The 1st recommendation for beach reconstruction along Birch Bay Drive was in September 1975 by renowned coastal hydrogeologic engineer, Wolf Bauer. Mr. Bauer provided a shoreline analysis with preliminary design elements for the Whatcom County Planning Commission. Whatcom County constructed a portion of the project in 1986. The continuation of the project has been an ongoing request of the community. The request was formalized in the 2004 Birch Bay Subarea Plan, adopted by the Whatcom County Council as a part of the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan. The Subarea plan includes the Birch Bay Drive and Pedestrian Project as one of the top projects for the Subarea. It is described as the Beachfront Promenade:
"Working with the appropriate County and State agencies, retain a civil engineer for the final design of a promenade and a berm along Birch Bay Drive. Seek State and Federal funding for construction of the berm. Construct the berm and promenade along Birch Bay Drive."