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Confusion in the Council Chambers

At 9:30 this Tuesday morning, interested parties gathered in the Whatcom County Council chambers to hear about and hopefully comment on radical changes being suggested to our Comprehensive Plan involving the Cherry Point Area. By 10:30, the council left the council chambers for an Executive Session with the Whatcom County lawyers regarding these very changes. The chamber full of people waited patiently. By 11:30 the council had reconvened and with some confusion announced that per the advice of their legal staff, they would vote to pull these amendments from the Comprehensive Plan, refer them back to the Planning Department and re-introduce them at a later time, in order to provide time for public comment. Before they voted, each council-member made a comment on their opinion of the process to date. Councilman Sidhu, began contentiously by stating his displeasure with the public comments he had received to date, and lectured the room on reading proposals before communicating with council-members. Councilwoman Brenner, affirmed that she had read every communication sent to her on the Cherry Point Amendments and only found 2 to have no value. Councilman Weimer, defended the amendments and defended the short notice of the amendments. He stated that they could not bring …

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