Environmental Lawyers and the Middle Class
(original published on 7/9/2013)
All humans need food and water to survive… The State Growth Management Board’s micromanaging will decide who has “rights” to water in Whatcom County… NOT common sense or our elected Whatcom County Council.
The Bellingham Herald has an article here on a “Growth Management Board” decision concerning water rights in Whatcom County.
The Herald’s headline is: “State board tells Whatcom County to impose restrictions on water use”
Does the extremist Special Interest group FUTUREWISE control both sides of this important debate at the state Bureaucracy level? You Decide.
Among other things the “Growth Management Board” demands that a new tax be imposed on septic system owners by forcing them to have their systems inspected by contractors or other people and not allowing the home owner the right to self-inspection.
The result of the decision again is to pour cold water on ANY retention of farmland, jobs, and economic activity in rural Whatcom County by muddying the ability of local governments to act in the environments and citizens best interest.
The fourth corner has discussed what this board is before, but this specific case gets into a process that some would say if not corrupt then reeks of possible cronyism.
A copy of the 51 page decision is located here.
The following people brought the complaint to the Growth Management Board:
- ERIC HIRST (Former President of Futurewise Whatcom),
- LAURA LEIGH BRAKKE (“Friends of Chuckanut” formerly 1000 Friends of Chuckanut),
- WENDY HARRIS (Currently on Advisory Committee Futurewise Whatcom),
- DAVID STALHEIM(Former candidate for County Executive… Former County Planning Department),
- AND FUTUREWISE
- Margaret Pageler Former Seattle City Council Member- Huge record of environmental activism. Click her name to find out more.
- Raymond L. Paolella He has extensive experience in land use, environmental law, real estate, and municipal law matters.. Also is an Eastern Washington member of the Board from Yakima.
- Nina Carter: Check out this opinion she wrote with a Futurewise associate… bashing developer interests.
There are those who believe the State Growth Management Board and the State Growth Management Act have created or added greatly to problems all over the state using ONLY a one-dimensional approach to their decision making …Being an extra step between elected governments locally and the final decisions a judical system can supply. Should the Growth Management Act be repealed?? You decide.
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