Whatcom County Council “Special Council of the Whole” to meet at 6pm, Jan. 28th, 2014 – Your Water Rights are at Stake!


Please attend next week’s Whatcom County Council Meeting:

Next Tuesday 1/28/2014 @ 6:00pm, the Whatcom County Council will hold a closed meeting to discuss your water rights and their plans to further erode the land use rights of private property owners in rural Whatcom County. It is imperative that we have a major showing of private property owners at this meeting willing to stand up for our rights. Several members of the current County Council have expressed their support of dropping our legal council that is fighting the non-elected Growth Management Hearings Board and their over reach here in Whatcom County. WE MUST STAND UP!  This is not  a partisan issue; it does not matter if you are;  R, D, L, I, or whatever, this issue affects all of us.

This is not about water, this is about forcing our people to live in incorporated areas of Whatcom County and restricting all rural growth and use. At issue is amending the comp plan and the Whatcom County Code to force rural land owners to PROVE that their use of water will not draw down water levels in “protected” streams, creeks and rivers. How do you prove that? Your guess is as good as ours. Please show up to this important meeting and remember the general rule of politics: “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the table”.  Even if you think all growth should take place in Bellingham the Growth Management Hearing Board’s decision is so flawed it can be used to bite YOUR favorite land use plan in the back, even though it appears to be aimed only at rural landowners. The appeal is justified no matter what perspective you have about rural growth.

Specific points for you and the Council that support the appeal:

  1. Dropping the appeal WON’T save any money: landowners denied building permits on the flimsy basis of the Growth Board decision will have strong grounds for their own appeals, and those legal actions will cost the county far more than continuing their suit against the Growth Management Hearings Board.
  2. Devaluing rural lands results in a massive transfer of wealth from the middle class (most current rural landowners) to the ultra-wealthy (many of whom are non-citizens) who can afford to buy and hold for as long as it takes for this nonsense to go away. How progressive is that??
  3. Finally, there is no factual justification for stopping a few hundred rural homes per year. All CURRENT rural water users added together don’t use as much water as Bellingham takes from the Nooksack River — which is closed to further diversions due to endangered fish — in July alone.

You need to make sure your input is delivered to council well BEFORE 6 PM, because the only action they are likely to take on the appeal is scheduled to take place at 6 PM, behind closed doors in conference with their attorney, so if you wait until 7 PM, you could miss your chance.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please contact your council members below and let them know you support property rights!  Please Call or Email them all NOW!

** Details:

  • What: Whatcom County Council Meeting
  • Where: Whatcom County Council Chambers
  • 311 Grand Ave, Bellingham WA 98225
  • When: Tuesday, 1/28/2014 @ 7:00pm

** Contact Your Council:

Rud Browne, At Large / (360) 820-9494 / RBrowne@co.whatcom.wa.us (mailto:rbrowne@co.whatcom.wa.us)

Barry Buchannan, District 1 / (360) 224-4330 / BBuchana@co.whatcom.wa.us (mailto:bbuchana@co.whatcom.wa.us)

Pete Kremen, District 1 / (360) 734-3802 / PKremen@whatcomcounty.us (mailto:pkremen@co.whatcom.wa.us)

Ken Mann, District 2 / (360) 483-6020 / KMann@co.whatcom.wa.us (mailto:kmann@co.whatcom.wa.us)

Sam Crawford, District 2 / (360) 671-7262 / SCrawfor@co.whatcom.wa.us (mailto:scrawfor@co.whatcom.wa.us)

Carl Weimer, District 3 / (360) 384-5919 / CWeimer@co.whatcom.wa.us (mailto:cweimer@co.whatcom.wa.us)

Barbara Brenner, District 3 / (360) 384-2762 / BBrenner@co.whatcom.wa.us (mailto:bbrenner@co.whatcom.wa.us)

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