Barkley Heights

A decision on this project was made by the Hearing Examiner on May 7, 2021 after holding the public hearing on April 14, 2021. The Notice of Decision was issued on May 10, 2021.

Project Description

The city has received applications for a new residential subdivision on an approximately 11-acre site located generally west of Chandler Parkway, between Bristol Way and the northern terminus of Sussex Drive. The submitted proposal consists of 23 single family lots and 40 infill housing townhomes. All units are proposed to be on separate lots created through the preliminary plat process. A density bonus is requested to increase the number of residential units from 50 to 63.

The development would be served by the extension of Sussex Drive from its current terminus through the site to Bristol Way. Direct vehicular access from Chandler Parkway is not proposed. Variance(s) from land division regulations are requested. The dedication of land for public trail easements are proposed. Stormwater management is proposed along the western boundary of the site in detention vaults.

The proposed infill housing units required design review approval pursuant to BMC Chapters 20.25 and 20.28. Modifications from some of the design standards have been requested.

Impacts to critical areas are proposed with mitigation occurring onsite.

Land use applications for the Barkley Heights proposal include land division, critical areas, design review, infill housing and variance(s)/departure(s). If you would like to submit comment on this project, please use the city of Bellingham comment form and select Barkley Heights as the topic.

Application Materials

The proposal requires both Type II and Type III review processes. The applications reviewed through the Type II process, critical areas, infill housing and design review decision, are administrative decisions and anticipated to be issued by city staff prior to the required hearing for the cluster preliminary plat. The City of Bellingham Hearing Examiner will hold a public hearing on the applications requiring a Type III process, cluster preliminary plat and variance, at a date to be determined. The land use applications submitted for the proposal include:

Consolidated Permit

Application Review Timeline and Notices

January 3, 2020: Land use applications for the proposal were submitted by the applicant.

March 16, 2020: The City issued a Notice of Incomplete Application (NOIA).

July 13, 2020: The applicant submitted a response to the March 16, 2020 NOIA.

July 27, 2020: The city issued a NOIA.

November 11, 2020: The applicant submitted a response to the July 27 NOIA.

December 4, 2020: The city issued a NOIA via email.

January 4, 2021: The applicant submitted a response to the December 4 NOIA. The city has accepted this submitted and determined it to constitute the land use applications for the proposal. 

January 15, 2021: The city issued a Notice of Application and a Notice of Complete Application.

March 26, 2021: The city issued a Determination of Non-Significance, as well as a Notice of Public Hearing to be held on April 14, 2021 at 6:00pm before the Hearing Examiner.

April 8, 2021: The city issued the Consolidated Permit Notice of Decision (decision and all exhibits attached above).

April 14, 2021: Public Hearing before the Hearing Examiner

Public Comment Received



Planning & Community Development
Kathy Bell – 360-778-8347 or

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