the ups and downs of the struggle in the Puget and Samish neighborhoods to resist the implantation of a terribly out-of-scale, privately-owned student dormitory [...]

Water Well Drilling Moratorium is Bad Idea

By Elisabeth BrittOn Nov 25, 2016

In October, the Washington Supreme Court entered a decision in Whatcom County v. Hirst, (Hirst) a Growth Management Act (GMA) case. In the opinion, the court states that counties have [...]

Changes May Be In Store For The City Planning Commission

By Dick ConoboyOn Nov 07, 2016

Update Sun afternoon, Nov 13: We have added a link below Dick’s article to a 4 page pdf by the Responsible Development organization that provides an action plan on the issue [...]

The “Smoking Gun” to Provide Amnesty for Illegal Housing Units

By Anne MackieOn Nov 04, 2016

On October 24, our City Council voted 5 to 2 (with Terry Bornemann and Gene Knutson opposed) to accept Policy H-18 of the Comprehensive Plan. Policy H-18 is a mere 47-word statement playing [...]

Surly Citizens Object to Backroom Deals

By Anne MackieOn Oct 19, 2016

Anne Mackie guest writes about the Monday, Oct 17, Bellingham City Council meeting. She is a community leader who lives in the York neighborhood. What does it look like when a [...]

Logging Planned for 110 Acres on Samish Hill

By Dick ConoboyOn Oct 10, 2016

The city published a Notice of Application and Optional DNS* Process on October 5, 2016 with a comment period of only two weeks for a logging operation of a substantial nature on [...]

MNAC Paddy Whack Give the Dog a Bone

By Dick ConoboyOn Sep 12, 2016

Guest writer Anne Mackie lives in the York Neibhborhood and is a community leader on residential planning processes. She has organized the Sep 14 community forum. Oddly, the month of August [...]

A Big “Never Mind”

By Anne MackieOn Aug 31, 2016

Anne Mackie guest writes. Anne has lived in the York neighborhood for many years and is a community leader on issues of neighborhood planning. Saturday Night Live’s Roseanne Roseanna [...]

Chapter 2:  Playing the race card

By Dick ConoboyOn Aug 23, 2016

After the “Shout Down” by Council President Pinky Vargas on August 8, Anne Mackie and Dick Conoboy received the following email from Council Member April Barker, author of the [...]

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