Welcome to the Community and Environmental Services (CES) Department webpage. The mission of the CES department is to provide for the coordination and delivery of the most efficient and effective community development, land use and architectural control services to the community as is possible within the limits of available staffing, funding and resources. The CES staff is generally responsible for:
- Providing support to property owners regarding interpretation of Architectural Control Committee (ACC) Guidelines and other governing documents of the association. Processing applications for control items like tree trimming or removal, fence installation, exterior alterations like new paint colors, landscape and driveway modifications, roofing, and re-siding. Generating written correspondence relating to homeowner projects, concerns, compliance issues, new home construction applications and responding to member questions or complaints.
- Providing support for twice monthly ACC meetings, including agenda creation and taking meeting minutes, coordination of member applications and providing transportation and guidance for the ACC tree subcommittee.
- Performing plan review, issuing permits, site inspections and monitoring new construction projects.
- Issuing revocable encroachment permits to all utility companies performing work in right-of-way areas, providing support for these companies to resolve issues relating to ingress and egress, utility easements, large scale utility upgrades and site restoration control.
- Supporting all other association departments regarding common area property issues relating to risk management of hazardous trees, evaluation of facilities and infrastructure, general office duties, providing technical support to board of directors as needed and other duties as assigned by the General Manager.
- Collaborating with the City of Bellingham, Whatcom County and other local and regional governmental agencies to address water quality issues in Lake Whatcom through participation in the Lake Whatcom Watershed Management Program. Providing education and outreach to community members relating to invasive species, Firewise program, forest ecology, habitat stewardship and water quality issues.
- Preparing environmental permit applications in support of the association’s maintenance and capital projects and to ensure the association is compliant with relevant local, state and federal environmental regulations.
The CES Department currently consists of 2 staff members:
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(360) 734-6430 ext.301
(360) 734-6430 ext.302
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Staff is available from 8:00am-4:30pm Monday through Friday. Please do not hesitate to contact them with questions.
The links below contain information on the CES Department's various program areas. If you are unable to find the information you are searching for or need additional information please contact CES staff.