How a 21st Century Bellingham Waterfront Could Work


September 28th, 2016

While all eyes are focused on the old Georgia Pacific site, balancing the competing needs of our entire waterfront is complex.  We must work within the statewide regulatory framework that emphasizes public access as well as private uses. Preserving the heritage of our working waterfront, while also expanding our successful maritime industries is important.  Our speakers address the visions, competing needs and opportunities for our 21st century waterfront.

Jim Kyle and Deb Granger co-founded the Working Waterfront Coalition of Whatcom County in 2014.  He is a “mostly retired” commercial fisherman and charter company owner and Ms. Granger is the former manager of a twelve state aquaculture consortium.  The coalition has over 100 maritime industry members whose focus is on the heritage of the working waterfront and fostering a healthy shoreline with sustainable practices.

Rick Sepler, Bellingham’s Planning and Community Development Director since 2014 has extensive experience in both the private and public sector and is an Affiliate Faculty member at the University of Washington’s Department of Urban Design and Planning. He will provide a broad look at the potentials of the Bellingham Bay waterfront.