City Talk

Because Birch Bay is an urban area for growth, it needs our attention. It should not be an area where developers who want to build projects and real estate people who want to sell them push a government that is always looking for more tax dollars to accept developer’s projects. Too often the taxes from developers’ projects do not offset the impacts the development has on our neighbors.
The tool for managing development at Birch Bay is the city of Birch Bay.

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You have it, use it: Home rule in Washington

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Birch Bay’s Urban Growth Area

Blaine’s Urban Growth Area
Urban Groth Areas in Washington State

Whatcom County Assessor’s Book 2022

How Birch Bay Works ( Government +)
How Birch Bay Works (Taxes +)

Inconsiderate Golf Carts — Nextdoor
Infrastructure under stress; — Nextdoor
Traffic Accident – Nextdoor
Youtube Horizons at Semiahmoo
Birch Bay is below its planned residential density, buildable lands report shows
Dealing with the problem of crime

List of Cities in Washington

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Bainbridge Island become a city in 1990
Mill Creek became a city in 1983
Mercer Island became a city in 1960

Cover of New City Guide - How to Start a City in Washington

New City Guide – How to Start a City in Washington

Designed to assist newly incorporating cities with the process of establishing a functioning and viable municipal government. Revised March 2013.

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Revenue Guide for Washington Cities and Towns

Detailed and up-to-date information on most of the revenue sources available to cities and towns, including property taxes, sales taxes, B&O taxes, lodging taxes, REET, and much more. Revised March 2022.

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Closest Governments to the People

This publication, written by Steve Lundin and edited by the Washington State University Division of Governmental Studies and Services, is a comprehensive general reference and resource guide to the complex and varied systems of local governments in Washington State. Topics covered include the historical development of local governments, home rule, local government finance, and the local judiciary. Revised 2015.

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