County issues application notice for Birch Bay development

North America Chen’s Holdings, LLP submitted an application for a shoreline substantial development permit with a SEPA checklist on March 8.

The application is to install a 4,000-foot stormwater outfall pipe and a 10’x20′ concrete vault outlet that includes a 20’x30′ riprap pad for additional energy dissipation. The purpose is to provide stormwater conveyance for the Horizon at Semiahmoo and Horizon Village development projects.

A determination that all submitted requirements were met was issued on March 20.

The project site is located within the county right of way in the area of the intersection of Deer Trail and Birch Bay Drive, within Section 24, Township 40, Range 1 West W.M. The project will be reviewed under the official Whatcom County zoning ordinance and shoreline management program. Mitigation may be required pursuant to these ordinances.

Whatcom County Planning and Development Services has reviewed the proposal for probable adverse impacts and expects to issue a Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) for the project pursuant to the Optional DNS process per WAC 197-11-355.

The file and supporting documents may be viewed at the Whatcom County Planning and Development Services office at 5280 Northwest Drive, Bellingham.

Any person may submit written comments to Andrew Hicks, shoreline administrator, Whatcom County Planning and Development Services, 5280 Northwest Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226.

Written comments must be received by April 24. Any person has the right to receive notice of and participate in any hearings, request a copy of the decision once made, and to appeal a decision when allowed by law. Any person wishing to receive personal notice of any hearings must notify the hearing examiner’s office, 1000 N. Forest Street, Bellingham, WA 98225, within 30 days of the notice of application.

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