The conservative County Council has decided, rather than comply with state law and adopt some common sense planning guidelines, to fight it tooth and nail. There has been a great deal of discussion about it among those who are in the know, so here I go, shamelessly trying to bring everyone else up to speed. Rather than re-write what has already been written, here is a round up of some very excellent writing about it.
First, here is an article by Shane Roth (with myself editing) that brings you up to speed on this issue
if you need more background, here is an earlier article lining up how we got to this point, again written by Shane and myself
Now that the County Council is ready to sue, there is an article on the Herald Blog:
The Cascadia Weekly column “The Gristle” has covered it quite a bit. you can find that here:
The Whatcom Watch had an excellent article written by Jean Melious and Cathy Lehman explaining the legal background and giving a great summary on the whole issue as it relates to sprawl:
And finally, read up the latest rant by Shane Roth on Latte Republic about the conservatives attempt to skew the hearing by having it in their own backyard: