RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON
2. Committee preliminary direction - Add information regarding habitat restoration resources and processes.
Staff suggestion revisions, P. 19:
· Cooperative projects and funding for shoreline restoration, habitat enhancement, environmental remediation and public access should be identified.
· Pocket beaches within the Waterfront District should be reserved for preservation and restoration / enhancement as habitat and public access points.
3.1 Environmental Consideration Policies (P. 22) Add a new bullet to the Habitat subsection: Where appropriate and whenever feasible, implement Restoration and enhancement opportunities should be implemented as specified in the SMP’s Restoration Plan, the Whatcom Resource Inventory Area 1’s “Marine Nearshore and Estuarine Assessment and Restoration Prioritization” plan and the City’s Habitat Master Restoration Plan. [Changed in committee]
3. Committee preliminary direction - sea level rise. Add a statement requiring use of "best available science" to address potential future sea level rise.
Staff suggestion revisions. The Planning Commission recommended adding the following section on sea level rise on P.19, after the Shoreline Development section. Staff has added best available science requirement to the section (see last sentence in the first paragraph:
The Waterfront District infrastructure and development will be constructed to accommodate potential long-term sea level rise and tsunami conditions. Most of the site is currently located at an elevation of 5-7 feet above the Mean High Water Mark. Recent climate change studies have projected sea level to rise 15” to 50” over the next 100 years. Development in the Waterfront District shall be constructed in accordance with the best available science sea level rise information at the time the development occurs.
The site grade for parks, infrastructure and development pads will be raised to levels appropriate for the design lifetime of the projects. Marine-related industrial uses which need water access and buildings or facilities with a low initial cost or short life span may be located close to current sea level elevations and modified over time to adjust to rising sea level. Commercial, residential and institutional uses with a longer building life or more significant investment will be elevated at appropriate levels to reflect projected sea level rise.
Staff recommendation: Clarify in the permitted uses table that a public or private district hearing system is a permitted use. Add a requirement that property owners and developers are required to participate in such a system if one is installed. Staff is working on language.
Planned Action Ordinance
1. Committee preliminary direction: clarify text to show that the development thresholds in Section 3.D.2 on P. 4 are not the maximum that could occur in each area.
Staff suggested revision: