Steering Committee: Birch Bay has a plan
By Kathy Berg, Vice-Chair
Birch Bay has a plan. 2003 was the third year that the Birch Bay Steering Committee worked on it, but by the end of the year the Birch Bay Community Plan, a 2020 Look to the Future was in the hands of the county planning commission and on its way to adoption by the county council.
For the first time in 25 years, Birch Bay has a sub-area comprehensive plan driven by citizen input rather than county staff input. In an atmosphere of civility and respect, the steering committee worked diligently over a three-year period to plan for the inevitable future growth of this area. While not always agreeing entirely, general consensus was found and a growing sense of community was born.
The overarching theme of the planning process was the universal agreement for the care and concern of Birch Bay itself; to preserve natural habitat, restore natural processes, encourage the indigenous plants and wildlife and allow human observation and involvement with the bay without detriment to it.
Now the hard part begins: implementing projects from the plan. The community is invited to participate in the process of prioritizing those projects for advice to the steering committee on January 10, 2004 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Christ the King facility in the Peace Arch Outlet Mall.
The Birch Bay community plan may be viewed in hard copy at the Blaine and Bellingham pubic libraries and online at http://www.biz.birchbay.net/bbsc/.