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File #: AB2021-380    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Adopted
File created: 6/21/2021 In control: Council
On agenda: 7/27/2021 Final action: 7/27/2021
Enactment date: 7/27/2021 Enactment #: ORD 2021-047
Title: Ordinance adopting amendments to the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan relating to density credits, PDRs, and TDRs
Attachments: 1. Agenda Bill Master Report, 2. Adopted Ordinance 2021-047, 3. Staff Memo, 4. Proposed Ordinance, 5. Planning Commission Findings and Minutes, 6. Presentation, 7. Work Group Final Report, 8. Affidavit of Publication, 9. Correspondence, 10. Correspondence, 11. Correspondence, 12. Notice of Action Proposed on 06.29.2021, 13. Code and RCW Language Related to Concurrent Review, 14. Notice of Action Taken on 7.27.2021
Related files: AB2018-298, AB2021-543, AB2021-453
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Ordinance adopting amendments to the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan relating to density credits, PDRs, and TDRs





This ordinance would insert the concept of a density credit program into the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan.  A density credit program would allow development incentives, such as increased land use intensity, in exchange for a voluntary contribution towards preserving agricultural lands and open space.  The proposal would also amend purchase of development right (PDR) and transfer of development right (TDR) provisions in the Comprehensive Plan.


This proposal was forwarded by Council on November 7, 2018, to be considered with other proposed Comprehensive Plan and zoning amendments from 2018/2019 (see AB2018-298).  Per Whatcom County Code 2.02.115, because the ordinance was not adopted within 120 days of its original introduction date, it must be reintroduced, notice of introduction republished, and at least 13 days elapsed before the ordinance can come up for final consideration by the Council


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