Samish Way

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 Outdated and conflicting information also requires an update for consistency with other city-wide codes and current neighborhood conditions.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.

Subarea Plan


The following links will be updated to reflect the final development regulations​ adopted by City Council on December 16, 2019.



Planning & Community Development