Rural development plans hope to satisfy state law

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Rural development plans hope to satisfy state law

KGMI News Reporting
Mike Curtiss

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — People are invited to weigh in tonight on two different plans concerning the fate of rural development in Whatcom County.

The county has until July 3 to pass stricter rules for rural growth in order to meet state law.

County Council Member Pete Kremen says the county’s hired staff in Planning and Development Services have a plan that restricts growth just enough to satisfy the state’s Growth Management Hearing Board.

He says the county’s appointed planning commissioners meanwhile have a plan that is less restrictive, but may not be enough to satisfy the state.

Kremen says the county has no choice but to come into compliance with the Growth Management Act.

He says Whatcom County has more public scrutiny put on the rural element of its comprehensive plan than any other county in the state.

Tonight’s public hearing starts at 7 p.m. at the Whatcom County Courthouse.