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William Hager

Senior Planner

Mr. Hager has extensive experience in municipal land use planning, land use regulations, shoreline master programs, State Environmental Policy Acts, and policy development, as well as in the planning, permitting, construction, leasing, and management of major building projects. Mr. Hager started his career with the City of Bellingham in its current planning section, working with…

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Who is William Hager?

Mr. Hager has extensive experience in municipal land use planning, land use regulations, shoreline master programs, State Environmental Policy Acts, and policy development, as well as in the planning, permitting, construction, leasing, and management of major building projects.

Mr. Hager started his career with the City of Bellingham in its current planning section, working with boards, commissions, and city councils in administration of the City’s urban growth area planning, subdivision, and conditional use applications, as well as administration of many rezone requests, including for the area’s first regional mall. He helped create the City comprehensive plan and policy documents and was responsible for the development of several of its neighborhood plans. He drafted many of Bellingham’s land use regulations and was the architect of Bellingham’s unique regulatory system, which is still in effect. During his tenure, Mr. Hager also established Whatcom County’s initial building department.

Mr. Hager was the first environmental director of the Port of Bellingham, where he oversaw environmental compliance of Port and tenant operations. He quickly became director of the Port’s planning department as well as its real estate department. With its 200+ portfolio of lease tenancies, he was responsible for marketing, sales, and negotiation of the Port’s diverse landside tenant base of industrial and commercial customers as well as the maintenance of Port-owned leasehold facilities. With this broad perspective of planning, development, and property management, Mr. Hager became project manager for many successful Port projects, including “Bellwether on the Bay,” and Squalicum Mall—a marina service facility and the Port’s intermodal transportation facility—where he successfully secured Washington State Department of Transportation and federal funds to enable the renovation of a historic structure. Mr. Hager was a member of the Port’s executive team and helped establish strategies for continued Port growth and financial stability.

Mr. Hager continues to utilize his broad planning and development experience at MFA in his capacity as senior planner, providing technical insight for several of MFA’s more complex land use planning and brownfield redevelopment projects.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Urban Planning, University of Washington