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The Downtown Plan completes Phase I - "How are we doing and where are we going?"

Colleen Burrows and Eliot Stockman

The Downtown Plan is a unique opportunity to establish policies, rules and actions that the community can take to make downtown work better for everyone.  The long-term community planning project includes four Phases spanning three years.

Phase I strove to answer the question, "How are we doing and where are we going?"  This beginning phase consisted of a community survey, a Bellingham Farmer's Market activity booth, social media outreach, and the creation of several fabulous videos highlighting what it is like to live, work and do business in downtown Bellingham.  Over 1,600 people completed the survey, nearly 80% of whom were Bellingham residents and nearly 70% homeowners.

Phase I culminated in the publication of a Community Engagement Report (PDF) and a staff presentation to the City Council on March 26, 2012.  A public presentation and discussion of the Phase I results will be held Wednesday, April 18th at the Blue Horse Gallery from 5 - 6 p.m.  The survey found that the top three public priorities are:

  1. Behavior and Safety Issues
  2. Cleanliness, Landscaping and Sidewalk Design
  3. Biking and Walking Downtown

Following the discussion on April 18th, Phase II will begin to focus on "How are we going to get there?"  This phase will invite Bellinghamsters to come together in a variety of ways to solve problems and share their big, bold ideas.  Send an email to to be added to the project email distribution list.

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Published: Apr 12, 2012

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