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Data Description

Planning Data contains data defining boundaries used for regulatory purposes by the City of Bellingham. Includes municipal boundaries, historic boundaries, political districts, and other boundaries used in relation to land use and development issues.  The data has been symbolized and color coded with mapping parameters conveniently pre-set.

Layer File Details*

Downtown Planning Districts & Overlays
Description: Layer is a grouped file comprised of several of the downtown regulatory planning districts, such as the Billboard Overlay Zone, City Center Design Review District, Old Town Overlay District, Multi-Family Tax Exempt District, Pedestrian Oriented Commercial Streets, Adult Entertainment Overlay District, Parking Enforcement Zones, and Reduced Parking Zones. Attributes for most layers include a Bellingham Municipal Code Chapter Reference (see individual metadata for more information).
Symbology: Varies
Labels: The “Label features” option is NOT selected for these layers.
Definition Query: None

Bellingham Annexations  (metadata)
Description: Annexations is a polygon feature class which contains the City of Bellingham's Annexation history since Incorporation as a city in 1903. Attributes include Name of Annexation, Year of Annexation, Ordinance Number, and size in acres of annexation.
Symbology: Polygons are symbolized by color based on the “Unique Value” of the Annexation Name.
Labels: Labels are displayed based on the ANNEXATION_CHRONONLOGY field and displays the chronological order of the annexation. The “Label features” is selected and has a scale range imposed which will label the polygons when you are zoomed in beyond 1:24,000.
Definition Query: None

City Limits & Urban Growth Area  (metadata)
Description: City Limits and Urban Growth Area is a polygon feature class which contains the City of Bellingham's City Limits and Urban Growth Areas. Attributes are limited to indicate only whether or not the area is "City" or "UGA."
Symbology: The two polygons are symbolized based on “Unique Value” of the Area Type (City or UGA).
Labels:  None
Definition Query: None

Cordata PUD  (metadata)
Description: Cordata PUD  is a polygon feature class which contains the areas within the City of Bellingham that are subject to conditions of the Cordata Planned Unit Development (PUD) as listed in Exhibit C to the Guide Meridian Zoning Code.
Symbology: The polygon is symbolized by a “single symbol”.
Labels: None
Definition Query: None

Donation Land Claims  (metadata)
Description: Donation Land Claims is a polygon featureclass which contains the City of Bellingham's thirteen Donation Land Claims. The Donation Land Claim Act of 1850 was intended to promote settlement in the Pacific Northwest. Attributes are limited to the name of the Donation Land Claim.
Symbology: Polygons are symbolized by a “single symbol” with the Donation Land Claims in a light grey and a 25% transparency so that other features are visible below them.
Labels: Labels are displayed based on the NAME of the Donation Land Claim in a bold grey color. The “Label features” option is NOT selected, so they are not displayed upon bringing them into your project.
Definition Query: None

Fairhaven Design Review District  (metadata)
Description: Fairhaven Design Review District  is a polygon feature class which depicts the areas within Fairhaven that are potentially subject to Design Review. Attributes include the three separate areas within the Fairhaven Design Review district, each with its own procedural and regulatory requirements (See BMC 20.26).
Symbology: Polygons are symbolized based on a “Unique Value” of the FAIRHAVEN_DESIGN_AREA field, which tells if the area is in the Approach, Core or Influence area.
Labels: The “Label Features” option is NOT selected for these layers.
Definition Query: None

Historic District  (metadata)
Description: Historic Districts is a polygon feature class which contains the City of Bellingham's National Register Historic Districts. The National Register is the official federal list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture. National Register properties have significance to the history of their community, state, or the nation. This is a NON-REGULATORY District. Attributes are limited to the name of the Historic District.
Symbology: Polygons are symbolized by a “single symbol” with the Historic Districts shown in a light orange.
Labels: Labels are displayed based on the HISTORIC_DISTRICT_NAME field. The “Label features” option is selected and will label the polygons upon bringing them into your project.
Definition Query: A definition query has been written to exclude the Multiple Property Documentation Boundary.

Historic Town Boundary  (metadata)
Description: Historic Towns is a polygon feature class which contains the City of Bellingham's four original towns that eventually consolidated to form the City of Bellingham in 1903. Attributes are limited to the name of the Town and date of settlement.
Symbology: Polygons are symbolized by a “single symbol” with the Historic Towns shown with a hollow fill and black outline.
Labels: Labels are displayed based on an expression that stacks the HISTORIC_TOWN_NAME field above the TOWN_YEAR (year of establishment). The “Label features” option is selected and will label the polygons upon bringing them into your project.
Definition Query: None

Neighborhood Names  (metadata)
Description: This data set contains annotation (text stored in map coordinates) for neighborhood names as permanent label features. Annotation is cartographically sized, placed and rotated.
Symbology: None
Labels: Because this is an annotation feature, there are no labels. The annotation itself is the label.
Definition Query: None

Neighborhoods  (metadata)
Description: Neighborhoods is a polygon feature class which contains the City of Bellingham's Neighborhood Boundaries. Attributes include Neighborhood Name, Neighborhood Code and a URL field linking to the City of Bellingham's Neighborhood web page.
Symbology: Polygons are symbolized by color based on the “Unique Value” of the Neighborhood Name. Polygons have a 25% transparency so that other features are visible below them.
Labels: The “Label Features” option is NOT selected for these layers.
Definition Query: None

UGA Zoning Labels  (metadata)
Description: This data set contains annotation (text stored in map coordinates) for Urban Growth Area Zoning as permanent label features. Annotation is cartographically sized, placed and rotated.
Symbology: None
Labels: Because this is an annotation feature, there are no labels. The annotation itself is the label.
Definition Query: None

Zoning General Use Types  (metadata)
Description: Zoning General Use Types is a polygon feature class which contains the City of Bellingham's Standard Zoning Classification Symbology. Attributes include Zoning General Use type, Zoning Sub Area Number and Neighborhood Name and Code.
Symbology: Polygons are symbolized by color based on the “Unique Value” of the GENERAL_USE_TYPE. Colors are based on the standard zoning maps published by the City of Bellingham. A 20% transparency has been applied.
Labels: None
Definition Query: A definition query has been written to exclude the Urban Growth Area Zones.

Zoning Lines  (metadata)
Description: Zoning Lines is a line feature class which symbolizes the City of Bellingham and Urban Growth Area Zoning boundaries. Attributes are coded values that represent the zoning line type.
Symbology: Lines are symbolized by the “Unique Value” of the ZONING_LINE_TYPE.
Labels: None
Definition Query: None

Zoning Sub Area Labels  (metadata)
Description: This data set contains annotation (text stored in map coordinates) for City of Bellingham Zoning Sub Areas as permanent label features. Annotation is cartographically sized, placed and rotated.
Symbology: None
Labels: Because this is an annotation feature, there are no labels. The annotation itself is the label.
Definition Query: None

*Layer files are only included with the GDB download.

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