Landowners speak up over rural growth plans

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Landowners speak up over rural growth plans

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Rural landowners told the Whatcom County Council they would be hurt by stricter rural growth rules during a public hearing last night.

In order to comply with state law, the council must choose between two plans that will restrict development in Whatcom County rural areas.

Dale Vander Giessen says he was hoping to develop his property on Hinotes Corner so he could make some retirement money.

Warren Shea told the council that rural areas need to be preserved and most development should happen in cities and towns where services are already available.

Shea says he prefers the stricter of the two rural growth plans.

The council will consider both plans at their next meetings on June 4 and 18.

The county has until July 3 to update its rules.