Planning Commission

Upcoming Meeting

On Thursday, December 8, 2022, at 6:30 p.m., the Whatcom County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing and work session regarding:


Proposed amendments to WCC Titles 20 (Zoning), 21 (Land Division Regulations), and 22 (Land Use and Development). This is an annual “code scrub,” wherein Planning and Development Services proposes amendments to clarify code, fix inconsistencies and grammar, and modify or add minor policies. This year’s 17 proposed code amendments include six proposed minor policy changes regarding: overflow parking for certain residential developments using private roads, minimum lot width and depth in the URM zone, a requirement that garbage collection service providers review and approve proposed garbage enclosures, reducing parking stall size to 9’ x 18’, add bicycle parking requirements, and only allowing Transfer of Development Rights receiving areas in Urban Growth Areas (UGAs).


For additional information contact Cliff Strong at 360.778.5942 or 

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Individuals who require special assistance to participate in the meetings are asked to contact at least 96 hours in advance.


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  • The Whatcom County Planning Commission generally schedules meetings on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, 6:30 p.m. in the Northwest Annex Conference Room, 5280 Northwest Drive, Bellingham, WA 98225.    
  • The commission does not meet on the 4th Thursday of August, November, and December.  
  • Special meetings may be scheduled with 24 hours' notice.
  • Meeting times and locations may vary.  Confirm Agenda for specific meeting information. Meetings may be cancelled at any time.
  • Meeting agendas will note if there is an opportunity for public comment during the meeting.


The Planning Commission has 9 members appointed by the County Council, with no more than 2 members from one council district.  All terms end January 31:

  • Stephen Jackson, District 1, Term ends 2025
  • Kimberley Lund, District 1, Term ends 2025
  • Robert Bartel, District 2,Term ends 2023
  • Jim Hansen, District 2, Term ends 2024
  • Dominic Moceri, District 3, Term ends 2023
  • Atul Deshmane, District 3, Term ends 2025
  • Alvin Scott Van Dalen, District 4, Term ends 2026
  • Kelvin Barton, District 5, Term ends 2026
  • Julie Jefferson, District 5, Term ends 2026


The council encourages representation from the following:

    • Development community
    • Environmental community
    • Business and industry
    • Agricultural, forestry, mineral, or aquatic resource lands representatives

Term Information

  • 4-year terms, 2 full term limit, 1 year separation required after term limit before being eligible to reapply


The Planning Commission shall assist the Planning and Development Services Department in carrying out its duties, including assisting in the preparation and execution of the Comprehensive Plan and recommendations to the department for the adoption of official controls and/or amendments thereto.

The Planning Commission shall conduct such hearings as may be required under RCW Chapter 36.70 and shall make findings and conclusions therefrom which shall be transmitted to the Planning and Development Services Department. 
The Planning and Development Services Department shall transmit the recommendations of the Planning Commission to the County Council with such comments and recommendations the department deems necessary.