New Offices Coming to Bellingham, Wash.

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.

RCI Construction is seeking a construction storm-water permit to build a 15,000-square-foot steel building on about half an acre of a 1.38-acre area at2649 Delta Ring Road. Comments may be sent by Thursday to the state Department of Ecology, Water Quality Program, Stormwater Unit -- Construction, P.O. Box 47696, Olympia, WA, 98504-7696.

The county Public Works Department has applied for a shoreline substantial development permit to rebuild2,700 feet of Cable Street between Lakeview Street and Lake Whatcom Boulevard. Comments may be sent by Friday to Chad Yunge, shoreline administrator, at the planning department.

The Evergreen Water-Sewer District is seeking a construction storm-water permit from the state for an upgrade to its water distribution system. Comments can be sent to the Department of Ecology, Water Quality Program, Storm-water Unit -- Construction, P.O. Box 47696, Olympia, WA, 98504- 7696, by Friday. Details: 676-6907 or .

Copyright (c) 2007, The Bellingham Herald, Wash. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Business News


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