Transfer of Development Rights / Purchase of Development Rights Work Group


The Whatcom County Council adopted the Comprehensive Plan update in August 2016 (Ordinance 2016-034). Comprehensive Plan Policy 2A-14 included convening a multi-stakeholder workgroup tasked with reviewing a number of issues relating to transfer of development rights (TDRs) and purchase of development rights (PDRs). Therefore, the Whatcom County Executive appointed the TDR/PDR Work Group to address these issues in February 2017.  The Work Group met 15 times in 2017-18 and issued its Final Report on October 3, 2018. 



Chris Behee - City of Bellingham

​​​Michael Jones - City of Blaine

​​​Rollin Harper - Cities of Everson, Nooksack, and Sumas​​

​Jori Burnett - City of Ferndale

​​​Dave Timmer - City of Lynden​​

​Bill Henshaw - Building Industry

​​​Betty Sanchez - Realtors

​Myrle Foster - Rural Property Owner

​Ralph Black - TDR User

​Phil Thompson - Economist

​Steve Powers - Affordable Housing

Rod Erickson - Agriculture

​Karlee Deatherage - Environmental

​Rud Browne - County Council​