Volunteers sought to update protections of Whatcom County's critical areas


Whatcom County seeks volunteers for a committee that will help update the county's protections of critical areas.

The eight members of the citizens advisory committee on critical areas will advise county planning staff, the Planning Commission and the County Council on potential policy or rule changes. The committee will include representatives from building/development, environmental groups, farming, forestry, industrial/commercial businesses, and shoreline property owners. The committee will meet monthly for up to two years without compensation.

Applications are due April 4 and are available at the county executive's office, 311 Grand Ave., Suite 108, Bellingham; or online at co.whatcom.wa.us/boards/boards.jsp.

Critical areas receive enhanced protection in the county's development rules and include wetlands, steep slopes, frequently flooded areas, critical aquifer recharge areas and habitat conservation areas.

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