Motorized Trail Systems In the Commercial Forestry Zone

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has submitted an application to amend the Commercial Forestry zoning district text and Zoning Code definitions (File # PLN2018-00004).  This application includes amending the Commercial Forestry zoning district by adding “motorized trail systems and associated motorized trailheads” as a conditional use. Additionally, definitions of “motorized trail system” and “off-road vehicle park” would be added to the Zoning Code.​

​The Whatcom County Council will decide whether or not to initiate (docket) this suggested amendment for further review. This County Council decision will likely be made in February or March. If the Council decides to initiate the suggested amendment, it would be reviewed under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), be scheduled for hearing before the Planning Commission, and go back to the County Council for a final decision.

The first step in the process is a County Council decision whether or not to initiate DNR’s suggested amendment for further review. You can check Council meeting agendas (normally posted the Wednesday afternoon prior to the Council meeting) by clicking here.