As part of the public input process for the city’s
2016 Comprehensive Plan update, the city asked the community
where an additional 36,000 people should live and work over the next 20
years in an online survey from 9/15 – 10/20. The
survey received 1202 total responses from all over
“Seeking input from our residents is essential to developing workable
long-term strategies that accommodate growth while protecting the values our
community members care about most”, said Mayor Kelli Linville.
The survey clearly shows respondents value Bellingham’s vast
recreational opportunities, sense of place, beautiful natural environment,
and quality of life. Respondents also indicated the need for
improvement in the areas of planning/land uses, transportation, and
Regarding growth and development, 75% of respondents agreed with the
statement: “Encourage more infill development”, while 52% disagreed with the
statement: “Expand the boundaries of the Urban Growth Area to include more
land that is suitable for future development”. These results indicate a
preference among respondents for walkable, mixed use neighborhoods within
the existing city limits.
Complete survey results are available by on the
City’s website. These results will help shape the growth
alternatives and new goals and policies for the updated plan.