Save the Trail - Protect Public Property Rights

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Save the Trail - Protect Public Property Rights

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Tip Johnson started this petition to City of Bellingham

*UPDATE 7/31/21*
A new petition has been uploaded at https://nwcitizen.com/images/fileuploads/REFERENDUM_PETITION.pdf
It is designed to be printed both sides and includes a bunch of required stuff.  Alternatively, you can print the two pages and staple them together.  The second page includes a required warning, and the full text of the ordinance in question, as required.
NOTE: The City Attorney is already suggesting that the ordinance can't be stopped even though the City Charter is clear that any ordinance may be referred to a vote of the people.  There is more information at the link below.
NOTE: Only the printed petition, signed by registered city voters will be counted.  NOTE: The Change.org petition is advisory only and anyone can sign.
* END UPDATE* 

The City Council sold our public property rights to a 26 year old public trail in order to add density to an adjoining apartment development. The trail was built by citizens in 1994 under a city sanctioned neighborhood program called “Make a Difference Day.” More information: https://nwcitizen.com/entry/our-public-property-rights-for-sale-cheap

Citizens reserve the right, under Article 10.08 of the Bellingham City Charter, to refer any ordinance council approves to a vote of the people for ratification or rejection. Filing of such a petition abates the force and effect of the ordinance pending results of the vote. This is citizens last resort and requires the signatures of 3,000 qualified voters. It is a necessary first step toward the long-needed reform of city policies to retain public right-of-ways for open space, trails, and habitat in the face of intensive development. Now therefore;

We, the undersigned citizens of Bellingham, hereby petition the City, under rights reserved in Article 10.08 of the Bellingham City Charter, to refer the ordinance (Agenda Bill #22834) approving the vacation of the Douglas Avenue Right-of-way between 21st Street and the abutting alley to the west (VAC2020-0001) to a vote of the people in order to preserve our public property rights on the existing public trail.

Anyone can sign to show support. This is an advisory only petition. Please also follow the link above to print and return a paper petition because online submissions will not be counted in the legal procedure of a referendum.

 

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