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Tomorrow, Tell County Council Not to Expand Urban Areas onto our Rural & Farm Lands

(Reprinted from Futurewise.org: http://futurewise.org/whatcom/advocacy/news_item.2010-07-12.7135989598)


On Tuesday, July 13th, the Whatcom County Council will ask the public whether we think we should expand four cities' borders onto neighboring rural land
around around Ferndale, Birch Bay, Sumas and Nooksack.

This proposal would UNDO the work carried out last year to reduce urban footprints, prevent sprawl, and bring Whatcom County into compliance
with state law!

Tomorrow, July 13th is the public's first and ONLY opportunity to have a say in the decision.

If you care about the livability of our great place, NOW is the time to tell County Council not to expand UGAs.

4 Things YOU Can Do to Stop Sprawl & Save Rural Land: 

Help preserve livability in Whatcom County by emailing Councty Council NOT to expand UGAs. Talking
points HERE
.
Call a County Council member and share personally with them your own views. 
Email County Council:  council@co.whatcom.wa.us
Come tomorrow, July 13th @ 7pm to speak up for a livable future in Whatcom County. Arrive early to sign up for comments!
Join Futurewise Whatcom today, to help us keep working locally to prevent sprawl and promote smart growth in Whatcom County!

PUBLIC HEARING ON UGAs:

WHEN: Tuesday, July 13th @ 7pm (arrive early!)

WHERE: Whatcom Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

WHY: This will be our opportunity to speak up in defense of a livable future for Whatcom County that retains compact, efficient urban areas,
and:

Focus limited county resources on what needs to be fixed NOW
Proposed expansions of UGA boundaries lack robust public process
As UGA boundaries grow, so do costs to taxpayers
 
We need to tell the County Council that we cannot afford to waste taxpayer money, degrade rural
lands -- and that we mean it, the public doesn't support sprawl!

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This topic is worthy of some phone calls...

J. C. Walker,Jr. said:

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