On Tuesday, January 11, 2011, in a day-time (apparently mostly) open meeting, the Whatcom County Council’s Committee of the Whole will discuss and maybe adopt a list of actions that Sam Crawford (as 2010 WCC chair) suggested as priorities for the County Council in 2011. Item #3 is to explore a taxing district to raise funds for a new Lummi Island Ferry.
We need to keep an eye on this.
Also relevant: The Council must complete its revision of the full County Comprehensive Land Use Plan this year (Crawford’s item 8), of which the Lummi Island Subarea Plan is just one element. The County Comprehensive Land Use plan, by state law, is required to include a coordinated transportation plan related to anticipated population growth. The new comp plan is where (our representatives on) the County Council set transportation service goals and infrastructure for Lummi Island and elsewhere in the County, for the next 20 years.
What the County does in the updated Comprehensive Land Use Plan about transportation will be important to all efforts to project or account for/balance our ferry expenses, operations, incomes etc in the years ahead. This sure sounds a lot like what the ferry task force has been charged with analyzing and making recommendations for. Land use, transportation infrastructure, fares, new ferries, etc . . . it’s all interconnected.