Rule change would stop development in Nooksack River Basin

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Rule change would stop development in Nooksack River Basin

KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. – Whatcom County planners are discussing a rule change that could stop most development within the Nooksack River basin.

The Planning and Development Services Department wants the county to quit issuing building permits for land parcels in the basin that don’t already have an approved water source.

The Whatcom County Planning Commission says the water level in the river is already too low at certain times of the year.

Local water resource consultant Skip Richards says people who were expecting to rely on a “permit exempt” well for their water won’t be able to.

Play Skip Richards on water permits

He says the change would affect up to and 20,000 lots.

The county would lose about a billion dollars of assessed value on the affected lots, as well as the tax revenues they would bring.

The Planning Commission held a public hearing on the rule change last night, and is still accepting written public comments.