Bellingham, WA Greenway Advisory Committee
The Greenway Advisory Committee shall identify, develop, review, and recommend selection criteria, general project priorities and specific actions relating to the expenditure and allocation of Greenway Levy Funds. The Committee shall work in cooperation with the Parks and Recreation Department staff per Council Ordinance 2006-09-096.
In its advisory capacity to City Staff, Administration and Council, the Committee considers recommendations and generates recommendations pertaining to:
- City efforts to secure land and rights for open space, trails, and parks
- Expenditure of Greenway Levy funds for purchase of property and for public improvements.
In its work, the Committee operates using the following guidelines and policies:
- Greenway Acquisition Considerations & Decisions (PDF)
- Greenway Levy Acquisition Approval Procedure (PDF)
Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Fireplace Room in the Municipal Court Building 2014 C Street (enter through the Halleck Street entrance and turn right). Members are encouraged to spend additional time on Committee matters outside meeting hours.
The Committee shall consist of eleven members, appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Council. Such members shall be active in neighborhoods, urban habitat protection and restoration, use of trails, environmental education and land conservation. Each member shall be a citizen of the United States, an elector of the City of Bellingham, a resident of the State of Washington for at least 3 years and of the City of Bellingham for at least 2 years prior to appointment to the committee. Appointments shall be for three-year terms, with a two term limit.
Regular attendance at GAC meetings is very important for timely City purchase of property and for advising other City decision makers. Unexcused absence from more than two consecutive GC meetings will result in termination of a member's appointment. Absence from more than four meetings for ANY reason in any one year period will also result in termination of a member's appointment.
Attendance will be excused by calling the Greenway Program Coordinator. Calls should be made prior to the meeting. The Greenway Program Coordinator will maintain an attendance sheet for easy reference by all.