The Open Record Public Hearing for the Shoreline Permit has been canceled for Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at 1:40 PM, in the Council Chambers, Whatcom County Courthouse, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham, WA.
The Shoreline Permit Hearing will be re-scheduled to a future date in 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and encourage continued monitoring of this website for future updates.
The 90% Level Preliminary Survey and Engineering Plans are now completed. (To view click on the link located under Project Documents)
September 24, 2015
The 60% Level Preliminary Survey and Engineering Plans are now completed. (To view click on the link located under Project Documents).
June 6, 2015 Open House #2
Open House #2 for the Birch Bay Dr. & Pedestrian Facility Project was held from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the Birch Bay Bible Community Church at 4460 Bay Rd., Birch Bay, WA 98230.
November 8th, 2014 Open House #1
The Open House #1 was well attended by over 100 people. The links below will show the display posters used and community input generated at the meeting. A second Open House is planned for late spring, 2015.
The 1st recommendation for beach reconstruction along Birch Bay Drive was in September 1975 by renowned coastal hydrogeologic engineer, Wolf Bauer. Mr. Bauer provided a shoreline analysis with preliminary design elements for the Whatcom County Planning Commission. Whatcom County constructed a portion of the project in 1986. The continuation of the project has been an ongoing request of the community. The request was formalized in the 2004 Birch Bay Subarea Plan, adopted by the Whatcom County Council as a part of the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan. The Subarea plan includes the Birch Bay Drive and Pedestrian Project as one of the top projects for the Subarea. It is described as the Beachfront Promenade:
"Working with the appropriate County and State agencies, retain a civil engineer for the final design of a promenade and a berm along Birch Bay Drive. Seek State and Federal funding for construction of the berm. Construct the berm and promenade along Birch Bay Drive."
Soft Shore Protection
Construction is planned to begin September 2017 with major elements of the project's 1st phase (soft shore protection) includes the following:
Project Limits: Lora Lane to Cedar Avenue, 1.58 miles
Remove the rip rap, sea walls, groins, and bulkheads along Birch Bay Drive and replace them with a "natural" soft shore beach; reestablishing the beach profile and improving flood protection for the roadway and adjacent structures; this will improve habitat functions and the currently disrupted natural littoral drift of the beach.
Replace and retrofit substandard stormwater facilities and out falls to improve water quality for this significant shellfish area.
Provide beach access and a pedestrian facility as a portion of the Coast Millennium Trail.
Project construction will be over two seasons; September 2017 - May 2018 and September 2018 - May 2019. These work windows were established to avoid construction during the summer high tourism season at Birch Bay and in-water work windows established by environmental permits.
Minimize Disruptions & Disturbances
Improved recreational access
Improved flood protection
Improved road preservation
Protect Birch Bay Drive with soft shore protection