College of the Environment Graduate and Undergraduate Publications

Date Permissions Signed


College Affiliation

Huxley College of the Environment

Date of Award

Winter 2009

Document Type

Environmental Impact Assessment

Department or Program Affiliation

Department of Environmental Studies


Environmental Studies

First Advisor

Bodensteiner, Leo R.,1957-


"The purpose of this ordinance is to create zoning text language that facilitates the installment and construction of wind energy systems (WES) within Whatcom County for private landowners, taking into account interests expressed by residents. This action is needed, because current height limitations of underlying zoning districts unduly restrict the installment of these systems. This action responds to the goals and objectives outlined in the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan and Washington State Growth Management Act. The action helps move the project area towards desired conditions described in that plan by placing a high priority on healthy air quality and environmental protection of the community. It also helps support the plan's goal to promote renewable energy systems, such as SWES, within Whatcom County and the greater Puget Sound area. Whatcom County has had numerous inquiries and building permit applications for SWES's which are currently permitted as an accessory use within the zoning code, but the height limitations of the underlying zoning districts are not practical for a windmill."




Wind power--Law and legislation--Washington (State)--Whatcom County, Wind power plants--Environmental aspects--Washington (State)--Whatcom County, Environmental impact analysis--Washington (State)--Whatcom County


Western Washington University

OCLC Number


Subject – LCSH

Wind power--Law and legislation--Washington (State)--Whatcom County; Wind power plants--Environmental aspects--Washington (State)--Whatcom County; Environmental impact analysis--Washington (State)--Whatcom County

Geographic Coverage

Whatcom County (Wash.)




environmental impact statements




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