Chris Hatch

Whatcom County Council, District 1, 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.

Everyone should have a seat at the table in discussing the future of Whatcom County.


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?

The New Whatcom site presents a unique opportunity for our community, and all citizens of Whatcom County should be involved in its vision, and benefit from what materializes from the project.


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?

Yes, we must all work more closely with one another over land use planning and be far more engaging with our fellow citizens, together ensuring a cohesive plan steming from a collaberative process.


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

This is a demand and supply driven question.


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?

Additional forms of identification for cross-border activity may be appropriate.


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?

Employment, education and marital opportunites elsewhere.


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

Decision-makers should consider infilling where appropriate; however, not in a manner inconsistent with established neighborhoods. By engaging citizens, we could better identify where certain opportunities for infilling could be appropriate and places where it is not.


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?

The partnership parties in my opinion need to work together more collaberatively and stridently to address Lake Whatcom, so that our children can enjoy a healthy lake.


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

I support consumer choice.


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

If elected, I intend to be even more engaged with my fellow citizens on a variety of issues important to them. I am an approachable person already and do reach out to others. I would make it one of my largest priorities to remain engaged with my fellow citizens because I care about them, and because I would have a responsibility to them to do so.

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