Blaine Planning Commission moves forward with two development projects

By Alyssa Evans

Following action taken by the Blaine Planning Commission, two property owners in town are steps closer to seeing their development proposals come to fruition.

During a regular meeting on June 22, the commission approved a PUD Master Plan for the Sea Smoke development, located at the southwest corner of Semiahmoo Parkway and Semiahmoo Drive. The plan details rules for individual phases, building sites and structures, and public and private open spaces to guide development.

In October 2016, Blaine City Council had approved the preliminary development application, submitted by applicant Bellingham-based Rimland Pacific, which included gated housing for single- and multi-family lots as well as an indoor storage facility, small commercial center and park.

During the meeting, the planning commission also voted to issue a recommendation of approval to the Blaine City Council for Drayton Harbor Reach II, which consists of a 39-lot subdivision on the water.

The proposed subdivision is the last part of the original Drayton Reach project, which was approved by the city in 2005. The first phase of construction involved 54 lots and began in 2008. No construction took place on the 39 remaining lots and the 2005 approval expired in 2015.

The applicant, Jim Wong, will need city council approval before starting construction on the remaining lots.

The commission’s next meeting is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 13 at 435 Martin Street, suite 4000.

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