New library needs plan tweaks

By Meg Olson

The Point Roberts Community Advisory Committee (PRCAC) has determined the proposed new library does not comply with the character plan, but it’s close.

The committee made the decision following a presentation by the project architect David King at the January 12 PRCAC meeting.

“Final vote was that the project does not comply, as presented, with every objective of the Point Roberts Character Plan. However, the steps required to bring the project into compliance may be minimal.  The architect will continue to work with his client Friends of the Point Roberts Library, Whatcom County Planning and Development Services and the community to achieve a satisfactory result,” according to draft minutes from the meeting.

The committee also heard a presentation from Steve O’Neill previewing the design for Blackfish Resort at the site of the old cannery on Marine Drive, and PRCAC acknowledged his commitment to comply with the character plan.

At their next regular meeting on February 9, the primary agenda item is a continuing review of a proposed revised character plan, which the committee began in a January 6 work session.

“We’ll roll up our sleeves on the text edit,” said committee chair Joel Lantz.

Public discussion of proposed more substantive changes to the plan, such as its applicability to single family homes in resort commercial and small town commercial zones, will occur once the text edit and possibly the county’s technical review are complete.

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