Transparency, or the lack thereof, in Whatcom County Administration / Facebook post, Sj Robson

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2 hrs  May 3, 2017  Sandy Robson

Copied and pasted below, and shown in attached screenshot photos, are my recent email communications with County Planning and Development Services Assistant Director Mark Personius, about the Resolution (2017-019) that County Council approved on April 18, 2017, requesting the state legislature to amend the Growth Management Act, relating to the Washington Supreme Court decision on the Hirst et al. case. My initial curiosity regarding the origin of the resolution was borne out of my having listened to part of the audio recording of the April 18, Council Natural Resources Committee meeting, during which Council members seemed to be unaware of who proposed the resolution.  Continue reading

Planning Commission, With Help From Friends In Ag, Undermine Court Required Compliance With Hirst Decision / Facebook Post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris

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Click the graphic above to view the full April 5, 2017 Memorandum from Gary Davis,  Whatcom County Senior Planner, “Impervious Surface and Animal Husbandry Proposals”

4 hrs  April 9, 2017  Wendy Harris

While the county continues to seek state legislative fixes to the Hirst decision, and at all costs avoid its obligation to actually plan, the county is still under a court imposed obligation to come into compliance with the GMA, and protect rural water quality and quantity. (Yes, somehow with all the hysterical theatrics that surrounds this decision, it is easy to forget that it is, after all, a GMA compliance case). Continue reading

Council support requested RE: Call to Action from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota / Letter to the Whatcom County Council, Dena Jensen

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August 28, 2016  Dena Jensen
Today at 5:34 PM

Dear Whatcom County Council:

First, please accept my sincere gratitude for your efforts, that will help serve to safeguard the lands, waters, life forms, and historic, cultural and spiritual resources at Cherry Point, in issuing your emergency moratorium on the acceptance and processing of applications and permits for new or expanded facilities in the Cherry Point Urban Growth Area, while the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan Amendments to Chapter 2 Land Use, Cherry Point UGA, proposed by Council Member Weimer are being reviewed by the Whatcom County Planning Commission.

I am also writing you today to make sure you are aware of a Call to Action from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota, who oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline. Continue reading

BNSF does not have the authority to determine what is enforceable or unenforceable under federal law / Letter to the Blaine City Council, Paula Rotundi

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August 14, 2016  Paula Rotundi

August 12, 2016
Dear City Council Members,
It is my understanding from reading The Northern Light that you received a letter from BNSF Railway urging you to refrain from voting to outlaw shipments of oil and coal by rail because such a measure is “unenforceable under federal law and costly for taxpayers”. Before deciding that you must do as BNSF says, I ask that you please consider the following information: Continue reading

The County Misleads Public And PC On Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas / Facebook post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris

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Yesterday at 2:48am  February 22, 2016  Wendy Harris

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