The planning department has all kinds of tricks up its Critical Areas Ordinance sleeves. They want to exempt all outdoor recreation but as you know, I have been researching and writing on this issue, explaining that all human activities have impacts. And I have plenty of science to back me up. Continue reading
The County Misleads Public And PC On Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas
(and may impact in stream flows that have implications for the Nooksack)
The planning department asserts that it is having the PC review the “easy” stuff on Thursday, which is rather misleading. Continue reading
Anyone interested in Cherry Point and development impacts on herring? Well, I submitted BAS [Best Available Science] on the herring and it was ignored without comment. Continue reading
Some Basics About the CAO update system.
This explains about Best Available Science and how GMA regulations and administrative laws (WACs) work with regard to the CAO update. Continue reading
Here is the information for the Critical Area Ordinance Review Before the Planning Commssion. [ http://wa-whatcomcounty.civicplus.com/2305/Planning-Commission-Review ] Continue reading
It is the environmental regulations that implement the policies and goals in the county comprehensive plan, as reflected in Chapter 11 on the Environment and a few other places. It is adopted as part of the County Code, in Chapter 16 and is referred to as the Critical Area Ordinance, or CAO. Continue reading
The CAO Horse and Pony Show?
Oh yeah, one more thing… I think the entire process is starting to look like a horse and pony show. I put almost 2 years of work into this project under challenging conditions and how many of my suggestions and recommendations are reflected in the final work product? 0 (zero). Continue reading
[What follows is a series of posts to Wendy’s Facebook page recording her perspective during her attendance at the Bellingham City Council Planning and Development committee meeting for December 7, 2015] Continue reading
There is still no one signed up for the CAO hearing. This is our environment. It matters. Continue reading