Water and sewer district to annex Loomis Trail development

Published on Wed, May 25, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Residents of the Loomis Trail housing development on the south shore of Drayton Harbor will see a reduction in their water bills if the Birch Bay Water and Sewer District (BBWSD) board of commissioners approves annexation of the area.

The BBWSD adds an extra fee to the water bills of homeowners in the development because the homes are outside the district’s service area, assistant district manager Dan Eisses said.

Under the district’s comprehensive plan, the district can supply water to properties outside its coverage area for an additional fee.

With the annexation, the development will be included in the BBWSD’s coverage area, meaning homeowners there will no longer have to pay the additional fee.

The commissioners will hold a public hearing on the annexation before they vote on the issue at their June 9 meeting.
At their May 12 meeting, commissioners unanimously accepted a petition from the Loomis Trail homeowners that expressed support for the annexation.

By law, district officials needed at least 60 percent of registered voters in the development to support annexation in order to move forward; 62 percent of homeowners expressed approval in the petition.

The Loomis Trail development had been trying to get annexed into BBBWSD since 2007, Eisses said. At that time, district officials were wary of the move because the development was part of the Blaine urban growth area (UGA).

Homeowners in the development expressed renewed interest in annexation when Whatcom County Council voted to remove Loomis Trail and portions of Birch Point from Blaine’s UGA in December 2009, Eisses said.

The Loomis Trail development lies west of the Loomis Trail Golf Club near the Blaine Road bridge over California Creek.