October 4, 2021

Jed Holmes
Whatcom County Executive Office

Whatcom County Seeks Input on Public Participation Process

Whatcom County is inviting residents to share information about their experience participating in local decision-making. A short online survey has been posted to gather feedback (click here for link). The survey is part of a larger effort to review the County’s public engagement process and identify areas for improvement.

“We hope to get a sense of how community members want to participate in the decision-making processes of Whatcom County and what we can do that would make the public feel more willing to provide input or engage with County government,” said Jed Holmes, Community Outreach Facilitator for the Whatcom County Executive’s Office.

The effort began earlier this year at the initiative of the Whatcom County Planning Commission, which expressed an interest in enhancing public participation. Whatcom County Council also recognized a need for improvement in this area, and a Public Participation Ad Hoc Committee was set up with collaboration from County staff, Councilmembers, Planning Commissioners, and the Executive’s Office.

The survey will be open through the month of October, and a final report back to County Council is expected before the end of the year.

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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