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Whatcom County Limited Amendment

Public comment period is closed

We held a public comment period on Whatcom County’s proposed limited amendment to its Shoreline Master Program to address use of single-family residences as short-term vacation rentals. The period for public comment was from Jan. 3 through Feb. 2, 2017.

Mail and email were used to notify those who had expressed interest. We have received 11 written comments. Comments focused on concerns about neighborhood impacts and impacts to water quality and shoreline habitats.

Response to public comment

We have prepared a summary of public comments and sent the document to Whatcom County on Feb. 7, 2017. The county provided a response to these comments on Aug. 24, 2017. Our response to the public’s comments will be posted here when available. Please check back.

Next steps: our decision

We will decide if the county’s proposed program update meets the requirements of the state Shoreline Management Act and our Shoreline Master Program Guidelines. We will decide whether to:

  • Approve the amendment as is.
  • Approve the amendment or with recommended changes.
  • Send the proposed amendment back to Whatcom County with required changes to meet statutory and rule requirements. Recommended changes may also be included with the required changes.

Relevant documents will be posted on this website when they become available.  Please check back.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF If you have trouble accessing documents, please contact Chad Yunge.