Whatcom County Comprehensive PlanFebruary 9, 2011 Proposed Amendments County Council Draft Page 3 of 29
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Policy 2B-3: Work with property owners in the resort communities to developan understanding of the unique needs of these areas and evaluateland use regulations for their responsiveness to these needs.Policy 2B-4: New resort development and Master Planned Resorts should bedeveloped consistent with the development regulationsestablished for critical areas.Policy 2B-5: No new urban land uses should be allowed in the vicinity ofMaster Planned Resorts, except in areas otherwise designated asurban growth areas under the Comprehens
. . . . .Regions of Whatcom County
Whatcom County is a large and diverse county. People living in different parts of thecounty have different priorities and understanding of what constitutes rural and urbanlifestyles. It is important to citizens to emphasize these regional differences.
GOAL 2L: Recognize the important regional differences within WhatcomCounty.
Policy 2L-1: Use the subarea planning process to identify and supportdistinctions among different areas of the county.Policy 2L-2: Retain and periodically update the adopted Subarea Plans(Lummi Island, Cherry Point-Ferndale, Lake Whatcom, UrbanFringe, Lynden-Nooksack Valley, Chuckanut-Lake Samish, BirchBay-Blaine, Foothills, Point Roberts, South Fork Valley, and ElizaIsland). Subarea Plans represent a long history of plandevelopment in Whatcom County and provided the foundation forthe county’s first Growth Management comprehensive planadopted in 1997.a. Utilize a process which ensures consistency between theWhatcom County Comprehensive Plan and subarea plans. Thesubarea plan update process should include the following steps:1) Consistency Analysis. The County should reviewsubarea plans based on the priority order in subsection “b”for gaps, overlaps, or inconsistencies. Topics include, butare not limited to, plan boundaries, growth forecasts, landuses, capital facilities and services, horizon year, and otherappropriate issues.2) Regional and Local Government Coordination. TheCounty should consult and coordinate with cities wherecity-associated UGAs are included in subarea planboundaries.