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 July 25, 2017
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COUNCIL COMMITTEE AGENDAS

   
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Presentation

1. Presentation of a Governor’s 2017 Smart Communities Award to Whatcom County Planning and Development Services (AB2017-231)
Committee Discussion

1. Continuation of Council’s review of the 2016 Critical Areas Ordinance Update (AB2016-276K)
Review of certain questions, comments, and suggestions by staff and Councilmembers related to:
• Article 8 – Conservation Program on Agriculture Lands
• Article 9 – Definitions

Other Business
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE 
Members: Rud Browne, Ken Mann, Satpal Sidhu  
11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
County Executive’s Report
Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

1. Ordinance amending the 2017 Whatcom County Budget, eighth request, in the amount of $851,061 (AB2017-222)

2. Resolution amending the 2017 Flood Control Zone District and Subzones Budgets, third request, in the amount of $15,000 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-199B)

Other Business

SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Comprehensive Plan Chapter 11 and Appendix G

1. Audience members are invited to comment specifically on Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan Chapter 11, Environment, and Appendix G, Water Resources Program and Salmon Recovery Program (AB2016-047K(time limited to 15 minutes)

2. Discussion and preliminary Council direction on Comprehensive Plan Chapter 11, Environment, and Appendix G, Water Resources Program and Salmon Recovery Program (AB2016-047K(Council proposed amendments and additional information)
 Other Business

SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Comprehensive Plan Chapter 11 and Appendix G

1. Audience members are invited to comment specifically on Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan Chapter 11, Environment, and Appendix G, Water Resources Program and Salmon Recovery Program (AB2016-047K(time limited to 15 minutes)

2. Discussion and preliminary Council direction on Comprehensive Plan Chapter 11, Environment, and Appendix G, Water Resources Program and Salmon Recovery Program (AB2016-047K(Council proposed amendments and additional information)
 Other Business

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
1 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Update on negotiations and strategy planning regarding collective bargaining (AB2017-018N)
[Discussion of this item may take place in executive session (closed to the public) pursuant to RCW 42.30.140 (4)(a)]

2. Continued discussion and consultation with Chief Civil Deputy Dan Gibson in the matter of negotiations for various project-related easements (AB2017-018 O)
[Discussion of this item may take place in executive session (closed to the public) pursuant to RCW 42.30.110 (1)(i)]

Other Business
PUBLIC WORKS, HEALTH, AND SAFETY COMMITTEE 
Members: Todd Donovan, Ken Mann, Barbara Brenner 
1:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Presentation

1. Presentation by Mark Buehrer, 2020 Engineering, regarding sustainable water resource management (AB2017-232)

2. Presentation by Des Skubi, Executive Director of Unity Care NW, regarding agency services and North Whatcom expansion (AB2017-225)

3. District Court to present annual report (AB2017-068)

Committee Discussion

1. Discussion of a proposal to move forward with a Pharmaceutical Stewardship Program in Whatcom County (AB2017-226)

Other Business
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE  
Members: Rud Browne, Carl Weimer, Barbara Brenner 
Immediately following Public Works, Health, and Safety Committee (meeting to begin no later than 3 p.m.)
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Discussion of a proposed ordinance adopting amendments to Whatcom County Code Title 20 Zoning, relating to the waiver of spacing requirements between marijuana production facilities and community centers in the rural, agriculture, and rural forestry districts, and amending the definition of community center (ordinance scheduled for public hearing this evening) (AB2017-223)

2. Discussion of a proposed ordinance adopting amendments to Whatcom County Code Title 20 Zoning, exempting public community facilities and community centers from lot coverage limits in the Residential Rural (RR), Rural (R), and Point Roberts Transitional Zone (TZ) districts (ordinance scheduled for introduction this evening) (AB2017-230)

3. Discussion of a proposed ordinance amending Whatcom County Code Title 20 Zoning and the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan relating to cumulative impervious surface coverage standards (ordinance may be added to introduction this evening) (AB2017-195) Reference Material for AB2017-195

4. Discussion of proposed Whatcom County Code amendments to consolidate land use and development procedures (AB2017-227)

Other Business

COUNTY COUNCIL AGENDA

 
As a courtesy to all meeting attendees, cellular phone use is prohibited in the council chambers,

Accessible parking is available near the Courthouse south entrance.

Our regular council meetings are broadcast on BTV10, Comcast channel 10, at 7:00 p.m. on the two Wednesdays following each Tuesday evening county council meeting.

COUNCIL COMMITTEE SCHEDULES



COUNCIL NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE
Members:  Barry Buchanan, Rud Browne, Carl Weimer
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, , 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

Committee Discussion 



Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council



Other Business
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COUNCIL FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE
Members:  Rud Browne, Barry Buchanan, Ken Mann
11 a.m. Tuesday, , 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

Executive Reports



Committee Discussion



Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council



Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council 


(Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)

Council "Consent Agenda" Items



Other Business

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PUBLIC WORKS, HEALTH, AND SAFETY COMMITTEE
Members:  Barbara Brenner, Pete Kremen, Ken Mann
1:30 p.m. Tuesday, , 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

Committee Discussion 



Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council



Other Business
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PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Members:  Barbara Brenner, Rud Browne, Ken Mann
3 p.m. Tuesday, , 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

Committee Discussion 



Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council



Other Business
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COUNCIL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
--- p.m. Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Council Conference Room, 311 Grand Avenue

Committee Discussion


Other Business


 

COUNCIL AGENDA



REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
7 p.m. Tuesday, , 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
FLAG SALUTE
ANNOUNCEMENTS


If you will be handing out paperwork to councilmembers, please give one copy to the clerk for our office files.  Thank you.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION



CITIZEN BOARD AND COMMITTEE VACANCIES
Each agenda features at least one council-appointed citizen board, commission, or committee that currently has unfilled positions.  Council encourages qualified Whatcom county registered voters who are interested in participating in county government to submit an application for this or any committee vacancy. For more information or an application, please visit the Council website, or call, email, or visit the Council Office.



PUBLIC HEARINGS
Audience members who wish to address the council during a public hearing are asked to sign up at the back of the room before the meeting begins.  The council chair will ask those who have signed up to form a line at the podium.   Each speaker should state his or her name for the record and will be given three minutes to address the council. Council staff will keep track of time limits and inform speakers when they have thirty seconds left to conclude their comments.  When a large group of individuals supports the same position on an issue, we encourage the selection of one or two representatives to speak on behalf of the entire group.

OPEN SESSION (20 MINUTES)
During open session, audience members can speak to the council on any issue not scheduled for public hearing or related to the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal project (GPT).  Each speaker should state his or her name for the record and will be given three minutes to address the council.  Council staff will keep track of time limits and inform speakers when they have thirty seconds left to conclude their comments. 



CONSENT AGENDA
Items under this section of the agenda may be considered in a single motion.  Councilmembers have received and studied background material on all items.  Committee review has taken place on these items, as indicated.  Any member of the public, administrative staff, or council may ask that an item be considered separately.

From Finance and Administrative Services Committee

OTHER ITEMS

From Natural Resources Committee



From Finance and Administrative Services Committee



From Public Works, Health, and Safety Committee



From Planning and Development Committee



No Committee Assignment



COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS TO BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES 
Per Whatcom County Code 2.03.060 and 100.02.080, applications for council-appointed and FCZD board of supervisor-appointed citizen boards, commissions, and committees may be accepted until 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday of the week prior to the regularly scheduled council meeting at which nominations and possible vote to appoint are scheduled to occur. 



EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS TO BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES
Per Whatcom County Code 2.03.070(B), the council must confirm or reject executive appointments within 30 days of submission to the council. County code deems the appointee confirmed if council does not take action within this time. 

INTRODUCTION ITEMS 
Council action will not be taken.  The council may accept these items for introduction (no action) in a single motion.  Changes, in terms of committee assignment for example, may be made at this time.

COMMITTEE CHAIR REPORTS

OTHER COUNCIL BUSINESS

COUNCILMEMBER UPDATES

ADJOURN

The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, , 2015, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue.
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING 
7 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
FLAG SALUTE
ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you will be handing out paperwork to councilmembers, please give one copy to the clerk for our office files. Thank you.

PUBLIC HEARINGS
Audience members who wish to address the council during a public hearing are asked to sign up at the back of the room before the meeting begins.  The council chair will ask those who have signed up to form a line at the podium.   Each speaker should state his or her name for the record and will be given three minutes to address the council. Council staff will keep track of time limits and inform speakers when they have thirty seconds left to conclude their comments.  When a large group of individuals supports the same position on an issue, we encourage the selection of one or two representatives to speak on behalf of the entire group.

1. Ordinance adopting amendments to Whatcom County Code Title 20 Zoning, relating to the waiver of spacing requirements between marijuana production facilities and community centers in the rural, agriculture, and rural forestry districts, and amending the definition of community center (AB2017-223)

2. Ordinance establishing the speed limit on a portion of the North Shore Road (AB2017-196A)

3. Resolution providing for submission to the qualified voters of Whatcom County, at an election to be held on November 7, 2017, an advisory ballot seeking citizen input regarding the use of eminent domain by pipeline companies to take property rights from private landowners for use in oil and gas pipelines in Whatcom County (AB2017-233)
(Please note: If this resolution is approved, Council will appoint committees later this evening to prepare pro and con statements for the local voters’ pamphlet, see “other items” number six below)

OPEN SESSION (20 MINUTES)
During open session, audience members can speak to the council on any issue not scheduled for public hearing this evening.  Each speaker should state his or her name for the record and will be given three minutes to address the council.  Council staff will keep track of time limits and inform speakers when they have thirty seconds left to conclude their comments. 
OTHER ITEMS

From the Finance and Administrative Services Committee

1. Ordinance amending the 2017 Whatcom County Budget, eighth request, in the amount of $851,061 (AB2017-222)

2. Resolution amending the 2017 Flood Control Zone District and Subzones Budgets, third request, in the amount of $15,000 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-199B)

No Committee Assignment

3. Ordinance ordering an election to determine the formation of the Lummi Island Park and Recreation District (AB2017-200A)

4. Appointment of members to serve on the pro and con statement writing committees for the sales and use tax for public safety purposes proposition (to volunteer for a committee, please call the County Council Office by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 24, 2017, at (360) 778-5010, or email the office at council@co.whatcom.wa.us) (AB2017-194B)

5. Appointment of members to serve on the pro and con statement writing committees for the proposal to form the Lummi Island Park and Recreation District (to volunteer for a committee, please call the County Council Office by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 24, 2017, at (360) 778-5010, or email the office at council@co.whatcom.wa.us) (AB2017-200B)

6. Appointment of members to serve on the pro and con statement writing committees for the proposition regarding the use of eminent domain by pipeline companies to take property rights from private landowners for use in oil and gas pipelines in Whatcom County (AB2017-233) (to volunteer for a committee, please call the County Council Office by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 24, 2017, at (360) 778-5010, or email the office at council@co.whatcom.wa.us) (AB2017-233A)

EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS TO BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES
Per Whatcom County Code 2.03.070(B), the council must confirm or reject executive appointments within 30 days of submission to the council. County code deems the appointee confirmed if council does not take action within this time. 

1. County Executive requests confirmation of appointments to the new Behavioral Health Advisory Committee (AB2017-228)

INTRODUCTION ITEMS
Council action will not be taken. The council may accept these items for introduction (no action) in a single motion. Changes, in terms of committee assignment for example, may be made at this time.

1. Receipt of applications for the Whatcom County Board of Equalization (BOE), representing District 2, term ending 1/31/2020, applicant: John Bruton (the BOE ensures all properties are valued at fair market value) (application deadline for any other applicants to this vacancy is 10 a.m. on August 1, 2017) (AB2017-224)

2. Ordinance amending the Whatcom County Budget, ninth request, in the amount of $148,625 (AB2017-229)

3. Ordinance adopting amendments to Whatcom County Code Title 20 Zoning, exempting public community facilities and community centers from lot coverage limits in the Residential Rural (RR), Rural (R), and Point Roberts Transitional Zone (TZ) districts (AB2017-230)

COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UPDATES
ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. August 8, 2017, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.