County Council Review

The County Council has been and will continue to review the draft CAO prior to adoption. They began their review with a staff overview presentation to the Committee of the Whole on September 20, 2016, and held an initial public hearing on October 25, 2016. In January 2017, they began a chapter-by-chapter review. It is anticipated that they will spend 5-6 months reviewing the draft code, and hold at least one more public hearing (see schedule below).

Prior to their first meeting the Council received a staff memo, the Best Available Science/Staff Report, a copy of the draft code containing proposed changes, and the Planning Commission's recommended Findings of Fact. As their review progresses they will receive additional staff reports and materials. Additionally, they have access (via this website) to all the Best Available Science documents used and all the written comments staff and the Planning Commission received from the Citizens' Advisory Committee, Technical Advisory Committee, members of the public, and PDS staff. These are all found below. (Note: Public Comments sent to the County Council during their review will be posted on the Council's website.)
Notes on Below Schedule

Please note that the below schedule is our best estimate of topics and dates. However, it may change due to other Council responsibilities. Additionally, we cannot at this time determine whether the workshops before the Committee of the Whole (COTW) will be held in the morning or afternoon (again, it depends on what else gets scheduled for them). Please check the Council's calendar are these dates approach (and we'll try to post more details here once known).

Anticipated Council Review Schedule (updated 3/15/17)

Date: Before the: Topic:
9/20/16 (day) COTW Overview
10/25/16 (evening) County Council • Public Hearing
1/10/17 (day) COTW • Art 2 – Administrative Provisions
​• Art 1 – Purpose
​• Art 5 – Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas
​• Art 5.5 – Lummi Island
​• Art 9 – Definitions
1/24/17 (day) COTW • Art 4 – Frequently Flooded Areas
​• Art 7 – Habitat Conservation Areas
2/7/17 (day) COTW • Art 6 – Wetlands
​• Art 8 – Conservation Program on Agriculture Lands
2/21/17 (day) COTW • Art 3 – Geologically Hazardous Areas
3/7/17 (day) COTW • Review of Council suggestions and outstanding issues
3/21/17 (day) COTW • Review of Council suggestions and outstanding issues
4/4/17 (day) COTW Review of Council suggestions and outstanding issues
4/18/17 (day) COTW Review of Council suggestions and outstanding issues
5/2/17 (day) COTW Review of Council suggestions and outstanding issues
5/16/17 (day) COTW Review of Council suggestions and outstanding issues
5/30/17 COTW Review of Council suggestions and outstanding issues
6/13/17 COTW Review of Council suggestions and outstanding issues
6/27/17 COTW Review of Council suggestions and outstanding issues
7/11/17 COTW Review of Council suggestions and outstanding issues
7/25/17 COTW Review of Council suggestions and outstanding issues
8/8/17 COTW Review of Council suggestions and outstanding issues
9/1217 COTW Review of Council suggestions and outstanding issues
TBD (evening) County Council Introduction of ordinance
TBD (evening) County Council • Public Hearing #2
​• Adoption

Core Documents Council has Received (Planning Commission Final Recommendations)

Additional Materials for County Council (to be filled in as they progress and materials are produced)

Best Available Science Documents

Doc # Author Document Name
2 NMFS Endangered Species Act
3 DOE WSDOT Framework for Delineating Channel Migration Zones
4 Whatcom Co Erosion and Avulsion Hazard Mapping and Methodologies 
5 Marton Geographically Isolated Wetlands are Important Biogeochemical Reactors
6 USACE Advance Permittee-Responsible Mitigation
7 EPA Connectivity of Streams & Wetland to Downstream Waters
9 VanMeter & Basu Signatures of human impact: size distributions and spatial organization of wetlands
10 DOE Wetlands in Washington State: A Synthesis of the Science
11 DOE Wetlands in Washington State: Guidance fore Protecting and Managing Wetlands
12 DOE Making Mitigation Work
13 DOE Update on Wetland Buffers: State of the Science
14 DOE Western Washington Rating Summary of Wetlands
15 DOE Guidance on Widths of Buffers and Ratios for Compensatory Mitigation of Use with WRS
16 DOE Washington State Wetland Program Plan 2015 
17 Nelson Mapping Biodiversity in Whatcom County
22 HRCD Land Cover WDFW High Resolution Change Detection Project
25 Whatcom Co Whatcom County Significant Wildlife Areas
26 Haddad On Experimentation and the Study of Corridors
27 Noss-Beier Arguing Over Little Things: Response to Haddad
28 Rosenberg Integrating People and Wildlife for a Sustainable Future
29 Rosenberg Biological Corridors: Form, Function and Efficacy
30 ECONorthwest The Economic Value of Beaver Ecosystem Services
31 Pollock  Using Beaver Dams to Restore Incised Stream Ecosystems
32 Pollock  The Beaver Restoration Guidebook
33 Walker  Innovative Solution for Water Storage and Increased Late Summer Flows
34 FEMA Floodplain Habitat Assessment and Mitigation
35 Judge Qualitative Assessment of Implementation of the Puget Sound Chinook
36 Pentila Marine Forage Fishes in Puget Sound
37 Small Temporal and Spatial Genetic Structure Pacific Herring Populations
38 WDFW Land Use Planning for Salmon, Steelhead, Trout
39 WDFW 2012 2012 Washington State Herring Stock Status Report
40 Brennan Marine Riparian Vegetation Communities of Puget Sound
41 Cereghino Strategies for Nearshore Protection and Restoration in Puget Sound
42 Clancy Management Measures for Protecting and Restoring the Puget Sound Nearshore
43 Dethier Native Shellfish in Nearshore Ecosystems of Puget Sound
44 Finlayson Geomorphology of Puget Sound Beaches
45 Fresh Juvenile Pacific Salmon in Puget Sound
46 Fresh Guidance for Protection and Restoration of Nearshore Ecosystems
47 Fresh Implications of Observed Anthropogenic Changes to the Nearshore Ecosystems
48 Gelfenbaum Coastal Habitats in Puget Sound: Research Plan in Support of PSNP
49 Gleason Conservation Assessment of West Coast Estuaries
50 Goetz Guiding Restoration Principles
51 Greiner Principles for Strategic Conservation and Restoration
52 Johannessen & MacLennan Beaches and Bluffs of Puget Sound
53 Kriete Orcas in Puget Sound
55 Leschine & Petersen Valuing Puget Sound's Valued Ecosystem Components
56 Mumford Kelp and Eelgrass in Puget Sound
57 Schlenger Strategic Needs Assessment: Analysis of Nearshore Ecosystem Process Degradation
58 Shipman Geomorphic Classification of Puget Sound Nearshore Landforms
59 Simenstad Historical Change and Impairment of Puget Sound Shorelines
60 VanCleve Lessons Learned from Large-Scale Restoration Project Efforts in the USA
61 Bogan High Aquatic Biodiversity in Intermittent Coastal Headwater Stream
62 Lummi Nation  Nooksack River Estuary Habitat Assessment
63 US EPA Connectivity of Streams & Wetland to Downstream Waters
64 WDFW Landscape Planning for Washington's Wildlife
66 Bentrup Conservation Buffers
68 GMHB Whidbey Environmental Action Network v. Island County
69 NRCS NRCS Best Management Practices
70 Redding Nitrate Contamination in the Sumas-Blaine Aquifer
71 WEAN AG-CAO Letter Opinion
74 Bauer  Letter re: AG Uses in Island County

Comments Received by Staff Prior to Planning Commission Review

Member of: Name
CAC A. Borders
CAC K. Blystone
CAC L. Sachs
CAC R. Almskaar
CAC V. Watson
CAC W. Harris
CAC W. Kentch
TAC B. Rubash
TAC D. McShane
TAC J. Ingram
TAC K. Kuhlman
TAC O. Grah
TAC R. Ericson
TAC S. Meyer
TAC W. Steffensen
Public G. Boggs
Public Various
Staff A. Dearborn
Staff A. Wiser
Staff C. Elder
Staff C. Strong
Staff E. Page
Staff J. Thompson
Staff M. Kershner
Staff M. Mahaffie
Staff R. Ericson
Staff T. Bouma
Staff W. Fitch