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*This website is dedicated to keeping the public informed of the progress made on this very important project.

Current News (updated 1/27/15)

Progress updates will be posted here for current information on the new jail planning process. Please be aware event dates included in presentation materials may be DRAFT and SUBJECT TO CHANGE. For confirmed presentation or hearing dates refer to the SCHEDULE OF EVENTS listed on the right hand column.

Executive Jail Planning Workgroup roster

New Jail Planning - Background

On April 26, 2011 the Whatcom County Council approved a resolution establishing a Jail Planning Task Force (JPTF). The JPTF was comprised of local citizens, County Administration, Sheriff's Office and Health Department staff. Their collaboration and hard work resulted in recommendations for tangible "next steps" in the development of the New Jail.

Recommendations are borne from the following JPTF statement of need:

“Due to inadequate existing conditions of the physical plant, life safety concerns and over-crowding, significant and urgent improvements are needed to current adult correctional facilities, including the physical plant, programming and alternatives to incarceration. These changes are needed in order to provide safe and cost-effective justice solutions for our community.”

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Schedule of Events

01/27/15: Consultant DLR Group presentation/update to County Council

04/22/14: Wetland Monitoring began at the LaBounty property

11/12/13 @1:30: Consultant DLR Group presents Final Environmental Impact Statement to County Council, Courthouse Council Chambers

9/26/13 @ 6pm: Draft SEIS Public Comment Meeting, City of Ferndale Council Chambers, Ferndale, WA

9/13/13 Issuance of Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement


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