Bob Ryan

Bellingham Mayor

1. Do you believe the business community should have an equal seat at the table with other interest groups (neighborhoods, environmental community, etc) in discussing the future growth of Bellingham? Why or why not?

Yes, business’ need to participate in planning decisions. All segments of our community need to be included in our planning process.


2. Are you supportive of the current Port/City partnership and their vision for redeveloping the New Whatcom Site? Please explain.

Yes, we must take advantage of this rare opportunity. There are many issues that need to be resolved to make this development happen. The Port and the City need to create a development plan that ensures that the economics work for our community. The resulting development should enhance our city center and provide jobs, housing and recreational opportunities for our citizens.


3. When it comes to land use planning, should Bellingham work more closely with Whatcom County and other municipalities in the County? If so, how?

Planning decisions made by Whatcom County and Bellingham directly impact each other. Increased cooperation and coordination make development decisions easier for everyone to understand and will facilitate the entire process.


4.Do you support efforts to limit the height of future development in the Fairhaven Business District to two stories? Why or why not?

Current regulations allow higher buildings in specific areas, it is important that everyone understands what the rules are in order to ensure that views are protected.


5. Do you support the Shoreline Master Plan currently being proposed by City Staff? Please explain.

The Shoreline Master Plan is a DRAFT document at this point. After public comment has been reviewed staff will present the revised document to Council for consideration.


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?

Alien abductions. Or possibly the lack of living wage jobs and affordable housing.


7. Are you supportive of efforts to promote infill development in the City of Bellingham? If so, what measures would you propose to accomplish this?

Yes. High density development in our Urban Growth Area, along with Urban Villages within the City is how we plan to accommodate growth.


8. What do you believe is the primary pollution issue in Lake Whatcom, and how do you propose to address it?

Storm water runoff is the primary problem. We must develop a system to prevent it from entering the lake.


9. Should all businesses in Bellingham be treated equally by the City, regardless of whether or not they are locally owned? Why or why not?

Absolutely, why not?


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

I will continue to work with the Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Council and Small Business Development Council as I have for the last 12 years.

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