Troubling Implications of Variance Request

By Wendy HarrisOn Mar 01, 2013

The University Ridge Student Housing Project is noteworthy because of its attempt to use the variance process to avoid zoning compliance. If the applicant, Ambling University Group, LLN, and its [...]

University Ridge Student Housing - What is it?

By Dick ConoboyOn Feb 25, 2013

Coming soon (fall of 2014) to the Samish and Puget Neighborhoods may be a privately-owned student housing project of four buildings. It will have 164 units (allowed density is 176 units) and be [...]

Waterfront EIS Revised Without Public Process

By Wendy HarrisOn Feb 19, 2013

The Port of Bellingham and the City of Bellingham have proposed revisions to the Waterfront District Subarea Plan that will be the subject of Bellingham Planning Commission review beginning on [...]

Efforts to save the Granary building

By John ServaisOn Aug 04, 2012

The rock solid concrete Granary building has been a landmark on the Bellingham waterfront for over 80 years. As redevelopment takes place in this area, the Port of Bellingham is in [...]

Motivated Reasoning Yields Useless Planning

By John ServaisOn Jul 23, 2012

When Bellingham Planning Department staff think “view corridors” are good things for the Fairhaven Neighborhood Plan, even if they are not needed, they get put into the plan. Such thinking [...]

Scott Walker asks for Charlie Sheldon’s resignation

By John ServaisOn Oct 19, 2011

Bellingham Port Commissioner Scott Walker motioned for the port to ask Executive Director Charlie Sheldon to resign. His motion came at the end of the regularly scheduled commission meeting on [...]

From the Political Junkie: A Petree-Eye View of Downtown

By Riley SweeneyOn Aug 09, 2011

Editor’s Note: An interview is not an endorsement. The Political Junkie urges people to read his Expanded Voter’s Guide for more information on how to vote. [...]

Problems with SEPA review of Cornwall Landfill

By Wendy HarrisOn Jun 23, 2011

In connection with the Model Toxic Control Act (MTCA) Interim Agreement for the Cornwall Landfill, the Port of Bellingham conducted a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review and issued a [...]

Port punts on commercial moorage rates

By Guest WriterOn Feb 17, 2011

Doug Karlberg, a local commercial fisherman, provides this informative article. The Port met Tuesday afternoon to take up the request by fishermen for moorage rates that would be competitive with [...]

Showdown at the Port of Bellingham

By Guest WriterOn Feb 14, 2011

Doug Karlberg, a local commercial fisherman, has written this guest article. Tomorrow there will be a showdown between local fishermen (and women) and the Port of Bellingham over commercial moorage [...]

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