Hearing Examiner


The Hearing Examiner provides impartial administration of quasi-judicial land decisions as determined by the Blaine Municipal Code (BMC 2.58).   The duties of the Hearing Examiner are to:

  • Hold public hearings and review all Planned Unit Developments and Long Plats and make recommendations to the City Council.
  • Serve as the final decision-making authority over Shoreline Substantial Development Permit applications, Land Use Variances, and Conditional Use Permits
  • See Blaine Municipal Code: Chapter 2.58 for Hearing Examiner regulations

More information is available in the Hearing Examiner Guide (PDF)

Hearing Examiner

Rajeev Majumdar, Whatcom Law Group

Phil Olbrechts, Olbrechts & Associates PLLC (Pro Tem) 


  • Ad hoc, as scheduled to meet public hearing requirements. Sign up for announcements at the Notify Me website. 

Hearing Examiner Rules of Procedure

The hearing examiner has established rules and regulations for the conduct of hearings, subject to approval by the city council.

Hearing Examiner Rules of Procedure (PDF)

For More Information

Please contact Alex Wenger at 360-332-8311 ext. 3330 or by email.