Department of Ecology News Release - October 16, 2014

Comments wanted on amendment to Bellingham’s shoreline program

BELLINGHAM – An amendment to the city of Bellingham’s shoreline program would allow greater flexibility in land use for a portion of the former Georgia-Pacific industrial site on the waterfront.

The city seeks a re-designation that would accommodate non-water-oriented uses, in addition to water-oriented commercial and industrial uses. The proposed changes also provide clarity on where residential uses are allowed on the waterfront, and make the shoreline program more consistent with the city’s Waterfront District Master Plan.

The city conducted public hearings before approving the amendment on Dec. 2, 2013.

The amendment is now being reviewed by Ecology and is open for public comment through Nov. 17. Comments and questions should be addressed to Chad Yunge, Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, 1440 10th St., Suite 102, Bellingham, WA, 98225, or by email to chad.yunge@ecy.wa.gov, or call 360-715-5206.

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Local governments develop, adopt and periodically update their shoreline master programs under the state’s Shoreline Management Act, approved by voters in 1972. The City of Bellingham comprehensively updated its program, which manages 38 miles of shoreline, in early 2013.

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Contact:

Krista Kenner, Ecology communications manager, krista.kenner@ecy.wa.gov, 360-715-5205, @ecynorth

Chad Yunge, Ecology shorelines planner, chad.yunge@ecy.wa.gov, 360-715-5206

Steven Sundin, City of Bellingham Planning and Community Development, ssundin@cob.org, 360-778-8359