Jail clears last environmental hurdle

KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss

FERNDALE, Wash. РThe final study on the environmental impacts of building a new Whatcom County jail finds that the county’s preferred site in Ferndale will accommodate the facility.

The study shows that building the new jail on the 40-acre site on LaBounty Road north of Sunset Road would increase traffic in the area, and would remove more than three acres of wetlands.

Whatcom Planning and Development Services Senior Planner Tyler Schroeder says those impacts can be mitigated.

Play Tyler Schroeder on impacts

He says the final study will give the Whatcom County Council the information they need to decide if they want to buy the property.

Jail planning consultants will review the study with the council tomorrow afternoon.

County planners want to replace the current jail in downtown Bellingham with a new facility that can hold more than 500 beds and has room to expand in the future.