In November, 2009, the Bellingham City Council approved the Samish Way Urban Village Subarea Plan. The proposed urban village is located west of I-5 and north of Bill McDonald Parkway, in the Sehome and York Neighborhoods.
Update to Subarea Plan and Development Regulations
This update was triggered by changes in the proposed transportation network identified in the city-wide pedestrian master plan (2012), bicycle master plan (2014), and a study of alternatives for the Samish Way arterial. Several other code changes were recommended in the 2018 Urban Village Status Report. Outdated and conflicting information also requires an update for consistency with other city-wide codes and current neighborhood conditions. The changes were adopted by City Council on December 16, 2019 and are shown in the attached ordinance here.
The following links will be updated to reflect the final development regulations adopted by City Council on December 16, 2019.
- Samish Way Development Regulations (PDF 467K)
- BMC 20.25 – Design Review
- BMC 20.28 – Infill Housing
- Samish Way has been designated as a federal Opportunity Zone, which provides tax incentives for investors. To learn more, visit Bellingham’s Opportunity Zones webpage.
- Aloha Motel Redevelopment
- Samish Corridor – Proposed Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Improvements