Bellingham Comprehensive Plan

Since 1980, the guide for Bellingham’s growth and development has been the Comprehensive Plan. This 20-year plan includes goals and policies that help city leaders make decisions that support the community’s vision of a more sustainable, equitable, and healthier community. The plan goes through a major periodic update every 8-10 years, with the next due in 2025. Work on this update is underway. More information can be found on the project webpage.

Amendments to the plan are allowed only once a year through the establishment of an annual docket.

2016 Comprehensive Plan (Ordinance No 2016-11-037)

On November 14, 2016, the Bellingham City Council adopted the 2016 Bellingham Comprehensive Plan via Ordinance 2016-11-037. The updated plan meets the Growth Management Act (GMA) requirement for cities and counties to update their plans at least every eight years.

2016 Bellingham Comprehensive Plan (Full Version – 29,531k PDF) 



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