General Overview of Problems With Critical Area Ordinance / Facebook post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris

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10 hrs  February 22, 2017  Wendy Harris

Will the council approve a Critical Area Ordinance (CAO) that does not comply with the GMA? It is looking more and more likely. I am sick to my stomach thinking that after just one “general issues” work session, council will be ready to vote on the updated Critical Area Ordinance. It really did not help that few people participated, but how could they when there was no real training provided on such a technical issue? Perhaps if the CAO was not improperly separated from the Comp. Plan update, it would have been easier to obtain public input. Continue reading

What’s Riddled With More Holes Than Cheese? / Facebook post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris

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Excerpt from Whatcom County, WWC 16.16 Critical Areas Regulations, Draft Adopted by Whatcom County Planning Commission 06-09-2016.  Click on graphic to access document.

June 13 at 5:38am  June 13, 2016  Wendy Harris

What’s Riddled With More Holes Than Cheese?

All the exemptions, exceptions, conditional and allowed activities inside critical area habitat conservation areas (The CAO [Critical Areas Ordinance]).

You may not realize all the activities that are allowed when we are protecting biodiversity because they are found in two locations, the specific Article provisions for that type of critical area, and in Article 2, which applies generally to all critical areas. Continue reading

Hey, how about a new feature on the Hawk called Stupid Planning Tricks? / Facebook post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris

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2 hrs  March 11, 2016  Wendy Harris

Hey, how about a new feature on the Hawk called Stupid Planning Tricks? Post a video here [in the Whatcom Hawk Facebook group] showing how dumb a planning decision is, whether it is for the comp. plan [Comprehensive Plan] or CAO [Critical Areas Ordinance] update, an existing ordinance, a Hearing Examiner decision, etc.

I will go first. Continue reading

This is why we cannot have nice things, like functional ecosystems / Facebook post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris

7 hrs  February 7, 2016  Wendy Harris

I respect this author and he is usually right about things, but this time, he could not be more off the mark. And it reflects not just an unhealthy environment, it reflects an unhealthy culture and way of viewing the biosphere. And it explains why most of our restoration efforts simply fail. Continue reading