New district boundaries for Whatcom County Council and Port of Bellingham commission seats will be explained at a public forum scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 1 in the meeting room at Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave.
The changes include a complex shuffling of Bellingham precincts and the shift of western Lynden (the west of Guide Meridian portion annexed into the city since the 2000 census) from County Council District 3 to County Council District 2.
The Bellingham shifts are complex. Here’s a map to help you figure out who your port commissioner and county council representative will be after the shift.
Here’s a map for Lynden as well.
As of this morning–Thursday, Sept. 29–details on the changes were not yet available. I’m expecting to get a peek at the districting committee’s work before the end of the day.
Four members of the districting committee–Hue Beattie, Charlie Crabtree, Kelli Linville and Robert Thorndike–were appointed in January 2011 by the County Council. That was a couple of months before Linville announced her mayoral candidacy.
Those four members then named former Whatcom County Superior Court judge David Nichols as their chairman and fifth member.
Western Washington University mathematics professor Tjalling Ypma was appointed districting master to work with the committee on the numbers.
The Districting Committee used 2010 census data to redraw the boundaries.