Bay Steering Committee:
The plan is adopted at last
By Kathy Berg
After four years of meetings and careful consideration, the Birch Bay Community Plan: A 2020 Look to the Future, was adopted by the Whatcom County Council as the subarea plan for the Whatcom County comprehensive plan on September 28.
In October, the steering committee, made up of two representatives and an alternate from each neighborhood in the Birch Bay urban growth area held neighborhood elections to begin the process of implementing the Birch Bay plan.
Implementation means fleshing out the details of the vision, goals and policies in the plan by acting on the action strategies. The vast majority of the effort will take place in implementation subcommittees with the steering committee doing the coordination and keeping up with other community developments from meetings held on the fourth Wednesday of every other month starting in January, 2005. Most subcommittees are still in the organizational stages and always open to the public as are the steering committee meetings.
The subcommittees are: the task force for stormwater management & shellfish protection chaired by Kathy Berg, governance/incorporation chaired by Mike Kent, shoreline restoration/berm implementation chair-ed by Doug Robertson, land use & development/public services & infrastructure chaired by Bill Grant, transportation/public safety co-chaired by Claudia Hollod & Doralee Booth, and parks, recreation & open space chaired by Ted Morris.
Now the hard part begins, to make positive visible change towards the goal of making Birch Bay a better place to live, work and play and to assure that the inevitable ongoing growth occurs in a responsible manner. The Birch Bay steering committee is as representative as those who choose to participate in the process. All are welcome to participate and contribute.
The next meeting of the Birch Bay steering committee will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 26, hopefully at the Birch Bay fire station. Every effort will be made to keep you informed of upcoming meetings through The Northern Light.