Housing plan behind Pioneer Market needs more details


September 29, 2021

ANOTHER LOT BITES THE DUST – Greg Ellis has plans for six homes on this property at the corner of Whatcom and Washington streets. The town’s planning commission were not ready to say go ahead Sept. 21. Ellis has homework and another meeting to attend with them in October. – Photo by Ken Stern

Greg Ellis is going back to the drawing board.

The La Conner Planning Commission has asked him to do so.

The five-member advisory panel, in a unanimous vote last Tuesday, Sept. 21, required the veteran home designer and builder to return Oct. 19 with more detailed plans of the housing development he intends siting off Whatcom and Washington streets behind Pioneer Market.

Ellis, owner of Holistic Development & Consulting, appeared before the commission via Zoom during a one-hour historic design review public hearing.

He was seeking approval of what Ellis termed “a beach cottage-feel project” fe...

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