Public hearing on new Whatcom County districts set for April

On April 13, Whatcom County residents will get to weigh in on the new way the county will be divided into districts for county council elections.

The Districting Committee decided at its meeting Monday, March 14, that the districting master, Tjalling Ypma, would provide his final map to the group at 6 p.m. April 6 in council chambers, 311 Grand Ave.

The map will show the final proposal for the five districts that voters approved in the November 2015 election. Currently there are three districts.

A week later, at 6 p.m. on April 13, the committee will hold a public hearing in council chambers to gather feedback on the proposed boundaries for the districts.

Finally, at 6 p.m. on April 20, the committee, which has two progressive members, two conservative members and a fifth non-voting, neutral member, will meet again to make final decisions on the boundaries and could vote to approve a map.

Samantha Wohlfeil

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