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Explore your waterfront this summer

Bellingham's Waterfront District

Proposed plans for the Waterfront District reached another milestone June 6 when the Bellingham Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval to the Bellingham City Council.

The City Council will begin review of the plans this summer, with opportunities for the public to learn more and ask questions scheduled in July and August, including:

Waterfront Plan Information Fair – July 17

City and Port staff will host an open house style Waterfront Information Fair, 12 noon to 1:30 and 5:30 to 7 p.m. July 17 in the lobby of Bellingham City Hall. For more information, contact the Mayor’s Office at 778-8100 or

Waterfront Twilight Walking Tours -- July 25 & Aug 1

On Thursday July 25 and Thursday, Aug. 1, there will be public walking tours of the Downtown Waterfront redevelopment area. The entire Waterfront District is 220 acres and these tours will focus on the Downtown Area and portions of the Log Pond Area. This tour includes the area now being offered to private developers. Each evening, there will be three one-hour tours, departing at 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Closed-toed shoes, suitable for walking over gravel and some rubble, are required. No reservation needed. All tours will begin alongside the Granary Building with parking available alongside the building. More details on Port of Bellingham website.

Mayor's ASB Lagoon Lunchtime Walks -- July 19 & 26

Join Mayor Kelli Linville and others for a lunchtime walk around the former Georgia Pacific Treatment Lagoon. We’ll be turning this path -- with its stunning views of Bellingham Bay -- into an early public access trail in the coming months. Advance sign-up is required. Update: All available slots have been filled as of Jul 18th.

San Juan Cruises Bellingham's Future Waterfront Tours -- June 20, July 18 & Aug. 22

See Bellingham's waterfront take shape from the sea on cruises offered by San Juan Cruises. Enjoy an evening on the bay and discover how Bellingham's past has opened the door for its future. View the current status of the city from the water while representatives from the Port and the City offer details of the planned redevelopment and the vision of what our waterfront could look like in the future. Reservations and ticket purchase required. More details on Port of Bellingham website.

Planning Commission completes review, recommends approval to City Council

The Bellingham Planning and Development Commission on June 6 completed its review of draft regulatory documents and plans for the Waterfront District. The Commission voted 7-0 to accept the proposal as amended through their discussions and to forward a recommendation of approval to the City Council.

The Planning Commission worked through the Waterfront District proposal at ten meetings during the past three months. For more information about the Planning Commission’s review, including proposed changes to documents, visit the City website or contact the City of Bellingham, Planning and Community Development Department at 778-8300.

More information:

Waterfront District Planning 
Port of Bellingham Waterfront Redevelopment

Published:  June 13, 2013

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