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Project Summary

Pro-Whatcom, a local organization of concerned and determined individuals in Whatcom County, Washington State, USA, is now prepared and organized to engage, and affect, the local growth debate. Our group is pro-community and pro-prosperity. Our goal is to preserve our unique and wondrous quality of life.

Pro-Whatcom was formed to educate Whatcom County residents about the costs and consequences of continued growth and to change state and local public policies that promote growth. Even with the current state of the economy and the rapid loss of affordable housing, the County continues to experience unprecedented growth. It has become increasingly clear that our growth issues are a high priority – and the time to act is now.

Pro-Whatcom has a new and comprehensive approach. We will work to reverse state and local pro-growth policies and devote special attention to the high level of growth subsidies in our County. For years we have been taught as a society that growth is good (and some kinds of growth are good – economic, emotional, spiritual, professional). But Whatcom County is losing its quality of life and open spaces, and Pro-Whatcom is trying to do something about it.

Pro-Whatcom's Mission

To enhance Whatcom County's quality of life by encouraging community well-being, economic prosperity and environmental health, while recognizing and addressing the challenges posed by population increase and imprudent resource use.


Pro-Whatcom's Objectives

  1. Achieve the following stated goals in our existing Comprehensive Plans:

    a. Preserve the rural character and agricultural health in Whatcom County.
    b. Preserve the vitality and character of our urban neighborhoods.
    c. Preserve the prevalent individual town and community character in our County.

  2. Establish quality of life standards and ensure that growth promotes these standards.
  3. Work to ensure that those who benefit from development pay the full costs of that development.
  4. Expand the growth debate from how and where we should grow to whether we should grow.
  5. Re-evaluate pro-growth policies that do not enhance our quality of life.
  6. Work to give communities the ability to say 'no' to growth.
  7. Reach a sustainable County population consistent with the assessed desires of the community.


Project Director, Rick Dubrow

A W.I.S.H. North America


A World Institute for a Sustainable Humanity