Whatcom commission hearing on population projections continues Jan. 9


BELLINGHAM - A public hearing on growth rates for Whatcom County and its cities continues on Thursday, Jan. 9. The hearing takes place at 6:30 p.m. in County Council chambers, 311 Grand Ave.

The hearing gives people a second chance to speak on population and employment projections for the seven cities and the unincorporated county. About 10 people spoke on the hearing's first day, Dec. 12.

Speakers on the first day offered a range of opinions, suggesting that Bellingham plan for either slow or fast growth. Officials from Bellingham and other cities asked the Planning Commission to start with high-growth projections as the county and cities begin to update their long-term planning documents. The updates are due in 2016.

Most speakers agreed the small cities were successfully planning for rapid growth, but Bellingham was not. The city was not meeting the demand for single-family homes, they said.

For more information, call county planner Matt Aamot at 360-676-6907.

Reach RALPH SCHWARTZ at ralph.schwartz@bellinghamherald.com or call 715-2298.

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