Bellingham Comprehensive Plan

Since 1980, the guide for Bellingham’s growth and development has been the Comprehensive Plan. The plan is a broad statement of the community’s 20-year vision for the future and includes goals and policies to achieve the vision. It guides decision-making and directs implementation actions that support the vision. The plan also demonstrates how the various elements, such as land use, housing,┬ámultimodal transportation, economic development, the natural environment and parks, work together to achieve the vision. The next plan update is due in 2025.

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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