The Bellingham City Council's waterfront committee has scheduled a day-long work session on the waterfront redevelopment plan for Monday Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in City Council chambers at City Hall, 210 Lottie St.
The committee consists of council members Terry Bornemann, Cathy Lehman and Jack Weiss.
The committee had originally planned a mere three-hour session. The decision to extend it appears to indicate two things: 1. The committee is going to go over this plan in great detail and 2. They are in a bit of a hurry to do that, and may still manage to get the plan to the full council for final approval before the end of this year.
At the Monday, Sept. 16 committee session, Weiss insisted on a painstaking review, but also indicated he did not want to stop the review process dead in its tracks.
The waterfront land use plan, developed over many years of public review and behind-the-scenes wrangling between city and Port of Bellingham officials, will guide the long-term future of 237 mostly empty waterfront acres, much of which is owned by the port. More than half of that acreage was the former site of a Georgia-Pacific Corp. pulp and paper mill.
The committee meeting will be broadcast and live-streamed in its entirety. It will also be posted to the City Council Meeting Materials web page.
The committee may schedule another discussion session for Thursday, Sept. 26 if necessary, with hours to be announced.