Annual Docket

​The Growth Management Act limits amendments to the comprehensive plan, which includes neighborhood plans, to once a year. The process to amend the plan includes two steps: 1) Establishment of the list of amendments (the “docket”) through a Type VI legislative review process and 2) Once on the annual review docket, the amendments (and rezones, if applicable) go through a second Type VI process. Requests to amend the comprehensive plan must be submitted to the Planning Department by April 1st of each year so that they can be considered for inclusion on the annual docket.

2020 Annual Docket – EXCEPTION

Due to the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) the April 1, 2020 deadline for submitting docket proposals for the 2020-2021 comprehensive plan amendment review process has been extended to September 30, 2020.  

Comprehensive/Neighborhood Plan Amendment and Rezone Request Application Forms

Proposals for Docket

ProposalDescriptionPC RecommendCC Recommend
Fairhaven Area 1 Rezone (REZ2020-0002)Rezone City owned property and adjacent right-of-ways from Industrial 2 to Commercial CorePublic Hearing November 19, 2020
Neighborhood Parks Rezone (REZ2020-0003)Rezone 6 neighborhood parks from Residential to a Public zoning designationPublic Hearing on November 19, 2020
Bellingham School District Capital Facilities Plan (REZ2020-0005)Amend the Capital Facilities Chapter of the Comp Plan to include the BSD 2021-2027 Capital Facilities Plan by referencePublic Hearing on November 19, 2020
Mobile / Manufactured Home Park Designation (REZ2020-0006)Amendment to potentially add comprehensive plan designation and zoningPublic Hearing on November 19, 2020
2020 Surface and Stormwater Comp Plan (REZ2020-0007)Amend the Capital Facilities Chapter of the Comp Plan to include the 2020 Stormwater Comprehensive Plan by referencePublic Hearing on November 19, 2020

Active Docketed Proposals

ProposalDescriptionPC RecommendCC Recommend
​Food Access Policies (REZ2019-0001)Amend Comprehensive Plan to add policies related to food access.​​Recommended ApprovalPublic Hearing on November 9, 2020
Parks and Recreation & Open Space (PRO) Plan (REZ2019-0002)Update the PRO Plan.​Recommended Approval
​York Neighborhood Plan – Area 1 (REZ2019-0004)​Amend the sub-area language for Area 1 of the York Neighborhood Plan. Recommended ApprovalPublic Hearing on November 9, 2020
Samish Way Urban Village Plan (REZ2018-0003)Update the plan and development regulations.​Recommended Approval​Public Hearing held on May 6, 2019​
Waterfront District Master Plan (REZ2018-0002)Update the plan, development regulations and design standards. ​Recommended Approval​​Public Hearing held on October 7, 2019

Archived Docketed Proposals

ProposalYear DocketedStatusCity Council Decision
​Birchwood Neighborhood Plan – Area 1 (REZ2019-0003)2019WITHDRAWN BY APPLICANT
Samish Neighborhood ​Plan and Zoning Table – Area 4 (REZ2018-0004)2018 ​EXPIRED – Deadline not met by applicant
Mobile Homes _Manufactured Home Parks (REZ2018-0005)  ​2018CompleteApprove​​​ 
Comprehensive Plan Update​​2016​​Complete​Approve​​​
Barkley Neighborhood​​2016​CompleteApprove
Cordata Neighborhood​ – Area 20​2016​CompleteApprove
Cordata Neighborhood – Area 9​2016​CompleteApprove
Samish Neighborhood – Ashley Way2014​​Complete​Approve
Samish Neighborhood – Area 9​​2014Complete​Approve
​​Samish Neighborhood – Area 4​2014​Complete​Approve ​
Cordata Neighborhood2013​Complete​Approve
 Cornwall Park Neighborhood2013​Complete​Approve
Happy Valley Neighborhood​2013​CompleteApprove
Meridian Neighborhood2013​Deadline not met – withdrawn​ ​
Park, Recreation and Open Space Chapter2013​Complete​Approve
Samish Neighborhood2013​Complete​Approve
South Neighborhood2013​Complete​Approve
Cornwall Park Neighborhood​2012Complete​Deny
Edgemoor Neighborhood 2012​Complete​Deny
King Mountain Neighborhood (Area 14A)2012​Complete​Approve
South Neighborhood2012CompleteDeny
Sunnyland Neighborhood– City of Bellingham2012CompleteDeny
Sunnyland Neighborhood – Neighborhood Association2012CompleteApprove
Sunnyland Neighborhood– Owners2012CompleteDeny
Whatcom Falls Neighborhood2012CompleteApprove
​Economic Development Chapter (Comprehensive Plan)​2011Complete​Approve
Downtown Bellingham Plan​2011Complete​Approve
Samish Neighborhood​2011Complete​Deny
Happy Valley Neighborhood​2011​CompleteDeny
King Mountain Neighborhood (Area 13) ​2010​CompleteDen​y
Fairhaven Neighborhood and Urban Village Plan​2008​CompleteApprove
Sehome Neighborhood Association​2008​CompleteApprove
Bakerview/James Urban Village Master Plan​​Pending Staff Resources​​ ​


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