Barbara Brenner

Whatcom County Council, District 3, Position B


1. Do you believe the business community should have an equal seat at the table with other interest groups (communities, environmental groups, etc) in discussing the future growth of Whatcom County? Please explain.

Of course. Economic development is a primary leg of a thriving community along with environmental and social protections.


2. Are you supportive of the current Port/City of Bellingham vision for redeveloping the New Whatcom Site, and should the County participate in those plans? Why or why not?

I have supported county participation. I am undecided as to whether I support the exact current vision.


3. When it comes to land use planning, should the County work more closely with the other municipalities in Whatcom County to ensure a more cohesive plan?

Absolutely. We cannot and should not work in a vacuum. We represent all residents inside and outside cities.


4. Do you support efforts to protect land currently designated for medium and heavy industrial purposes in the County for that purpose? Please explain.

Yes. Industry produces a large part of our revenue stream and usually creates less impact on county services.


5. Do you support efforts to find additional forms of identification to ensure Washingtonians and the citizens of British Columbia can easily cross our shared border? Why or why not?

Yes. Tourism is an important source of revenue for Whatcom County. The harder it is to cross borders the less tourists will come.


6. What, in your opinion, is the primary cause of the decrease in the actual number of Whatcom County residents between the ages of 30 to 39 (primary working age) since 1996?

We have been discovered as a wonderful place with high quality of life. But jobs and income haven’t kept up. So more financially well-off retirees come here while younger residents leave for jobs.


7. Are you supportive of efforts to promote infill development in existing municipal areas? If so, how would you propose to do this?

Yes. It must be done with respect for input from neighborhood residents.


8. What do you believe is the primary pollution issue for Lake Whatcom, and what do you propose to do in partnership with the City of Bellingham to address it?

Development. I have suggested options such as retrofits and putting aeriators in basin one to oxygenate the water but no one seems very interested. I also support some land purchases and workable transfer of development rights.


9. Should all businesses in Whatcom County be treated equally by the County, regardless of whether they are locally owned or not? Please explain.

Its the law and I support it. I support local businesses by shopping at many local businesses. I encourage others to do so. I also shop at places like Costco which employs local residents with decent salaries and good benefits.


10. If elected, what do you propose to do to interact on a regular basis with the Whatcom County business community?

Exactly what I currently do. I am always available for phone calls, meetings, and other ways to receive important information from the Whtatcom County business community.

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