Wants rezoning needs analysis

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 7, 2013 

I believe the ordinance to permit slaughterhouse rezoning needs to be put on hold until there is further study. I am not opposed to slaughter facilities, but hastily rezoning all of our agricultural land without further analysis will be detrimental to Whatcom County in terms of health, safety, tourism and existing farmers' water quality and quantity. It is our County Council's role to do a comprehensive overview before passing an ordinance. You would win my support by doing a supply-and-demand analysis (calculating how much land is actually required for Whatcom County's slaughter needs), and then rezoning a small parcel accordingly. I would cheer you with appreciation for studying critical areas (i.e. flood zones, aquifer recharge zones, shorelines, wetlands, etc.) that could be compromised with slaughter waste which would endanger health and safety, tourism to our county and existing farmers' water needs.

Nancy Orlowski

Bellingham

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