Comprehensive Plan Update Survey

The Comprehensive Plan Update Survey received 1202 total responses from neighborhoods throughout Bellingham. These results will help shape the growth alternatives and goals and polices in the updated Comprehensive Plan.

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 crime / vagrancy.  

  • “Tell us one of your favorite things about Bellingham”
    Click on image below for answers to this survey question.


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.


Planning & Community Development