Semiahmoo development proposal moves forward with city approval

After lengthy deliberation, Blaine city councilmembers unanimously approved an application to develop approximately 20 acres of land at the southwest corner of Semiahmoo Parkway and Semiahmoo Drive.

The multi-phase project includes the construction of a gated community inclusive of single-family townhouses or paired units in the first wave of development as well as a mixed-use commercial facility, an indoor storage facility and a park, to be owned either by the city or the neighborhood association.

Blaine’s planning commission received extensive public comment from Semiahmoo residents during two public hearings in late August and early September.

Planning commissioners subsequently worked up a list of conditions based on public concerns related to increases in traffic density, harm to the wildlife habitat and required alterations to existing roadways and access points, just to name a few.

On September 26, the city council got its first formal look at the development application and participated in a series of study sessions prior to casting a vote of approval on Monday.

Led by Bellingham-based Rimland Pacific, agent Wayne Schwandt told staff they hope to complete utility roadwork by end of December. To learn more about the project, visit

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