Fairhaven Highlands Project will have EIS

 The developers of Fairhaven Highlands will have an environmental impact statement done by an cosultant for the controversial project.Greenbriar Northwest Associates, a partnership of developer David Edelstein and Horizon Bank, wants to build a 739-unit residential development off Chuckanut Drive in the South neighborhood. The development would include a mix of houses, townhouses, duplexes and condominium buildings on 85 acres.

The forested land on the north end of the Chuckanut Mountains has been a point of contention for years. Environmental groups & neighbors want it preserved.

The city will select a consultant who would create the statement by compiling scientific studies, garnering feedback and responding to public comments.

“If it’s done in a very professional and neutral manner, we’re delighted,” said Joe Yaver, president of Responsible Development, one of the opposing groups. “We think an EIS will demonstrate how valuable this property is and how difficult it is to build a project here without impacting it adversely.”

Greenbriar is propsing some changes to its earlier proposal, larger buffers between houses and streets and wetlands, which they hope will please people who are genuinely concerned about environmental effects.

If you would like some more info see today’s Bellingham Herald

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