New Offices Coming to Bellingham, Wash.

Medical offices planned, plus new residential developments, school and more

Jan. 6--Here is a roundup of recent development proposals and decisions, and upcoming development- related meetings:

--Bellingham: The city of Bellingham has received an application to build a two-story, 25,240-square-foot medical office building and parking lot at3200 Squalicum Parkway. Comments may be sent by Friday to Brian Smart, Planning Department, 210 Lottie St., Bellingham, WA 98225; or e-mail . The city of Bellingham has received an application to allow a 16-unit condominium project at 472 and 476 N. State St. to take up more of a lot than is currently allowed. Comments may be sent to the planning department by Jan. 15.

The city has received an application to build a new mixed-use building with 23 residential units above groundfloor commercial space at1330 N. State St.

Details: 676-6982 or .

--Blaine: The city of Blaine has received an application to make improvements to Semiahmoo Park, including building a deck around several buildings, improving landscaping, building a trail and interpretive signs and kiosk and re-siding one side of two buildings. The project, at 9261 Semiahmoo Parkway, is being conducted by Whatcom County Parks and Recreation. Comments can be sent by Monday to planner Elizabeth Anderson, 344 H St., Blaine, WA 98230. A hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 in City Council chambers, at the above address. Details: 332-8311 or .

--Ferndale: The Ferndale Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to work on its project to update thecity's comprehensive plan. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the City Hall Annex, 5694 Second Ave.

A city of Ferndale hearing examiner will hold public hearings at 7 p.m. Thursday on several development-related proposals:

--A project to create an 11- lot residential subdivision at 1317 W. Smith Road.

--A project to create a sevenlot subdivision at6047 Malloy Ave.

--A project to create a 75-lot residential planned unit development at2490 Main St.

--A project to build a new 60,000-square-foot, two-story elementary school at6175 Church Road.

--A project to allow a proposed two-lot short plat and private road at5880 Vista Drive.

The hearings will be in the City Hall Annex, 5694 Second Ave.

The city has decided that a project to create nine house lots at5788 Church Road will likely have a small negative environmental impact if the developer takes certain steps. Comment to planner Michael Jones, P.O. Box 936, Ferndale, WA 98248 by Wednesday.

The Planning Commission will hold a public meeting to discuss updates to the city's comprehensive plan at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the City Hall Annex. Details: 384-4006 or .

--Whatcom County: The Whatcom County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday on a request to change zoning for property at 4833 Birch Drive back to resort commercial. It was changed to urban residential medium density in the September 2004 Birch Bay Community Plan. The hearing will be at the Northwest Annex Conference Room, 5280 Northwest Drive.

Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District has applied to establish a short-term emergency wastewater spill containment area on 15.66 acres at 2800 Lake Louise Road in Sudden Valley. The project calls for construction of a 4.5-foot berm around a natural depression to hold 77,400 gallons of spill water. Submit comments by Thursday to Marilyn Bentley, senior planner, Whatcom County Planning and Development Services, 5280 Northwest Drive, Suite B, Bellingham, WA 98226.

A county hearing examiner will hear an appeal of a county planning department decision regarding an application to expand a gravel mine near the existing Northstar Gravel Pit, 3563 Brown Road, near Ferndale. The hearing is scheduled Wednesday at the Whatcom County Courthouse, 311 Grand Ave., in Bellingham.

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