2016 Year in Review: City of Blaine

By Dave Wilbrecht

Community Development Services

• Resolved 91 Blaine municipal code enforcement cases, including demolition of 10 derelict structures and repair of two.

• Building permits for 63 new residences, a 210 percent increase from 2015, while maintaining reasonable permit review

• Reviewed 90 land-use and development permits, an 800 percent increase from 2015, while maintaining reasonable permit review timelines.

• Completed the two-year process to update of the city of Blaine comprehensive plan – Blaine 2036.

• Completed submittal of the city’s shoreline master program to the Washington State Department of Ecology.

• Preliminary approval of new planned unit development; Seasmoke PUD located on the corner of Semiahmoo Parkway and Semiahmoo Drive.

• Coordinated with the school district on the high school addition and redevelopment project.

• Revised the Accessory Dwelling Unit Code to add that option for property owners in a larger portion of the city.

• Hosted Chalk It Up! Blaine and Splash Days this summer and coordinated with the administrative services department on end of summer celebration.

• Hosted a neighborhood clean-up in conjunction with volunteers from the Salishan Neighborhood Association.


• Celebrated renovation of the skate park with a grand reopening Insane in the Blaine Skate Jam ceremony on September 30,  2016.

• Coordinated enhancements of the 7th Street Community Garden with help from the gardeners.

• Expanded the reclaimed water irrigation system in Marine Park.

• Completed recognition of donors to Marine Park Playground with bronze handcrafted sea life donation plaques.

Public Works

• Completion of Vista Terrace ULID

• PSE to Blaine Power Conversion on N. Harvey Road

• Completion of new sidewalks, connecting Mitchell Ave to school complex

• Completed Construction of new public works/administration storage building

• First annual public works Roadeo

• New low income weatherization program with Opportunity Council established

• Purchased new mini excavator, robotic sewer camera van set up

• Completed successful chip seal program (first in many years)

• Completed new pumphouse for well 8.1 in Lincoln Park

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