By Ralph Schwartz
The Bellingham Planning and Development Commission will start deliberating on Bellingham’s government television channel, BTV10, at its next meeting.
The Planning Commission doesn’t make any binding decisions; rather, it makes recommendations to the City Council. The commission works on the comprehensive plan — the city’s major long-range planning document — and on development projects. A key role they play is to hold public hearings on planning and development issues. The meetings are open to the public (although now you can enjoy them from the comfort of your own home).
Here’s a copy of an email informing the media of the Planning Commission’s move to BTV10, sent by city Planning Secretary Heather Aven:
I just wanted to remind you of the public hearings that will be held on February 14, 2013 regarding the new Economic Development Chapter to the BMC.
I would also like to make you aware of a change that is occurring as a result of request made by Planning Director, Jeff Thomas. Beginning on February 14, 2013 – all Planning Commission public hearings will be broadcast live on BTV10 and on our live stream located here.
These same meetings will be rebroadcast on Sundays at 4PM and Thursdays at 7PM until there is a new meeting or if after one month of playback on BTV10 without a new meeting the old meeting will no longer be played and other programming will run in its place.
These meetings will also be available for up to one year on the BTV10 on-demand website which is located here.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Materials for the Planning Commission meetings are available at least one week before the meeting date.
Heather Aven, Planning Secretary
City of Bellingham – Planning and Community Development